The Liberty Bowl is the seventh oldest college bowl game and features a battle between a SEC and Big 12 Conference team.
On Thursday, the city of Memphis and the University of Memphis announced that it would be spending at least $150 million to renovate Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium before the 2025 season, with the potential to reach upwards of $200 million. Memphis studied their options on whether to build a new stadium or renovate the current one, before, ultimately coming to this decision
With hopes of moving to a Power Five conference looking to expand, the renovation project helps Memphis look more attractive. The project plans to add a hospitality halo space around the stadium, change the west side with new premium seating options, add family boxes in the north end zone area, and add party deck patios for students in the south end.
Memphis athletic director Laird Veatch spoke on the project saying, “It will optimize our position in tge rapidly evolving landscape of intercollegiate athletics in a more manageable and efficient timeframe. This is the most strategically achievable option for us to pursue and make a game-changing impact at a critical time for our program.”
The Liberty Bowl has been held in Memphis since 1965, with AutoZone becoming the Bowl’s title sponsor in 2004.
Last year’s AutoZone Liberty Bowl featured Mississippi State and Texas Tech, seeing the Red Raiders take home the Liberty Bell 34-7, in front of a crowd of 48,615.
The 2022 AutoZone Liberty Bowl will be the Bowl’s 64th annual game, televised on ESPN, with the date and time to be determined.