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Walking into FedExForum prior to Game 1 vs. Trail Blazers
Walking into FedExForum prior to Game 1 vs. Trail Blazers
Published: 2015/04/20
Channel: Kris Koivisto
Richard Jefferson Snapchats his way into the FedEx Forum
Richard Jefferson Snapchats his way into the FedEx Forum
Published: 2016/12/15
Channel: NBASnaps
Tony Allen tribute at the FedEx Forum 10/18/17
Tony Allen tribute at the FedEx Forum 10/18/17
Published: 2017/10/19
Channel: Morgan Jon Fox
FedEx Forum, Tulsa at Memphis
FedEx Forum, Tulsa at Memphis
Published: 2010/03/06
Channel: Rick Couri
FedEx Forum Time Lapse
FedEx Forum Time Lapse
Published: 2009/03/16
Channel: The Commercial Appeal
Grizzlies vs Warriors Game 4 PreGame Beale Street and FedEx Forum
Grizzlies vs Warriors Game 4 PreGame Beale Street and FedEx Forum
Published: 2015/05/12
Channel: Memphis Grizzness
FedEx Forum  4K drone shot
FedEx Forum 4K drone shot
Published: 2016/08/19
Channel: Marcus B Walter
Fedex Forum Memphis TN
Fedex Forum Memphis TN
Published: 2015/06/28
Channel: Jose Rosales
FEDEXFORUM
FEDEXFORUM
Published: 2013/03/12
Channel: jacob north
Tour of Memphis stuck shield, elvis, orpheum, fedex forum, autozone park
Tour of Memphis stuck shield, elvis, orpheum, fedex forum, autozone park
Published: 2013/06/06
Channel: TheMotoXP
Yo Gotti Birthday Bash 5 Concert Live @ FedEx Forum 2017 Memphis TN
Yo Gotti Birthday Bash 5 Concert Live @ FedEx Forum 2017 Memphis TN
Published: 2017/06/30
Channel: LoudQuality
Twenty One Pilots Memphis FedEx Forum Emotional Roadshow Tour
Twenty One Pilots Memphis FedEx Forum Emotional Roadshow Tour
Published: 2017/03/05
Channel: Sydney VS
FedExForum Slideshow
FedExForum Slideshow
Published: 2012/03/12
Channel: Memphis TigerNetwork
Drone footage: FedEx Forum in Memphis Tennessee
Drone footage: FedEx Forum in Memphis Tennessee
Published: 2017/09/13
Channel: MBWalter TV
Monster Jam 2015 Fedex Forum national anthem + intro
Monster Jam 2015 Fedex Forum national anthem + intro
Published: 2015/02/14
Channel: Anythingforhockey 19
PEARL JAM *ALONE* live in Memphis at FedEx Forum 10/14/2014 HD
PEARL JAM *ALONE* live in Memphis at FedEx Forum 10/14/2014 HD
Published: 2014/10/16
Channel: VideoGremmie
Marvel Live FedExForum 2016
Marvel Live FedExForum 2016
Published: 2016/01/09
Channel: Brandon Speck
Memphis, TN - FedExForum / 2016
Memphis, TN - FedExForum / 2016
Published: 2017/10/22
Channel: Amazing Stadiumflights
Memphis Madness: FedExForum Time Lapse
Memphis Madness: FedExForum Time Lapse
Published: 2010/10/16
Channel: Memphis TigerNetwork
Floor Seats At FedexForum!
Floor Seats At FedexForum!
Published: 2016/05/25
Channel: northmem901
Young Jai (J Jay) Performs Grizzlies Anthem in Front Of The FedEx Forum
Young Jai (J Jay) Performs Grizzlies Anthem in Front Of The FedEx Forum
Published: 2012/01/24
Channel: Jai Pro-BSE Management
Raw Off Air - Memphis FedExForum - 19th September 2016
Raw Off Air - Memphis FedExForum - 19th September 2016
Published: 2016/09/20
Channel: Angel Jesica
Monster Jam 2014 at Memphis, FedEx Forum
Monster Jam 2014 at Memphis, FedEx Forum
Published: 2014/02/17
Channel: Peter Nathan
[EBL] |Pre-Season| Chicago Bulls @ Memphis Grizzlies FedExForum [M08 Arena]
[EBL] |Pre-Season| Chicago Bulls @ Memphis Grizzlies FedExForum [M08 Arena]
Published: 2017/06/26
Channel: Flash
PEARL JAM *IMPROV & LIGHTNING BOLT* live in Memphis at FedEx Forum 10/14/2014 HD
PEARL JAM *IMPROV & LIGHTNING BOLT* live in Memphis at FedEx Forum 10/14/2014 HD
Published: 2014/10/16
Channel: VideoGremmie
Elvis Week 2017 - Fans fill FedEx Forum for the 40th Anniversary Elvis Concert
Elvis Week 2017 - Fans fill FedEx Forum for the 40th Anniversary Elvis Concert
Published: 2017/08/21
Channel: Dwayne Williams
Journey -Any Way You Want It 05/25/16 FedEx Forum Memphis, TN
Journey -Any Way You Want It 05/25/16 FedEx Forum Memphis, TN
Published: 2016/05/26
Channel: Jeff Perlin
Leaving FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN
Leaving FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN
Published: 2017/04/11
Channel: Clint H.
SCRAM FLASH MOB AT FEDEX FORUM
SCRAM FLASH MOB AT FEDEX FORUM
Published: 2014/05/21
Channel: Connie McCracklin
PEARL JAM *EVEN FLOW* live in Memphis at FedEx Forum 10/14/2014 HD
PEARL JAM *EVEN FLOW* live in Memphis at FedEx Forum 10/14/2014 HD
Published: 2014/10/18
