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FedExForum

FedEx Forum
Location 191 Beale Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
Opened September 2004
Owner City of Memphis
Operator Hoops LP
Construction cost $250 million
Architect Ellerbe Becket
Tenants
Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) (2004-present)
Memphis Tigers (NCAA) (2004-present)
Capacity
18,165 (basketball)
12,633 (hockey)

FedExForum is one of the NBA's most distinctive arenas. It officially opened in September of 2004, after much debate and also an Alberta clipper wind storm in July 22, 2003 that nearly brought the cranes building the arena down on famed Beale Street. It is in the southern part of downtown Memphis, Tennessee at 191 Beale Street and Third Street. It is the home of the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association and the men's basketball program of the University of Memphis (the Tigers). They both previously played home games at the Pyramid Arena. The arena was built at a cost of $250 million and is owned by the City of Memphis; naming rights were purchased by Memphis' most well-known business, FedEx. FedExForum was financed using $250 million dollars of public bonds, which where issued by the Memphis Public building Authority (PBA) The venue also has the capability of hosting ice hockey games, concerts, and family shows. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... ImageMetadata File history File links FedExForum. ... For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Largest metro area Nashville Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 36th  - Total 42,169 sq mi (109,247 km²)  - Width 120 miles (195 km)  - Length 440 miles (710 km)  - % water 2. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ... Ellerbe Becket is an international architecture, engineering, and construction firm, founded in 1909, with its corporate office located in Minneapolis, MN, and other offices located in Washington, DC, Kansas City, MO, San Francisco, CA, and Dubai, UAE. Areas of Expertise include architecture, construction, engineering, interior design, and environmental graphics. ... This is an article about the National Basketball Association team; for the defunct World Football League team, see Memphis Southmen. ... NBA redirects here. ... The University of Memphis was founded in Memphis, Tennessee in 1912 as the West Tennessee Normal School. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often said NC-Double-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ... Beale Street is a street in Memphis, Tennessee and a significant location in African-American history and the history of the blues. ... This is an article about the National Basketball Association team; for the defunct World Football League team, see Memphis Southmen. ... NBA redirects here. ... This article is about the sport. ... The University of Memphis is a public American research university located in Memphis, Tennessee, United States, and is the flagship public research university of the Tennessee Board of Regents system. ... The Pyramid Arena is a 21,000 seat arena located in downtown Memphis at the banks of the Mississippi River. ... For other uses, see Arena (disambiguation). ... Federal Express redirects here. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... For the album by The Cure, see Concert (album). ...


FedExForum was designed by architectural firm Ellerbe Becket. The arena is 805,850 ft² (75,000 m²) in size covering 14 acres (57,000 m²). It is capable of seating 19,000 people and has 1,000 premiere court-side seats. There are 27 courtside suites, 32 club suites, 4 party suites, and 80 club boxes. Ellerbe Becket is an international architecture, engineering, and construction firm, founded in 1909, with its corporate office located in Minneapolis, MN, and other offices located in Washington, DC, Kansas City, MO, San Francisco, CA, and Dubai, UAE. Areas of Expertise include architecture, construction, engineering, interior design, and environmental graphics. ... For other uses, see Arena (disambiguation). ... A square foot is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 foot (unit of length) long. ... An acre is the name of a unit of area in a number of different systems, including Imperial units and United States customary units. ...


FedExForum's interior was designed with a Memphis vibe, with paintings and murals depicting some of the city's most famous artists.


FedExForum was the first arena to utilize new "see-through" shot clocks which allow spectators seated behind the basket to see the action from the game without having the shot clock units interfere with their view. The idea came when an NBA fan in New Jersey who sits 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 experiment at FedExForum in 2004. For other persons named David Stern, see David Stern (disambiguation). ... Daktronics NASDAQ: DAKT is an American manufacturer of electronic signage, most notably sports scoreboards, based in Brookings, South Dakota. ...


The NBA approved the unit a year later for full use, and has seen the new units installed at the Wachovia Center, Charlotte Bobcats Arena, and TD Banknorth Garden after the approval. The Wachovia Center, formerly known as the CoreStates Center and the First Union Center, is an indoor arena located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. ... Charlotte Bobcats Arena (also known locally as The Uptown Arena or, for short, Bobcats) is an entertainment and sports venue located in the Uptown (downtown) area of Charlotte, North Carolina. ... TD Banknorth Garden is a sports arena in the West End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. ...


The facility has hosted the Conference USA men's basketball tournament since 2005. It will be the site of the one of the four Regional finals in the 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, and one of the four Regional finals in the 2010 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament. FedExForum hosted the PMG Clash of Legends on Friday the 27th April, 2007 featuring Hulk Hogan vs Paul Wight promoted by Corey Maclin for Memphis Wrestling and WWE Unforgiven in 2007. Conference USA, officially abbreviated C-USA, is a college athletic conference whose member institutions are located within the Southern United States. ... The 2009 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament will involve 65 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... The 2010 NCAA Womens Division I Basketball Tournament will start March 21, 2010 and be completed on April 6 of the same year. ... The PMG Clash of Legends is a forthcoming American professional wrestling show promoted by Memphis Wrestling owner Corey Macklin in conjunction with Hulk Hogan, scheduled to take place on April 27, 2007 in the FedExForum. ... Terrence Gene Bollea (born on August 11, 1953) is an American actor and semi-retired professional wrestler better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan. ... Paul Randall Wight, Jr. ... Memphis Wrestling is an American professional wrestling promotion based in Memphis, Tennessee. ... Unforgiven is an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment, which has been held in September since the 1999 edition. ...


External links

  • Official FedExForum website
  • Aerial view of FedExForum at Terraserver.com
Preceded by
Pyramid Arena
19912004
Home of the
Memphis Tigers
2004–present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
Pyramid Arena
20012004
Home of the
Memphis Grizzlies
2004–present
Succeeded by
current

Coordinates: 35°8′17.53″N, 90°3′1.65″W The Pyramid Arena is a 21,000 seat arena located in downtown Memphis at the banks of the Mississippi River. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The University of Memphis was founded in Memphis, Tennessee in 1912 as the West Tennessee Normal School. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Pyramid Arena is a 21,000 seat arena located in downtown Memphis at the banks of the Mississippi River. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This is an article about the National Basketball Association team; for the defunct World Football League team, see Memphis Southmen. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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