Memphis for the Sports Fan

Marathon runners pass FedEx Forum

St. Jude Memphis Marathon runners pass many Memphis sites. Photo by Andrea Zucker.

St. Jude Classic. Photo Credit: Marvin Garcia

St. Jude Classic. Photo Credit: Marvin Garcia

Youth baseball at USA Baseball Stadium

Youth tournaments are frequently held at USA Baseball Stadium. Photo by Andrea Zucker.

Memphis Grizzlies playing at FedExForum. Photo Credit: Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty Images

The Memphis Grizzlies play before a sold out crowd at FedExForum. Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty Images

Mirimichi Golf Course: Andrea Zucker

Hole #18 at Mirimichi Golf Course by Andrea Zucker

AutoZone Park Memphis Redbirds players

Memphis Redbirds Players photo by Craig Thompson

Zach Randolph of Memphis Grizzlies - Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty Images

Zach Randolph drives to the hoop for the Memphis Grizzlies. Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty Images

Memphis is a veritable melting pot for sports fanatics. From pro basketball to college football and professional golf, Memphis has it all for the sports fan.

The NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies are one of the main professional sports draws. Calling Memphis home for over 10 years, the Grizzlies have assembled a core of talented and exciting young players. Mike Conley and Zach Randolph run and gun for 48 fun-filled minutes at FedExForum located right off Beale Street. After the game, you can help them celebrate a victory at any of the fantastic restaurants or bars that line the historic street.

The University of Memphis Tigers men’s basketball team also calls FedExForum home. The Tigers are loaded with a bevy of talented players and often ranked amongst the top 25 in the nation.

The AAA affiliate to the St. Louis Cardinals, the Memphis Redbirds play just a hop, skip and a jump from the Grizzlies in beautiful AutoZone Park. Widely considered one of the finest baseball parks in the minor leagues, AutoZone Park is a little bit Wrigley Field, a little bit Camden Yards and a whole lot of fun. This park offers family-friendly prices, a grassy picnic area and famous barbecue nachos.

If the little white ball is more your sport, go tee-to-green at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. This PGA tournament kicks off off every June at the TPC Southwind. Past winners include Fred Couples, Gary Player and Lee Trevino.

Tunica National golf course and the only environmentally friendly course in North America, Mirimichi, are easily accessible from Memphis. Golfers itching for a challenging course and the feel of soft greens under their feet will not be disappointed.

The Mississippi RiverKings are a cool, hard-hitting hockey team just a short drive over the Mississippi border. They play every October through April in the DeSoto Civic Center. 

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.

For the weekend warrior, Memphis is filled with plenty of outdoors activities at Shelby Farms Park, where families can bike, hike and paddle through an outdoor park larger than Central Park and Golden Gate Park combined. Jump on the Greenline and pedal through the city’s rails-to-trails bike path on your way back. You’ll hardly know you’re smack dab in the middle of a city.   

Kick around at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex that houses 16 regulation fields, soccer clubs and clinics, or check out the Gernantown Charity Horse Show. It’s one of the largest in the country, spans five days and attracts nearly 1,000 horses and their owners annually.

Memphis is a sport lover’s paradise with something to offer everyone in the family. Won’t you come join us?