Channel: VideoGremmie
PEARL JAM *WASH* live in Memphis at FedEx Forum 10/14/2014 HD
PEARL JAM *WASH* live in Memphis at FedEx Forum 10/14/2014 HD
Published: 2014/10/15
Channel: VideoGremmie
Huskies Prepare At Memphis
Huskies Prepare At Memphis's FedEx Forum
Published: 2014/03/13
Channel: UConn Huskies
Yo Gotti Brings Out "Og Boo Dirty" At His Show At FedEx Forum
Yo Gotti Brings Out "Og Boo Dirty" At His Show At FedEx Forum
Published: 2017/06/30
Channel: Famous Animal Tv
IMAGINE DRAGONS CONCERT - Smoke and Mirrors Tours - Memphis Fedex Forum ( Jul 13 , 2015)
IMAGINE DRAGONS CONCERT - Smoke and Mirrors Tours - Memphis Fedex Forum ( Jul 13 , 2015)
Published: 2015/07/15
Channel: Jennie Phan
Bon Jovi "Lay Your Hands On Me" (Live at FedEx Forum Memphis TN 03-16-2017)
Bon Jovi "Lay Your Hands On Me" (Live at FedEx Forum Memphis TN 03-16-2017)
Published: 2017/03/17
Channel: bigconcertfan.com
Foo Fighters Memphis FedExForum concert tickets - foo fighters in memphis
Foo Fighters Memphis FedExForum concert tickets - foo fighters in memphis
Published: 2015/09/17
Channel: Henry Franklin
Burning Love Elvis The Concert FedEX forum 2017 Memphis TN
Burning Love Elvis The Concert FedEX forum 2017 Memphis TN
Published: 2017/09/01
Channel: Kemal Öznoyan
Grizz Girls at FedEx Forum - May 9, 2015
Grizz Girls at FedEx Forum - May 9, 2015
Published: 2015/05/10
Channel: Frank Chin
Burning love - Elvis Presley @FedExForum 2017
Burning love - Elvis Presley @FedExForum 2017
Published: 2017/08/17
Channel: JahiChan
Marcella National Anthem NBA Playoffs @  FedEx Forum
Marcella National Anthem NBA Playoffs @ FedEx Forum
Published: 2017/06/19
Channel: Marcella Simien
I AM AT THE FEDEX FORUM! : )
I AM AT THE FEDEX FORUM! : )
Published: 2017/03/07
Channel: Nick Playz
PearlJam_EddieVedder_POV_"Given to Fly" Oct. 14, 2014 FedEx Forum Memphis, TN
PearlJam_EddieVedder_POV_"Given to Fly" Oct. 14, 2014 FedEx Forum Memphis, TN
Published: 2014/10/15
Channel: Joe Granato
PEARL JAM *COME BACK* live in Memphis at FedEx Forum 10/14/2014 HD
PEARL JAM *COME BACK* live in Memphis at FedEx Forum 10/14/2014 HD
Published: 2014/10/16
Channel: VideoGremmie
PEARL JAM *GARDEN* live in Memphis at FedEx Forum 10/14/2014 HD
PEARL JAM *GARDEN* live in Memphis at FedEx Forum 10/14/2014 HD
Published: 2014/10/15
Channel: VideoGremmie
Justin Bieber -
Justin Bieber - 'Love Me' -Fedex Forum Memphis.
Published: 2010/08/01
Channel: Libby B
Monster jam fedex forum memphis club seats.
Monster jam fedex forum memphis club seats.
Published: 2016/02/14
Channel: Lindsey Johnson
MrSan44Man @ The FedExForum Flying Over Downtown Memphis (Detroit Raw)
MrSan44Man @ The FedExForum Flying Over Downtown Memphis (Detroit Raw)
Published: 2013/12/27
Channel: MrSan44Man
[EBL] |Pre-Season| Cleveland Cavaliers @ Memphis Grizzlies FedExForum
[EBL] |Pre-Season| Cleveland Cavaliers @ Memphis Grizzlies FedExForum
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: Flash
Foo Fighters Under Pressure featuring Chet Lott  FedEX Forum 10-7-15
Foo Fighters Under Pressure featuring Chet Lott FedEX Forum 10-7-15
Published: 2015/10/10
Channel: MLivelyGirl
FedExForum 16 08 2017   Elvis Live in Concert 2017 Edit
FedExForum 16 08 2017 Elvis Live in Concert 2017 Edit
Published: 2017/10/31
Channel: Terence Thatcher
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FedExForum
The Grindhouse
FedExForum logo.svg
FedExForum.jpg
Address 191 Beale Street
Location Memphis, Tennessee
Coordinates 35°8′18″N 90°3′2″W / 35.13833°N 90.05056°W / 35.13833; -90.05056Coordinates: 35°8′18″N 90°3′2″W / 35.13833°N 90.05056°W / 35.13833; -90.05056
Owner City of Memphis
Operator Memphis Basketball, LLC.
Capacity Basketball: 18,119
Ice hockey: 16,411
Concert: 19,000
Construction
Broke ground June 20, 2002
Opened September 6, 2004
Construction cost US$250 million
($317 million in 2016 dollars[1])
Architect Ellerbe Becket[2]
Looney Ricks Kiss[3]
Jackson Person & Associates, Inc.[3]
Self Tucker Architects Inc.[3]
Project manager PC Sports[4]
Structural engineer ABS-EQE Structural Engineers[2]
General contractor M.A. Mortenson Company[2]
Tenants
Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) (2004–present)
Memphis Tigers (NCAA) (2004–present)
Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament (2005–2009, 2012)
American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament (2014)

