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Memphis Sports Guide

Known as the “Grit and Grind” capital and home to the Memphis Grizzlies, Memphis has a fast-paced, energetic scene for every sports fanatic. Get ready for a season of NBA, NCAA, G-League basketball, AAA baseball, PGA golf tournaments, high school athletes and USL soccer. This Official Sports Guide gives you everything you need to know to add a Memphis game to your trip itinerary. 

Cheer On The Grizzlies!

Our beloved Memphis Grizzlies NBA team brings basketball players from around the world to downtown Memphis for exciting games from October to April every year. See the biggest names in the NBA compete at FedExForum, along with plenty of music and entertainment like the Beale Street Flippers and Grizz Girls. Arena concessions provide local flavor, including the world-famous Rendezvous barbecue.

After the game, you’ll be just steps away from a neon-infused 5th quarter on Beale Street with more music, food, and fun.

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/Lyft.
Memphis Grizzlies play at FedExForum
AutoZone Park
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium | Andrea Zucker
2019 WGC - FedEx St. Jude Classic / Alex Shansky

Go Tigers, Go!

The University of Memphis supports 18 NCAA college sports teams, including football and basketball.

The Memphis Tigers men’s basketball team plays home games at FedExForum (the same place as their NBA peers) from October through March each year. Be sure to go out on the town before or after the game, perhaps in the nearby South Main Arts District.

The Memphis Tigers football team plays at the historic Liberty Bowl Stadium in midtown every fall. Wear your blue and gray and cheer for the Tigers’ every touchdown; experience the Mighty Sound of the South marching band and spirit squads, plus the Southern tradition of tailgating before kickoff at Tiger Lane.

You’ll be 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.

Liberty Bowl Parking:
The Liberty Bowl has several large parking lots, but most are reserved for season ticket holders. Arrive to the area early to find neighborhood street parking, or just make it easy on yourself by taking an Uber/Lyft to the stadium.

St. Jude Marathon

Thousands of St. Jude Heroes™ fill the streets for this annual Memphis marathon, held on the first Saturday in December. The 2020 marathon will be held on December 5, 2020.

The race course leads runners on closed streets in midtown and downtown, and through St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s main campus. Whether you’re running the 5K, half-marathon, or marathon, or cheering with one of the many cheering sections along the route, the St. Jude Marathon is a signature Memphis event with a life-saving mission that everyone can get behind.

Root For The Home Team

Take the family out to a ballgame at the  Memphis Redbirds’ award-winning Autozone Park.  The AAA baseball team is the affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals Major League Baseball team, so it’s your chance to see the world’s best before they head to the pros. Cheer on the Redbirds at games from April through September every year. Mark your calendars for opening day on April 9, 2020. 

The team offers low-cost, family-friendly fun at one of the finest baseball parks in the minor leagues. Peanuts, cracker jacks and Memphis-style barbecue nachos await, plus plenty of specials, giveaways, and promotions for most home games. Most Saturday evening games include an impressive post-game fireworks show.

WELCOME THE MEMPHIS 901 FC SOCCER TEAM

Memphis 901 FC, a professional United Soccer League team, is coming off its inaugural campaign in 2019. Get your tickets for the club's second season as the city embraces soccer from March through October of 2020, with at least 18 home matches. Games will be played at AutoZone Park in downtown Memphis, which will be transformed from a baseball field to a soccer pitch for USL matches.

Pro tip: Join the hooligans from the Memphis 901 FC’s supporters group - The Bluff City Mafia - for a pint before or after the game at their home pub, The Brass Door. During the matches, you’ll recognize their section in the stadium as the loudest, rowdiest group of fans. 

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World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational

Formerly the FedEx St. Jude Classic, this PGA tournament will be held at TPC Southwind Aug. 2-8, 2021. The absolute best golfers from around the world will compete at the stunning Memphis-area course, attracting thousands of enthusiastic golf fans and the showcasing the highest level of tournament play.  

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Memphis Hustle

See future NBA players at a Memphis Hustle game, the Grizzlies’ G-League affiliate since 2017. Cheer on at the Landers Center from November to April every year.

Outdoors, Inc. Canoe & Kayak Race

Things get wild during June's annual 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 IRONMAN 70.3 Memphis

The inaugural St. Jude IRONMAN 70.3 Memphis will take place October 2, 2021 at Shelby Farms Park.  This 70.3-mile triathlon will include a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run. 

Southern Heritage Classic

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

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St. Jude Dragon Boat Race

In May, the 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.  

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl Football Classic matchup has been a Memphis staple for over 50 years. Usually pairing a Big 12 Conference member against a Southeastern Conference pick, the football matchups draw thousands of enthusiastic fans to one of the most tradition-rich bowl games in the nation. The game is always played in late December or early January, usually over New Year’s holiday weekend.

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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.

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