58th AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Friday, December 30, 2016 - 11:00AM (CST)

MISSION STATEMENT

1) Showcase Memphis and the Mid-South to the nation through the national telecast of the annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl game to enhance the image of the community, both in the eyes of the actual attendees and the television audience.

2) To create positive economic impact in our community by inviting universities, their teams and entire constituencies to Memphis and to create and sponsor first class events for these guests.

3) To conduct civic events within Memphis and the Mid-South for all persons to participate with a goal of creating civic pride for all Memphians and Mid-Southerners.

4) To feature St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (the great hospital founded by Danny Thomas) in our various activities to assist the hospital in their mission of saving lives and finding cures for childhood diseases.

5) To emphasize the principles of freedom, patriotism and liberty….the very principles upon which our Bowl game was founded.

6) To create an outstanding experience for all students, student-athletes, cheerleaders, dance teams, band members, faculty, staff, alumni and fans attending and participating in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

 
OVERVIEW
Since 2004, Memphis-based AutoZone (NYSE: AZO) has served as the title sponsor of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. In 2014, AutoZone extended its title sponsorship agreement with the AutoZone Liberty Bowl for six additional years. The extended agreement will begin with the 2014 college football season and continue through the 2019 season. AutoZone is the leading retailer and a leading distributor of automotive parts and accessories in the United States.
 
On the field, the SEC and Big 12 Conference, two of the most successful and nationally recognizable conferences in the country, are slated to supply teams to play in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl for the next several seasons. Together with these two outstanding conferences and their member institutions, we look forward to adding several exciting new chapters to the rich history of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
 
In 2016, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl will again support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This is a partnership that brings together a college-football tradition and an internationally recognized biomedical research center dedicated to finding cures for catastrophic diseases in children. The AutoZone Liberty Bowl Football Classic will increase awareness of the lifesaving work performed at St. Jude Hospital for cancer-stricken children by providing international exposure. Each year, players and coaches from both teams visit St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital to help spread holiday cheer and give encouragement to St. Jude patients.

 
HISTORY OF THE BOWL
The AutoZone Liberty Bowl Football Classic is the seventh oldest college bowl game and is one of the most tradition-rich and patriotic bowl games in America. The AutoZone Liberty Bowl was founded in Philadelphia in 1959 and the inaugural game featured a match-up between Penn State and Alabama. That game began a tradition of great stars, exciting football, and was the first of 57 thrilling chapters in the history of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Football Classic. The AutoZone Liberty Bowl has enjoyed many highlights through the years. The Bowl has hosted all-time great coaches such as Paul “Bear” Bryant, Lou Holtz, Tom Osborne, Steve Spurrier and Bill Snyder. The Bowl’s history also includes four Heisman Trophy winners (Ernie Davis, Terry Baker, Doug Flutie and Bo Jackson) and other stars such as Archie Manning and Donovan McNabb.
 
 
 
2016 GAME
The 58th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl will kick off at 11am(cst) on Friday, December 30, 2016. The game will be nationally televised by ESPN. 
 
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THE BELL BEHIND THE BOWL

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The AutoZone Liberty Bowl Trophy produced by Schulmerich is an authentic, one-quarter-sized replica of the bell that rang in Independence Hall to announce the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It has the same nicked edges, foundry marks, misspelled inscription and even the famous frack - all crafted o maintain the integrity of the Bell in every detail. Cast in traditional black bronze, the Bell measures 12 inches in diameter and 11-1/2 inches height with crown. It is bolted to a handmade wooden yoke and wings on legs cast with filigree design that appears on the original mounting. 

 

 

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LOCATION
The AutoZone Liberty Bowl is held at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, TN
LIBERTY BOWL MEMORIAL STADIUM
Opened: 1965 Capacity: 60,121 Surface: Astroturf
Address: 335 S. Hollywood, Memphis, TN 38104 Phone: 901-729-4344
Website:www.TheLibertyBowlStadium.com
Top 5 Largest Crowds in AutoZone Liberty Bowl History
1) 63,816 - Mississippi State vs. UCF - 12/29/2007
2) 62,742 - Arkansas vs. East Carolina - 1/02/2010
3) 61,497 - Air Force vs. Mississippi State - 12/29/1991
4) 61,136 - Arkansas vs. Kansas State - 1/02/2016
5) 60,128 - Ole Miss vs. Air Force - 12/28/1989
 
MEMPHIS, TN
County: Shelby Metro Population: 1,316,100 (2012) Founded: May 22, 1819
Memphis Mayor: Jim Strickland Shelby County Mayor: Mark Luttrell
Notable Memphians:

Kathy Bates (actress), Paul Finebaum (Sports Radio Personality), Aretha Franklin (singer), Morgan Freeman (actor), Al Green (musician), Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway (professional basketball player), Isaac Hayes (Academy Award-winning musician), B.B. King (musician), Jerry Lawler (professional wrestler), Jerry Lee Lewis (musician), Tim McCarver (professional baseball player/ broadcaster), Michael Oher (NFL player, Tennessee Titans), Elvis Presley (iconic musician and actor), Cybill Shepherd (actress), Fred Smith (founder and chairman of FedEx), Danny Thomas (entertainer/ founder of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital), Fred D. Thompson (actor and former U.S. Senator), Justin Timberlake (musician/ actor), Kemmons Wilson (businessman, founder of Holiday Inn)

COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF:

Friday, December 30, 2016 - 11:00 AM CST
For Tickets Call (901) 795-7700
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