Memphis is no stranger to hosting professional football teams. In fact, the city has been home to at least five, including the NFL's Tennessee Titans, who played a single season in Memphis after leaving Houston and ultimately settling in Nashville. The Home of the Blues gets another shot at a pro team when the Alliance of American Football's Memphis Express kick off their inaugural season February 16 at Liberty Bowl Stadium against the Arizona Hotshots.
The Express, one of eight teams in the new AAF, open their first season February 10 at the Birmingham Iron.
Coached by former San Francisco 49ers head coach and eight-time All-Pro selection Mike Singletary, the most well-known player on the Express roster is likely former Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg, who set 10 freshman records and broke the school's single-game passing record during his freshman season. He went on be a second-round NFL draft pick, but played only two seasons in the NFL, playing behind such experienced QBs as Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh McNown and Geno Smith. Hackenberg is one of three quarterbacks on the Express roster and was selected in the second round of the league's quarterback draft.
Memphis' roster is further dotted with defensive players from big-time college programs, including Michigan and Tennessee.
With Memphis' season opener approaching, here's a look at ticket options at Liberty Bowl Stadium.
Called the "Boarding Pass," Express season tickets come with a bevy of "Express 365 Benefits," including exclusive access to the team and private events, dedicated ticket representatives, parking, and upgraded amenities. Season tickets start at $75 for five home games, and season-ticket holders will have priority access to post-season tickets, as well as the option to automatically renew each year.
Single-game tickets are available for all Express home games, including the February 16 home opener against the Arizona Hotshots. Tickets for all games start at $20, but primary market ticket partner Ticketmaster also has higher-end seats available for the season opener, including in Row 14 of Section 104 behind the Express bench starting at $125.
Group tickets are available in either the reserved or general seating areas and are available for groups of more than 10 patrons. The Express is currently taking deposits for groups of 10 or more for all of their home games. Group tickets can be customized to fit any fan's desired outing.
For a unique pro football experience, Memphis offers five levels of premium tickets. Patrons can choose from the First Class, Express Loge, Priority Sideline, The Hub, or Liberty Bowl Party Suites options, some of which include climate-controlled indoor seating. "First Class" tickets include food and beverage, parking, and reserved seating on the field in a commemorative chair that fans can keep, while the "Liberty Bowl Party Suites" offer similar amenities in a climate-controlled club. The "Express Loge" package includes food and beverage and parking as well a commemorative seat, and the "Priority Sideline" tickets are in the lower bowl and come with a $50 concession credit and parking. In what appears to be a nod to the Raiders famed "Black Hole" section, the Express' "The Hub" tickets are designated general admission tickets for "our most raucous fans to get a unique experience." These seats include five drink coupons.