FEDEXFORUM is an arena located in downtown
Memphis, Tennessee . It is
the home of the
Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA and the
NCAA Division I
men\'s basketball program of the
University of Memphis
University of Memphis , both of whom
previously played home games at the Pyramid
Arena . The venue also has
the capability of hosting ice hockey games, concerts , and family
The arena officially opened in September 2004 after much debate and
also a derecho wind storm on July 22, 2003, that nearly brought down
the cranes that were building it near the famed
Beale Street . (See
Storm of 2003 .) It was built at a cost of US$250
million and is owned by the City of Memphis; naming rights were
purchased by one of Memphis' most well-known businesses,
FedEx , for
FedExForum was financed using $250 million of public
bonds , which were issued by the Memphis Public Building Authority
* 1 Design
* 2 Renovations
* 3 Hosted events
* 4 See also
* 5 References
* 6 External links
FedExForum during a
Memphis Grizzlies basketball game
FedExForum was designed by architectural firm
Ellerbe Becket .
Concrete work done with the help of Dowco Construction and Apac. The
arena is 805,850 ft² (75,000 m²) in size, covering 14 acres (57,000
Arena is round, with a dome. The playing floor is lower than
ground level. It is capable of seating 18,119 for basketball and has
1,000 premiere courtside seats. There are 27 courtside suites, 32 club
suites, 4 party suites, and 80 club boxes. It also contains a
full-sized practice basketball court, visible from the huge lobby. The
plans called for a mass transit bus depot, which brought a federal
grant of $6 million, but the depot was changed to a premium parking
garage, and Memphis had to return the money.
FedExForum's interior was designed to pay tribute to Memphis' musical
heritage, with paintings and murals depicting some of the city's most
famous artists including
Justin Timberlake ,
Elvis Presley , and B.B.
King . Most of the Arena's restaurants are named in conjunction with
FedExForum's overall theme of music with Opus Restaurant and the Blue
Note Lounge. The two other restaurants are sponsor-driven with the
Lexus Lounge just off the
Arena Floor and Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 in
the Grand Lobby of the Arena.
FedExForum was the first arena to utilize new "see-through" shot
clock units which allow spectators seated behind the basket to see the
action without having the clocks interfere with their view. The idea
came when a fan of the NBA's
New Jersey Nets who sat behind the basket
at Continental Airlines
Arena sent an e-mail to NBA Commissioner David
Stern , asking for technology to improve his view, and Daktronics
obliged with the innovation at
FedExForum in 2004. The NBA approved
the unit a year later for full use and has seen the new units
installed at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center , Spectrum Center , TD
Moda Center , Capital One
Arena , Philips
Arena , and Staples
Center after the approval. As of the
2011–12 NBA season
2011–12 NBA season every NBA
arena had implemented the transparent shot clocks, with
Pepsi Center ,
The Palace of Auburn Hills , Oracle
Target Center , and Sleep
Arena being the last NBA arenas to install the clocks.
In order to keep the Grizzlies in Memphis, the City of Memphis has
completed normal renovations to FedexForum to keep it up to NBA
standards. In 2012, the arena's sound system was replaced and the
main basketball court was replaced for the Grizzlies for $200,000 ,
with the Tigers' court being replaced the following year. Three years
later, FedexForum completed a renovation for the backstage areas,
including a new state-of-the-art video room, a renovation of the
coaches' offices, and office space for FedexForum employees. In 2017,
the Grizzlies announced a 1.8 million dollar renovation to the arena,
which includes a brand new HD scoreboard, new HD displays, new LED
Lighting, and other additional fan amenities, which should be
completed in time for the beginning of the 2017-2018 NBA Season .
On September 25, 2004,
FedExForum hosted the Glen Johnson vs Roy
Jones Jr. for the
IBF Light heavyweight title. Johnson won the fight
with a 9th-round knockout.
On September 21, 2006, the
Nashville Predators and the Columbus Blue
Jackets played the first NHL game ever at
FedExForum has hosted three major professional wrestling events. In
World Wrestling Entertainment 's Unforgiven took place on
September 16, (headlined by
The Undertaker and
Mark Henry ), and the
PMG Clash of Legends independent show on April 27, featuring Hulk
Paul Wight . In 2015, it hosted
WWE Fastlane on February
22. The first of five WWE house shows took place on September 19,
2004, shortly after the venue opened. It has hosted seven episodes of
WWE Raw and four of
WWE SmackDown . One notable instance of WWE at the
arena was when
Daniel Bryan "occupied" Raw with hundreds of his fans
inside the ring and surrounding the ringside area on March 10, 2014.
On February 23, 2008,
FedExForum hosted the college basketball game
featuring the No. 1 ranked
Memphis Tigers vs. the No. 2 ranked
Tennessee Volunteers .
Tennessee won the game 66–62. The facility
also hosted the
Conference USA men's basketball tournament from 2005
to 2009. It was the site of the South regional semifinals and finals
in the 2009 , 2014 , and 2017 editions of the
NCAA Division I Men\'s
Basketball Tournament .
FedExForum was one of the four regional finals
in the 2010
NCAA Division I Women\'s
Basketball Tournament .
On December 12, 2009,
FedExForum hosted an Ultimate Fighting
Championship lightweight title fight, UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez .
In August 2010, the
Professional Bull Riders ' Built Ford Tough
Series tour made their first appearance at FedExForum.
On August 4, 2010,
FedExForum held the memorial service to Memphis
Lorenzen Wright , a
Memphis Tigers alum and former Memphis
On November 1, 2013, rapper Future performed for the Memphis
Grizzlies 2013–2014 season home opener.
On March 12–15, 2014, the
American Athletic Conference hosted their
first annual tournament at the FedExForum. It will host the tournament
again in 2019.
* List of
NCAA Division I basketball arenas
* List of NBA Arenas
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