Grizzlies at the FedExForum. Photo Credit: Commercial Appeal

Official Guide To Memphis Sports

2017-2018 Edition

Come for the sports and stay for the fun with this year’s Official Sports Guide.

Known as the “Grit and Grind” capital and home to one of the nation’s most valuable NBA franchises, Memphis has a fast-paced, energetic scene for every sports fanatic. This season of NBA, NCAA, minor league basketball, AAA baseball, golf, racing, high school athletes, and hockey might be the most competitive one to date.

Memphis Grizzlies play at FedExForum
Rocky Redbird
Golfing in Memphis. Photo Credit: Marvin Garcia
Whether an enthusiastic fan or eager participant, the Memphis sports scene has something for everybody.

Cheer On The Grizzlies!

The NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies take it to the rim at Downtown Memphis’ FedExForum from September thru April every year. Scrappy ballplayers leave it all on the court while timeouts and halftime are filled with world-class entertainment from around the world. Step out of the FedExForum and right onto Beale Street after the game for a neon-infused 5th quarter – complete with live music, great food and an even better vibe.
Pro Tip: Stay an extra day and explore more of Downtown, which is home to the National Civil Rights Museum, Orpheum Theater, Memphis Rock 'N' Soul Museum, Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid and Sun Studio.

Where To Park For A Memphis Grizzlies Game:

The FedExForum offers parking in the attached garage for a fee. Other parking lots are available nearby for $5-20, depending on proximity to the stadium. Guests at downtown hotels are able to walk to the stadium. Guests in Midtown or East Memphis are encouraged to take advantage of MATA bus services or Uber.

The 2017-2018 season includes 41 home games with half of them occurring on the weekend. Learn more about this season's most anticipated matchups in this quick guide.

Go Tigers, Go!

The Memphis Tigers earned their stripes a long time ago and host all home games at the FedExForum alongside their NBA peers. During football season, they take over the Liberty Bowl Stadium in Midtown – a few blocks away from one of America’s favorite neighborhoods, Cooper-Young. For a taste of the free-spirited college scene, head to the nearby Highland Strip in East Memphis, where plenty of bars and pubs await.
Pro Tip: Hop between Cooper-Young and Overton Square when you Ride The Roo, a low-cost shuttle that makes exploring Midtown Memphis a breeze.  

Liberty Bowl Parking:

The Liberty Bowl has a large parking lot and is surrounded by neighborhood street parking. Don’t worry! When the streets fill up, Memphis residents turn their front lawns into convenient parking lots for a small fee.

When the sun goes down and the blue lights come on, you know it's officially a Tiger gameday in Memphis. Whether taking over the Liberty Bowl stadium or the FedExForum, an exciting game and a big win is in the near future!

St. Jude Marathon

Thousands of St. Jude Heroes™ line Memphis streets for the Bluff City’s biggest marathon event. Every race course takes runners past a celebrated Memphis landmark and through St. Jude's main campus. Whether participating in one of the courses or cheering from the sidelines, the St. Jude Marathon is a signature Memphis event with a life-saving mission that everyone can get behind.

Runners at the St Jude Marathon
Runners will discover that the city is fully invested in your visit to Memphis. From the attractions to the shops to restaurants to our locals - all are eager to roll out the red carpet and make your extended weekend a memorable experience that lasts.

Root For The Home Team

Take the family out to a ballgame at the Memphis RedbirdsAutozone Park. The AAA St. Louis Cardinals affiliate serves up a great, low-cost, family-friendly day at one of the finest baseball parks in the minor leagues. Peanuts, cracker jacks and Memphis-style barbecue nachos await. Entertainment kicks things off during the pre-game for many games. Plus, weekend evening games include a post-game fireworks show.

Memphis Redbirds: Commercial Appeal
Each season features some of the coolest pre-game and post-game surprises, plus promotions to keep ticket prices low and spirits high!
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Memphis Hustle

In 2017, the Memphis Grizzlies welcomed their new G-League team, the Memphis Hustle, to the bluff city. Cheer them on at the Landers Center from November to April every year.

Mississippi RiverKings

Ice hockey fans will fall in love with the mean and majestic Mississippi RiverKings. Take a short drive to the Landers Center for a hardcore season that starts in October and runs through April.

FedEx St. Jude Classic

PGA’s FedEx St. Jude Classic is the championship golf tournament that you can’t miss. It attracts thousands of enthusiastic golf fans to the TPC Southwind and includes celebrity golfers throughout the event. Past winners include Fred Couples, Gary Player and Lee Trevino.

Plan Your FedEx St. Jude Tournament Weekend Itinerary

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl Football Classic matchup has been a Memphis staple for over 50 years. Pairing the Big 12 Conference winner against an Southeastern Conference pick, the football matchups draws thousands of enthusiastic fans to one of the most tradition-rich games in the nation.

Plan Your Libery Bowl Weekend

Southern Heritage Classic

The annual Southern Heritage Classic pits rivals Jackson State and Tennessee State against each other every Labor Day weekend. This historic extravaganza celebrates Memphis’ rich cultural heritage and is topped off with plenty of tailgating, concerts, parades and a battle of the bands.

Your Guide to Southern Heritage Classic Weekend

High School Athletics

Thousands of families arrive in Memphis every year for high school sporting events every year. Soccer fans kick things up at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex with annual events like the Rose Cup in September and the Blues City Blowout in March. AAU basketball tournaments and national baseball tournaments also take place in Memphis.

St. Jude Dragon Boat Race

In May, the Duncan Williams, Inc. – St. Jude Dragon Boat Race takes over Mud Island River Park with hundreds of attendees cheering as rowers paddle across the Mississippi River in speedy synchronization.  

Outdoors, Inc. Canoe & Kayak Race

Things get wild during June's Canoe & Kayak Race when over 500 recreational to expert kayakers take off down Wolf River to the Mississippi River. After racing under a bridge and past Mud Island River Park, a winner will be declared on the banks of Harbor Town.

St. Jude Ride Memphis

Every October, individuals and relay teams of all ages visit Tom Lee Park in Downtown Memphis to kick off a weekend of live music, food, games and bicycling to save lives as a part of the St. Jude Ride Memphis.