MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - When the Memphis Tigers football team opens its season September 3 their home field, the Liberty Bowl, will have a new look to it. Hopefully one good enough to attract the Big 12 Conference.
The stadium is undergoing more than $5.5 million in renovations.
The biggest ticket item is the addition of about 5,000 chair back seats to either sideline. The old benches had to be taken out to make room for the more comfortable seats, which include cup holders.
U of M Deputy Athletic Director Mark Alnutt said the improvements should show the Big 12 Memphis means business when it comes to supporting the Tigers.
"Every little bit helps," Alnutt said. "Whether we're trying to compete in the American Athletic Conference and comparing our stadium our situation to our peers, or what have you. Anytime you're not stagnant from a facilities standpoint, that's a good thing. This is what we're showing our commitment to be able to improve our facilities."