Liberty FBS move helps Flames Club break records in 2017

libertyNews of Liberty’s move to the FBS level sparked a renewed fire in Flames Nation, including record growth in the Flames Club in 2017.

The Flames Club, the booster club organization for Liberty Athletics, experienced a 19 percent increase in membership in 2017 and a five percent increase in total contributions.

The Flames Club crossed over the 1,200 member threshold for the first time in the organization’s history, finishing the year with a record 1,225 members. They also raised nearly $1.4 million dollars in total contributions during the 2017 campaign, including annual fund, legacy/capital gifts and luxury suite sales.

Growth for the Flames Club is nothing new for the organization. The Flames Club has encountered 13 straight years of consecutive growth.

Much of the Flames Club’s record growth in 2017 was due in large part to the Feb. 16 announcement that the NCAA had approved a waiver allowing Liberty to enter into the two-year FBS reclassification process without an invitation to join a FBS conference.

The Flames Club also sold out of its suites at Williams Stadium and the Liberty Baseball Stadium during the 2017 campaign. The Flames Club has enjoyed a 99 percent occupancy rate in its suites at these two facilities since they opened in 2010 and 2013, respectively.

Flames Nation support was also felt in the Vines Center in 2017. The Flames Club sold out of courtside seating for all home men’s basketball games for the first time.

Growth in the Flames Club has allowed the organization to expand its staff. Last year, the Flames Club hired Liberty alumni Mike Hagen (Assistant AD/Director of Major Gifts) and Adam Goodwin (Director of Alumni Relations for Athletics) to assist in the future growth of the club.

With the Flames’ first season at the FBS level on the horizon, the Flames Club has planned new and improved membership privileges for seating, parking and pregame dining options for its members for the upcoming football season.

Fans can support Liberty Football and enjoy special game-day privileges by joining the Flames Club. The Flames Club exists to underwrite Liberty Athletics’ three-fold mission to train Champions for Christ, provide a world-class student-athlete experience and achieve victory with integrity.

Flames Club membership starts at just $60 and members can enjoy preferred parking, seating and pregame hospitality benefits, based upon membership level. All seats at Williams Stadium other than general admission bleacher seats require membership in the Flames Club.

For more information about red reserved bench-back seats, blue premium chair-back seats, club seats or future loge box seats, call 434-582-CLUB (2582), email, or visit

augusta free press
augusta free press news

UVA Basketball Fans!

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25. The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe, and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018 through to the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”

Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”

Buy here.

AFP Business

As professional consultants, Augusta Free Press LLC provides clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia and beyond with marketing and PR solutions including website design, SEO, TV/radio, video work, branding and logos, social media and overall marketing campaign design and implementation. Augusta Free Press LLC was founded in 2002.

Web Design

Augusta Free Press has designed more than 800 websites for clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia. We take care of all facets of web design – visual design, layout design, content development and SEO. Short on staff? We’ll work with you to update your AFP-designed website in a timely manner or train your staff to make changes.

Marketing/Social Media Management

Augusta Free Press manages advertising campaigns for small- and medium-sized businesses across Virginia. You don’t need to hire a full-time marketing coordinator. Bring the experience of the Augusta Free Press team to work for you – for a fraction of the cost.

Graphic Design

Augusta Free Press will help you take your vision to the next level. From branding and logos to print materials, our team will work with you to develop products to showcase your business. From brochures and rack cards to full-color magazines or print/digital ads, we’ve got you covered.

Event Planning/Fundraising

Augusta Free Press will help you plan the best event for your organization. From an open house or anniversary to a 5K or Pay Per View, we can handle it all. Looking for training for your sales staff? We can help energize your employees or board. Need ideas to raise more money? Let us help you plan a successful event. Want to hold a news conference or need help with a press release? We can do that too.

Click here for more.