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Tigers season opener met with long rain delays

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A late night was had by Tiger fans at the Liberty Bowl, who sat through numerous rain delays. A late night was had by Tiger fans at the Liberty Bowl, who sat through numerous rain delays.
The season opener for Tiger football brought plenty of excitement to fans Saturday at Tiger Lane. The season opener for Tiger football brought plenty of excitement to fans Saturday at Tiger Lane.
The fans were just as fired up as the variety of food on the grills. The fans were just as fired up as the variety of food on the grills.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - It was a late night for Tiger Football fans at the Liberty Bowl after sitting through numerous rain delays.

Officials planned to wait out the rain to finish up the game after numerous delays due to dangerous lightening.  At one point, power was out at the Liberty Bowl.

Tiger lane was packed with people who wanted nothing more than to see the football program exceed all expectations.

The season opener for Tiger football brought plenty of excitement to fans Saturday at Tiger Lane, like Berlin Boyd.

"We're excited we have a new athletic director, a new coach, Justin Fuente, so we're excited about this season," said Boyd.

Many fans anticipated a new beginning.

"Looking forward to seeing wins because the enthusiasm of the coaches and the staff is totally different from what we've ever seen before," stated alumnus George Powell

The fans were just as fired up as the variety of food on the grills.

"We got some turkey burgers going on here. we got some chicken apple bratwurst going here," said Powell.

Alumnus Jimmy Shotwell says he's been tailgating for more than a decade and as he was setting up his tent, he was pleasantly surprised.

"It was the coach Justin," Shotwell said.  "The first time in 10 plus years that I've seen  a coach come out here on a Friday night and say thank you," he added.

While more seasoned tailgaters celebrated, a new crowd cheered on the team.

This is the first year for the Rhythm and Blue tailgate party, with plenty of free food and family fun.

"We have testing for your health, we have the Corvette club, we have the Camaro club, we have bouncers for the kids, popcorn, snow cones, we have it all," said Boyd.

Tiger sprit was in the air and even the youngest fans were hopeful about a fresh start.

Very few fans left who were willing to ride out the storms until the end of the game, which finally continued into the fourth quarter after 11 o'clock Saturday night.

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