FedExForum is an arena located in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. It is the home of the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA and the NCAA Division I men's basketball program of the University of Memphis, both of whom previously played home games at the Pyramid Arena. The venue also has the capability of hosting ice hockey games, concerts, and family shows.

The arena officially opened in September 2004 after much debate and also a derecho wind storm on July 22, 2003, that nearly brought down the cranes that were building it near the famed Beale Street. (See Memphis Summer Storm of 2003.) It was built at a cost of US$250 million and is owned by the City of Memphis; naming rights were purchased by one of Memphis' most well-known businesses, FedEx, for $92 million. FedExForum was financed using $250 million of public bonds, which were issued by the Memphis Public Building Authority (PBA).

Design[edit]

FedExForum during a Memphis Grizzlies basketball game

FedExForum was designed by architectural firm Ellerbe Becket. Concrete work done with the help of Dowco Construction and Apac. The arena is 805,850 ft² (75,000 m²) in size, covering 14 acres (57,000 m²). The Arena is round, with a dome. The playing floor is lower than ground level. It is capable of seating 18,119[5] for basketball and has 1,000 premiere courtside seats. There are 27 courtside suites, 32 club suites, 4 party suites, and 80 club boxes. It also contains a full-sized practice basketball court, visible from the huge lobby. The plans called for a mass transit bus depot, which brought a federal grant of $6 million, but the depot was changed to a premium parking garage, and Memphis had to return the money.

FedExForum's interior was designed to pay tribute to Memphis' musical heritage, with paintings and murals depicting some of the city's most famous artists including Justin Timberlake, Elvis Presley, and B.B. King. Most of the Arena's restaurants are named in conjunction with FedExForum's overall theme of music with Opus Restaurant and the Blue Note Lounge. The two other restaurants are sponsor-driven with the Lexus Lounge just off the Arena Floor and Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 in the Grand Lobby of the Arena.

