|Address||191 Beale Street|
|Owner||City of Memphis|
|Operator||Memphis Basketball, LLC.|
Ice hockey: 16,411
|Broke ground||June 20, 2002|
|Opened||September 6, 2004|
|Construction cost||US$250 million
($324 million in 2017 dollars)
Looney Ricks Kiss
Jackson Person & Associates, Inc.
Self Tucker Architects Inc.
|Project manager||PC Sports|
|Structural engineer||ABS-EQE Structural Engineers|
|General contractor||M.A. Mortenson Company|
|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).
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 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. 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.
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 and the main basketball court was replaced for the Grizzlies for $200,000, 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. In 2017, the Grizzlies announced a 1.8 million dollar renovation to the arena, 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 .
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.
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.
|Date||Artist||Opening act(s)||Tour / Concert name||Attendance||Revenue||Notes|
|July 10, 2005||Destiny's Child||—||Destiny Fulfilled... and Lovin' It||—||—|
|November 4, 2005||Elton John||—||Peachtree Road Tour||13,314 / 13,314||$844,833|
|December 3, 2005||Rolling Stones||Los Lonely Boys||A Bigger Bang||14,688 / 14,688||$2,294,755|
|July 9, 2006||Tim McGraw
|—||Soul2Soul II Tour||—||—|
|November 14, 2006||Def Leppard
|Stoll Vaughan||Yeah! Tour||—||—|
|July 7, 2007||Beyoncé||—||The Beyoncé Experience||—||—|
|August 6, 2007||Justin Timberlake||Good Charlotte
|November 29, 2007||Miley Cyrus||Jonas Brothers||Best of Both Worlds Tour||—||—|
|May 15, 2008||Alicia Keys||—||As I Am Tour||—||—|
|November 16, 2008||Eagles||—||Long Road Out of Eden Tour||—||—|
|January 30, 2009||AC/DC||The Answer||Black Ice World Tour||13,673 / 13,673||$1,155,086|
|July 26, 2009||American Idols LIVE! Tour 2009||—||—|
|October 21, 2009||Miley Cyrus||Metro Station||Wonder World Tour||12,256 / 13,010||$864,662|
|March 19, 2010||John Mayer||Michael Franti and Spearhead||Battle Studies World Tour||—||—|
|July 31, 2010||Justin Bieber||—||My World Tour||13,750 / 14,750||$407,795|
|December 29, 2010||Usher||Trey Songz
|OMG Tour||11,350 / 11,350||$743,770|
|April 9, 2011||Kings of Leon||Band of Horses||Come Around Sundown World Tour||—||—|
|May 19, 2011||Bon Jovi||Billy Falcon||Bon Jovi Live||15,912 / 15,912||$1,353,835|
|June 3, 2011||Michael Bublé||Naturally 7||Crazy Love Tour||6,228 / 6,500||$428,398|
|July 29, 2011||Sade||John Legend||Sade Live||7,020 / 7,600||$622,278|
|September 14, 2011||Journey||Night Ranger
|October 26, 2011||Chris Brown||—||F.A.M.E. Tour||—||—|
|October 30, 2011||Taylor Swift||—||Speak Now World Tour||12,604 / 12,604||$820,036|
|April 12, 2012||Red Hot Chili Peppers||Santigold||I'm with You World Tour||13,021 / 13,021||$661,688|
|June 5, 2012||Drake||—||Club Paradise Tour||—||—|
|November 1, 2012||Justin Bieber||Carly Rae Jepsen||Believe Tour||13,511 / 13,511||$932,669|
|December 18, 2012||Carrie Underwood||Hunter Hayes||Blown Away Tour||8,367 / 8,367||$476,935|
|March 16, 2013||Elton John||—||40th Anniversary of the Rocket Man||—||—|||
|May 26, 2013||Paul McCartney||—||Out There||13,562 / 13,562||$2,012,584||This is his first concert in the city since 1993.|
|October 14, 2013||Eagles||—||History of the Eagles – Live in Concert||—||—|
|October 24, 2013||Jason Aldean||Jake Owen||2013 Night Train Tour||9,844 / 12,435||$414,276|
|November 18, 2013||Justin Timberlake||DJ Freestyle||The 20/20 Experience World Tour||14,005 / 14,005||$1,399,215|
|November 29, 2013||John Mayer||—||Born and Raised World Tour||—||—|
|March 7, 2014||Luke Bryan||Lee Brice
|That's My Kind of Night Tour||13,272 / 13,272||$665,058|
|June 6, 2014||Bruno Mars||Aloe Blacc||Moonshine Jungle Tour||13,837 / 13,837||$990,937|
|June 18, 2014||Lionel Richie||CeeLo Green||All the Hits, All Night Long||—||—|
|July 30, 2014||Michael Bublé||Naturally 7||To Be Loved Tour||6,236 / 6,236||$449,300|
|October 5, 2014||Katy Perry||Tegan and Sara
|Prismatic World Tour||13,136 / 13,136||$1,177,517|
|October 14, 2014||Pearl Jam||—||Lightning Bolt Tour||—||—|
|December 8, 2014||Usher||DJ Cassidy
|UR Experience Tour||—||—|
|July 13, 2015||Imagine Dragons||Metric
|Smoke + Mirrors Tour||—||—|
|September 29, 2015||Janet Jackson||—||Unbreakable World Tour||—||—|
|October 7, 2015||Foo Fighters||Gary Clark Jr.||Sonic Highways World Tour||—||—|
|March 18, 2016||Fall Out Boy||PVRIS
|Wintour is Coming||8,052 / 8,052||$437,508|
|March 25, 2016||Billy Joel||—||Billy Joel in Concert||—||—|
|September 12, 2016||Maroon 5||Tove Lo
|Maroon V Tour||10,367 / 16,805||$786,408|
|November 3, 2016||Pentatonix||Us The Duo
|Pentatonix World Tour 2016||4,329 / 6,200||$236,225|
|November 13, 2016||Carrie Underwood||Easton Corbin
The Swon Brothers
|Storyteller Tour: Stories in the Round||9,321 / 10,201||$643,656|
|January 12, 2017||Red Hot Chili Peppers||Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
|The Getaway World Tour||12,002 / 12,002||$1,015,832|
|February 2, 2017||Garth Brooks
|Karyn Rochelle||Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood||—||—|
|February 3, 2017||Karyn Rochelle
|February 4, 2017||—|
|March 4, 2017||Twenty One Pilots||Jon Bellion
Judah & the Lion
|Emotional Roadshow World Tour||—||—|
|March 8, 2017||Stevie Nicks||The Pretenders||24 Karat Gold Tour||6,390 / 8,334||$626,954|
|March 16, 2017||Bon Jovi||Cusses||This House Is Not for Sale Tour||14,986 / 15,229||$964,562|||
|April 8, 2017||Panic! At The Disco||MisterWives
|Death of a Bachelor Tour||—||—|
|May 4, 2017||Future||Migos
|Nobody Safe Tour||7,830 / 10,161||$405,570|
|September 17, 2017||Bruno Mars||Dua Lipa||24K Magic World Tour||14,815 / 14,815||$1,597,428|
|December 6, 2017||Janet Jackson||—||State of the World Tour||—||—|||
On August 4, 2010, FedExForum held the memorial service to Memphis native Lorenzen Wright, a Memphis Tigers alum and former Memphis Grizzlies player.
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