Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Liberty Bowl Could Get $4.8M Upgrade

Posted By on Tue, Dec 1, 2015 at 3:07 PM


The Liberty Bowl stadium could get about 4,000 new, premium seats (seats with seatbacks) in a $4.8 million upgrade to be paid for by the University of Memphis.

The university asked the Memphis City Council Tuesday to front the money for the project, which Ryan Alpert, U of M assistant athletic director, said is “pivotal to continue the success of our football program.”

Alpert said the university is looking into aligning with another, larger conference and growing the amount of premium seats “is important to us.” He said if the Liberty Bowl’s amount of premium seating was compared to stadiums in the big five conferences, “we’d be at the bottom.”

The university is currently re-negotiating its contract with the city. Alpert said the university would include the $4.8 million for the upgrade in that new contract, using the city as a financial conduit.

While the project would add more premium seats, it would reduce the overall complement of seats by 1,400.

The council will vote on the project during its next meeting in two weeks. 

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