July 19, 2021 : By Jacob Couch - Office of Communications & Public Engagement
After the restriction-filled 2020 campaign allowed a maximum of 1,000 spectators for home games, Flames Football will return to full capacity this fall with plans to take the fans’ game-day experience to the next level for one of the most anticipated seasons in program history.
Season ticket sales are currently 40 percent higher than they were at this time in 2019, indicating that fans are excited to once again cheer on the Flames from within Williams Stadium.
“Head Coach Hugh Freeze has done an amazing job at building a great football program here at Liberty,” said Robert Goodman, Liberty’s Associate Athletic Director for Marketing and Ticket Sales. “This year is going to build on the amazing season the team had last year, and we are excited that we are going to be able to share that with Flames Nation.”
Coming off the program’s finest season in 2020 which saw the Flames finish 10-1 overall and ranked No. 17 nationally after a thrilling 37-34 overtime victory over No. 11-ranked Coastal Carolina in the Cure Bowl in Orlando, Fla., Liberty will kick off the 2021 season Sept. 4 at home against Campbell University. After traveling to play at Syracuse, Ole Miss, and UAB, among other road foes, the Flames’ six-game home schedule will peak later in the regular season when Louisiana (Nov. 20) and Army (Nov. 27) come to Williams Stadium on consecutive weekends.
“With Louisiana and Army, they both had amazing seasons last year and both had bowl appearances,” Goodman said. “Louisiana was ranked (in the Top 25) at the end of the year and these are two very good teams coming into Williams Stadium. … Along with the 50th anniversary (of Liberty’s founding) and Homecoming (Oct. 8-9 when the Flames host Middle Tennessee), this is going to be a magical year with Coach Freeze’s team and Malik Willis at quarterback.”
In preparation for the return to full capacity for home games, construction crews have been busy this offseason expanding some of the suites in Williams Stadium to be able to offer more options for season ticket holders.
“We’ll have some improvements on the third floor Club (Pavilion) and the suites, and on top of the fifth floor as well, so that project is ongoing and will be ready (in early) August,” Liberty Athletic Director Ian McCaw said during an interview with LFSN’s Nick Pierce. “Our fans will see a really fresh look in all our premium areas this year, so that will be exciting.”
At each home game, families will be able to once again enjoy the Flames Fan Fest in the Liberty University Indoor Practice Facility, where families can play lawn games and children can enjoy inflatables. The festivities will begin two and a half hours before kickoff and conclude 30 minutes prior to game time. Flames Fan Fest is free and open to all game ticket holders. Additionally, Flames Club members interested in the Flames Club pregame meal can contact FlamesClub@liberty.edu to sign up.
For food during game time, Goodman said that Liberty is excited to offer a new app to help reduce the length of lines at the concession stands. After placing an order online, fans will be able to pick up their food upon notification that it is ready.
On the field, the Flames are returning the majority of their starters on offense and defense including star senior quarterback and national award contender Malik Willis who led the nation in quarterback rushing yards last season with 944 while tallying 14 touchdowns on the ground. The talented dual-threat passer also threw for 2,260 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Fans can get an early look at Willis and the rest of the Flames’ 2021 roster in action on Aug. 14, from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. in Williams Stadium for Fan Appreciation Day.
“There will be giveaways, inflatables, autographs with Sparky, and lawn games,” Goodman said. “Fans will be able to have their pictures taken with Cure Bowl trophies and it will just be a great way to kick off the season.”
For all Flames Football season ticket information, fans can go to LUFootball.com.