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FedExForum
FedExForum
The Grindhouse
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Address 191 Beale Street
Location Memphis, Tennessee
Coordinates 35°8?18?N 90°3?2?W / 35.13833°N 90.05056°W / 35.13833; -90.05056Coordinates: 35°8?18?N 90°3?2?W / 35.13833°N 90.05056°W / 35.13833; -90.05056
Owner City of Memphis
Operator Memphis Basketball, LLC.
Capacity Basketball: 18,119
Ice hockey: 16,411
Concert: 19,000
Construction
Broke ground June 20, 2002
Opened September 6, 2004
Construction cost US$250 million
($324 million in 2017 dollars[1])
Architect Ellerbe Becket[2]
Looney Ricks Kiss[3]
Jackson Person & Associates, Inc.[3]
Self Tucker Architects Inc.[3]
Project manager PC Sports[4]
Structural engineer ABS-EQE Structural Engineers[2]
General contractor M.A. Mortenson Company[2]
Tenants
Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) (2004-present)
Memphis Tigers (NCAA) (2004-present)
Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament (2005-2009, 2012)
American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament (2014)

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, 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 shows.

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 Memphis Summer 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 $92 million. FedExForum was financed using $250 million of public bonds, which were issued by the Memphis Public Building Authority (PBA).

Design

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 m²). The Arena is round, with a dome. The playing floor is lower than ground level. It is capable of seating 18,119[5] 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.[6] 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 Garden, Moda Center, Capital One Arena, Philips Arena, and Staples Center after the approval. As of the 2011-12 NBA season every NBA arena had implemented the transparent shot clocks, with Pepsi Center, The Palace of Auburn Hills, Oracle Arena, Target Center, and Sleep Train Arena being the last NBA arenas to install the clocks.

Renovations

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[7] and the main basketball court was replaced for the Grizzlies for $200,000[8], 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.[9] In 2017, the Grizzlies announced a 1.8 million dollar renovation to the arena,[10] which includes a brand new HD scoreboard four times the size of the former, new HD displays, new LED Lighting, and other additional fan amenities, which was completed in time for the beginning of the 2017-2018 NBA Season .[11]

Hosted events

College Basketball

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 March 12-15, 2014, the American Athletic Conference hosted their inaugural tournament at the FedExForum. It will host the tournament again in 2019.[12]

Hockey

On September 21, 2006, the Nashville Predators and the Columbus Blue Jackets played the first NHL game ever at FedEx Forum.[]

Boxing, WWE & MMA

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.

FedExForum has hosted three major professional wrestling events. In 2007, 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 Hogan versus 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.[13]

On December 12, 2009, FedExForum hosted an Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight title fight, UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez

Concerts

Date Artist Opening act(s) Tour / Concert name Attendance Revenue Notes
July 10, 2005 Destiny's Child -- Destiny Fulfilled... and Lovin' It -- --
November 4, 2005 Elton John -- Peachtree Road Tour 13,314 / 13,314 $844,833
December 3, 2005 Rolling Stones Los Lonely Boys A Bigger Bang 14,688 / 14,688 $2,294,755
July 9, 2006 Tim McGraw
Faith Hill
-- Soul2Soul II Tour -- --
November 14, 2006 Def Leppard
Journey
Stoll Vaughan Yeah! Tour -- --
July 7, 2007 Beyoncé -- The Beyoncé Experience -- --
August 6, 2007 Justin Timberlake Good Charlotte
Timbaland
FutureSex/LoveShow -- --
November 29, 2007 Miley Cyrus Jonas Brothers Best of Both Worlds Tour -- --
May 15, 2008 Alicia Keys -- As I Am Tour -- --
November 16, 2008 Eagles -- Long Road Out of Eden Tour -- --
January 30, 2009 AC/DC The Answer Black Ice World Tour 13,673 / 13,673 $1,155,086
July 26, 2009 American Idols LIVE! Tour 2009 -- --
October 21, 2009 Miley Cyrus Metro Station Wonder World Tour 12,256 / 13,010 $864,662
March 19, 2010 John Mayer Michael Franti and Spearhead Battle Studies World Tour -- --
July 31, 2010 Justin Bieber -- My World Tour 13,750 / 14,750 $407,795
December 29, 2010 Usher Trey Songz
Miguel
OMG Tour 11,350 / 11,350 $743,770
April 9, 2011 Kings of Leon Band of Horses Come Around Sundown World Tour -- --
May 19, 2011 Bon Jovi Billy Falcon Bon Jovi Live 15,912 / 15,912 $1,353,835
June 3, 2011 Michael Bublé Naturally 7 Crazy Love Tour 6,228 / 6,500 $428,398
July 29, 2011 Sade John Legend Sade Live 7,020 / 7,600 $622,278
September 14, 2011 Journey Night Ranger
Foreigner
Eclipse Tour -- --
October 26, 2011 Chris Brown -- F.A.M.E. Tour -- --
October 30, 2011 Taylor Swift -- Speak Now World Tour 12,604 / 12,604 $820,036
April 12, 2012 Red Hot Chili Peppers Santigold I'm with You World Tour 13,021 / 13,021 $661,688
June 5, 2012 Drake -- Club Paradise Tour -- --
November 1, 2012 Justin Bieber Carly Rae Jepsen Believe Tour 13,511 / 13,511 $932,669
December 18, 2012 Carrie Underwood Hunter Hayes Blown Away Tour 8,367 / 8,367 $476,935
March 16, 2013 Elton John -- 40th Anniversary of the Rocket Man -- -- [14]
May 26, 2013 Paul McCartney -- Out There 13,562 / 13,562 $2,012,584 This is his first concert in the city since 1993.[15]
October 14, 2013 Eagles -- History of the Eagles - Live in Concert -- --
October 24, 2013 Jason Aldean Jake Owen 2013 Night Train Tour 9,844 / 12,435 $414,276
November 18, 2013 Justin Timberlake DJ Freestyle The 20/20 Experience World Tour 14,005 / 14,005 $1,399,215
November 29, 2013 John Mayer -- Born and Raised World Tour -- --
March 7, 2014 Luke Bryan Lee Brice
Cole Swindell
That's My Kind of Night Tour 13,272 / 13,272 $665,058
June 6, 2014 Bruno Mars Aloe Blacc Moonshine Jungle Tour 13,837 / 13,837 $990,937
June 18, 2014 Lionel Richie CeeLo Green All the Hits, All Night Long -- --
July 30, 2014 Michael Bublé Naturally 7 To Be Loved Tour 6,236 / 6,236 $449,300
October 5, 2014 Katy Perry Tegan and Sara
Ferras
Prismatic World Tour 13,136 / 13,136 $1,177,517
October 14, 2014 Pearl Jam -- Lightning Bolt Tour -- --
December 8, 2014 Usher DJ Cassidy
August Alsina
UR Experience Tour -- --
July 13, 2015 Imagine Dragons Metric
Halsey
Smoke + Mirrors Tour -- --
September 29, 2015 Janet Jackson -- Unbreakable World Tour -- --
October 7, 2015 Foo Fighters Gary Clark Jr. Sonic Highways World Tour -- --
March 18, 2016 Fall Out Boy PVRIS
Awolnation
Wintour is Coming 8,052 / 8,052 $437,508
March 25, 2016 Billy Joel -- Billy Joel in Concert -- --
September 12, 2016 Maroon 5 Tove Lo
R. City
Maroon V Tour 10,367 / 16,805 $786,408
November 3, 2016 Pentatonix Us The Duo
Abi Ann
Pentatonix World Tour 2016 4,329 / 6,200 $236,225
November 13, 2016 Carrie Underwood Easton Corbin
The Swon Brothers
Storyteller Tour: Stories in the Round 9,321 / 10,201 $643,656
January 12, 2017 Red Hot Chili Peppers Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
Jack Irons
The Getaway World Tour 12,002 / 12,002 $1,015,832
February 2, 2017 Garth Brooks
Trisha Yearwood
Karyn Rochelle Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood -- --
February 3, 2017 Karyn Rochelle
Runaway June
2 Shows
February 4, 2017 --
March 4, 2017 Twenty One Pilots Jon Bellion
Judah & the Lion
Emotional Roadshow World Tour -- --
March 8, 2017 Stevie Nicks The Pretenders 24 Karat Gold Tour 6,390 / 8,334 $626,954
March 16, 2017 Bon Jovi Cusses This House Is Not for Sale Tour 14,986 / 15,229 $964,562 [16]
April 8, 2017 Panic! At The Disco MisterWives
Saint Motel
Death of a Bachelor Tour -- --
May 4, 2017 Future Migos
Tory Lanez
ASAP Ferg
Zoey Dollaz
Nobody Safe Tour 7,830 / 10,161 $405,570
September 17, 2017 Bruno Mars Dua Lipa 24K Magic World Tour 14,815 / 14,815 $1,597,428
December 6, 2017 Janet Jackson -- State of the World Tour -- -- [17]

Other event

In August 2010, the Professional Bull Riders' Built Ford Tough Series tour made their first appearance at FedExForum.[18]

On August 4, 2010, FedExForum held the memorial service to Memphis native Lorenzen Wright, a Memphis Tigers alum and former Memphis Grizzlies player.

On November 1, 2013, rapper Future performed for the Memphis Grizzlies 2013-2014 season home opener.

See also

References

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  2. ^ a b c "FedExForum". Ellerbe Becket. Archived from the original on April 5, 2012. Retrieved 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "FedExForum". Athletic Business. Retrieved 2015. 
  4. ^ "FedExForum". PC Sports. Archived from the original on February 25, 2014. Retrieved 2012. 
  5. ^ "Memphis Grizzlies". Forbes. 2006. Retrieved 2014. 
  6. ^ "Fans Like NBA's See-Through Shot Clocks". NBC Sports. November 19, 2005. Retrieved 2011. 
  7. ^ "Latest Project:FedEx Forum, Home of the Memphis Grizzlies, Upgrades Its Audio System With HARMAN BSS Audio Soundweb London Processing". Audio Communications Consultants Inc. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ "Grizzlies install new main court in FedexForum". 
  9. ^ "Grizzlies set to begin construction at FedExForum to enhance Basketball Facilities | Memphis Grizzlies". Memphis Grizzlies. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ "Memphis Daily News". 
  11. ^ "New scoreboard, high-def upgrades coming to FedExForum | Memphis Grizzlies". Memphis Grizzlies. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ "FedExForum will host 2019 AAC men's basketball tournament". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved . 
  13. ^ Wrestling events at the FedExForum, from WrestlingData.com
  14. ^ "Elton and the band for Memphis, Tennessee". Elton John. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 2013. 
  15. ^ "Paul Confirms New Date 'Out There!' In Memphis". PaulMcCartney.com. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 2013. 
  16. ^ "Fourth Round Opening Act Winners". Bon Jovi. 2017-03-02. Retrieved . 
  17. ^ Mehr, Bob (December 7, 2017). "Review: Janet Jackson offers spectacle and intimacy at FedExForum concert". Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 2017. 
  18. ^ "Memphis Invitational Presented by Cooper Tires". Professional Bull Riders. Archived from the original on December 5, 2010. Retrieved 2011. 

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