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Liberty Bowl organizers on high alert for severe weather

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The possibility of severe weather at today's AutoZone Liberty Bowl game has put the stadium's management team on high alert.

General manager Pierre Landaiche said he is prepared to stop the game if players or fans are in danger.

"National Weather Service is working with the Shelby County Office of Preparedness," said Landaiche.  "They will call me directly, I will notify the officials on the field and they will potentially delay the game."

Landaiche said one of the most serious safety concerns is lightning.

"If it's within six to 10 miles of the stadium, then it's a good idea to delay the game," said Landaiche.

If necessary, fans will be instructed to take cover in the concourse areas of the stadium.

"The stadium is made of concrete, so not a lot can happen to it," said Landaiche.

Ticket holders can also leave the event and can come back for re-entry with their ticket stub.

Football fans had already set up plastic tents on Tiger Lane Thursday night.  The tents will keep them covered from the rain, but high winds could present a challenge.

More than 200 staff members will handle crowd control in the event of an evacuation.

While a severe weather plan is in place, organizers said they hope the only thunder at the game is generated by the roar of the crowd.

Any potential announcements will be made over the Liberty Bowl's public address system.  The game kicks off at 2:30 p.m. Friday.  The gates to Tiger Lane will open at 8:00 a.m.

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