Now celebrating its 11th season in the heart of the Mid-South, FedExForum has come to be known as one of the premier arenas in the NBA and in North America. It is home to the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies and the University of Memphis Tigers men’s basketball team, and in the decade since FedExForum opened, the arena has presented 12 NBA Playoff series, including the 2013 NBA Western Conference Finals, and hosted major basketball tournaments such as the 2009 and 2014 NCAA Regional Men’s Basketball Tournaments, the inaugural 2014 American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament, the 2010 NCAA South Regional Women’s Division I Basketball Tournament and six Conference USA Men’s Basketball Tournaments (2005-09, 2012).
Last season, FedExForum saw another strong year, hosting over 100 arena events and over 100 private meeting events that took advantage of some of the unique meeting and function spaces throughout the arena. The professional operation at FedExForum has resulted in it being named one of three finalists for the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) Venue Excellence Award in the category of arenas in July 2012. FedExForum’s 11th season looks like another great year with exciting new events coming to Memphis!
FedExForum has already played host to many concerts of chart-topping stars including: AC/DC, Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood, Elton John, Eric Church, Eric Clapton, Foo Fighters, George Strait, John Mayer, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Kenny Chesney, Kid Rock, Michael Bublé, Luke Bryan, Miley Cyrus, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and Usher among other A-List acts that have played FedExForum.
In addition, Memphis and FedExForum have become a premier location for major boxing events having already hosted seven World Championship Boxing events, four concert rehearsals and tour openings as well as many major family shows like the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Disney on Ice, Monster Jam and Motocross, World Wrestling Entertainment, Cirque du Soleil and Professional Bull Riders. FedExForum also helped lead the initiative to legalize mixed martial arts in the state of Tennessee, leading to UFC 107 being held at FedExForum in December 2009. FedExForum has become more than just an arena. It has achieved the goals set by Grizzlies ownership, management and community leaders and has become the new front porch for Memphis, a place where people can come together.
Since the $250 million arena opened on time and on budget in September 2004, millions of fans have enjoyed a basketball game, concert or event at FedExForum. Additionally, FedExForum has become synonymous with unprecedented “Fans First” service, a principle which helped lead the Grizzlies and FedExForum being ranked as the best overall professional sports franchise in North America in ESPN The Magazine’s 2013 Ultimate Standings, a composite ranking of all 122 franchises across the four major professional sports in North America (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL).
So what is it about FedExForum that has the city, the NBA and fans buzzing? Upon entering the arena through the Grand Lobby, fans can get a first-hand look at the Built Ford Tough Training Center, the official in-house practice facility of the Grizzlies, and the FedEx activation area, completely renovated and brought into the digital age, on the Plaza Level, one of five seating levels in the area. Wide concourses and Methodist Healthcare stair areas allow fans to navigate these levels to see the best Memphis has to offer.