FedExForum was the first arena to utilize new "see-through" shot clock units which allow spectators seated behind the basket to see the action without having the clocks interfere with their view. The idea came when a fan of the NBA's New Jersey Nets who sat 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 innovation at FedExForum in 2004.[6] The NBA approved the unit a year later for full use and has seen the new units installed at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center, Spectrum Center, TD Garden, Moda Center, Capital One Arena, Philips Arena, and Staples Center after the approval. As of the 2011–12 NBA season every NBA arena had implemented the transparent shot clocks, with Pepsi Center, The Palace of Auburn Hills, Oracle Arena, Target Center, and Sleep Train Arena being the last NBA arenas to install the clocks.

Renovations[edit]

In order to keep the Grizzlies in Memphis, the City of Memphis has completed normal renovations to FedexForum to keep it up to NBA standards. In 2012, the arena's sound system was replaced[7] and the main basketball court was replaced for the Grizzlies for $200,000[8], with the Tigers' court being replaced the following year. Three years later, FedexForum completed a renovation for the backstage areas, including a new state-of-the-art video room, a renovation of the coaches' offices, and office space for FedexForum employees.[9] In 2017, the Grizzlies announced a 1.8 million dollar renovation to the arena,[10] which includes a brand new HD scoreboard four times the size of the former, new HD displays, new LED Lighting, and other additional fan amenities, which was completed in time for the beginning of the 2017-2018 NBA Season .[11]

Hosted events[edit]

On September 25, 2004, FedExForum hosted the Glen Johnson vs Roy Jones Jr. for the IBF Light heavyweight title. Johnson won the fight with a 9th-round knockout.

On September 21, 2006, the Nashville Predators and the Columbus Blue Jackets played the first NHL game ever at FedEx Forum.

FedExForum has hosted three major professional wrestling events. In 2007, World Wrestling Entertainment's Unforgiven took place on September 16, (headlined by The Undertaker and Mark Henry), and the PMG Clash of Legends independent show on April 27, featuring Hulk Hogan versus Paul Wight. In 2015, it hosted WWE Fastlane on February 22. The first of five WWE house shows took place on September 19, 2004, shortly after the venue opened. It has hosted seven episodes of WWE Raw and four of WWE SmackDown. One notable instance of WWE at the arena was when Daniel Bryan "occupied" Raw with hundreds of his fans inside the ring and surrounding the ringside area on March 10, 2014.[12]

On February 23, 2008, FedExForum hosted the college basketball game featuring the No. 1 ranked Memphis Tigers vs. the No. 2 ranked Tennessee Volunteers. Tennessee won the game 66–62. The facility also hosted the Conference USA men's basketball tournament from 2005 to 2009. It was the site of the South regional semifinals and finals in the 2009, 2014, and 2017 editions of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. FedExForum was one of the four regional finals in the 2010 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament.

On December 12, 2009, FedExForum hosted an Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight title fight, UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez.

In August 2010, the Professional Bull Riders' Built Ford Tough Series tour made their first appearance at FedExForum.[13]

On August 4, 2010, FedExForum held the memorial service to Memphis native Lorenzen Wright, a Memphis Tigers alum and former Memphis Grizzlies player.

On November 1, 2013, rapper Future performed for the Memphis Grizzlies 2013–2014 season home opener.

On March 12–15, 2014, the American Athletic Conference hosted their first annual tournament at the FedExForum. It will host the tournament again in 2019.

[14]See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "FedExForum". Ellerbe Becket. Archived from the original on April 5, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "FedExForum". Athletic Business. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  4. ^ "FedExForum". PC Sports. Archived from the original on February 25, 2014. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Memphis Grizzlies". Forbes. 2006. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Fans Like NBA's See-Through Shot Clocks". NBC Sports. November 19, 2005. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Latest Project:FedEx Forum, Home of the Memphis Grizzlies, Upgrades Its Audio System With HARMAN BSS Audio Soundweb London Processing". Audio Communications Consultants Inc. Retrieved 2017-08-17. 
  8. ^ "Grizzlies install new main court in FedexForum". 
  9. ^ "Grizzlies set to begin construction at FedExForum to enhance Basketball Facilities | Memphis Grizzlies". Memphis Grizzlies. Retrieved 2017-08-17. 
  10. ^ "Memphis Daily News". 
  11. ^ "New scoreboard, high-def upgrades coming to FedExForum | Memphis Grizzlies". Memphis Grizzlies. Retrieved 2017-08-18. 
  12. ^ Wrestling events at the FedExForum, from WrestlingData.com
  13. ^ "Memphis Invitational Presented by Cooper Tires". Professional Bull Riders. Archived from the original on December 5, 2010. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  14. ^ "FedExForum will host 2019 AAC men's basketball tournament". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 2017-08-02. 

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