Memphis Grizzlies Basketball Tickets?
Opened: September 2004
Mascot: Grizz (bear)
Draft Beer: $
Hot Dog: $
191 Beale Street
Memphis, TN 38103
Arena Parking: $
NBA Basketball Arena Review
Home of the delta blues and fabulous barbecue, Memphis is also home to one of the NBA’s fast rising franchises in the Memphis Grizzlies. This 18,440 seat, $250-million facility opened in September of 2004. FedEx purchased the naming rights for $92 million and chose Forum as a homage to the Great Western Forum of Los Angeles.
Memphis is a driving city, and out of town fans cannot depend on public transportation to drop them off right at the front door. The closest drop off point is at Beale Street about 4 blocks away. Most fans choose to drive and take advantage of the relatively cheap $10 pay to park sites. There are free parking areas around the FedEx Forum, but if you are unfamiliar with the area, it is best to pay-to-park. There are some rough areas around the stadium.
You are greeted by a large glass atrium upon entering the Forum. To
the right is a glass practice area where fans can stop by during the
day to see the Memphis Grizzlies practice. The team store can be
found directly to the left. The concourses are large and allow the
crowd to flow and move freely pre and post game.
Memphis is famous for its music, and designers of the Forum kept that in mind when they designed the interior of the FedEx forum. Everywhere you look, you will be reminded of Memphis’s musical history. Murals to Elvis, Johnny Cash, B.B. King and Duke Ellington line the concourses. The same musical theme is carried over to the concession stands and team displays. It would have been easy for this theme to cross the line from tasteful to tacky, but the Forum designers managed to strike just the right note.
Memphis is famous for its food, and that is reflected in the concessions offered inside the FedEx Forum. Pat Neely operates several concessions areas throughout the forum where fans can sample the famous Memphis barbecue. The Lexus Lounge also offers a fine dining alternative to the typical hotdogs and nachos. The portions are large, and the prices are reasonable.
As a modern arena, the FedEx forum has good lines of sight to the action on the court. The court itself is below ground level, and fans with lower tier seats will need to walk down a set of stairs to find their seats. The upper deck area is a bit higher than is typical. A large 4 panel video scoreboard hangs over the center of the court. There are also two 360-degree ribbon boards circling the arena. Memphis Grizzly fans are a raucous bunch. As the team has improved, so has overall attendance and fan support.
If the food is good in the Forum, the food outside the Arena is even better. There are over 100 restaurants within a short walk of the FedEx Forum. Neely’s barbecue is very good in the Forum, but
Jim Neely’s Interstate Barbecue is unbelievable. The beef ribs and the pulled pork sandwiches are the best in a city famous for its barbecue. Just off Beale Street is
Dyer’s Burgers. The burgers are great, but people come for the French fries cooked in 100-year old grease.
After the game, the crowd normally flows onto nearby Beale Street to keep the party going until late into the night. Beale Street is a Mecca for live music.
Silky O’Sullivan’s boasts that it is always
open St. Patrick’s Day and offers mixed drinks by the bucket. There is a
Coyote Ugly Saloon where you can watch bartenders perform choreographed dance routines atop the bar. The
Double Deuce is reminiscent of its namesake in the movie Roadhouse. Country and Western music, cheap beer, and a mechanical bull all add to the roadhouse atmosphere.
There are many things to do within Memphis. Most of those things revolve around music and food, but there are a few sights visitors should check out. The
Gibson Guitar Factory makes some of the world’s finest guitars and is located right in Memphis. They have organized tours running hourly. The
National Civil Rights Museum is also located at the Lorraine Hotel. This is the same location where Martin Luther King was assassinated. The
Memphis Rock and Soul Museum is a great place to get a taste of what made Memphis famous.
The Memphis Grizzlies are a young team, and the FedEx Forum does not have the history of other more prominent arenas. However, that does not mean it isn’t a great place to take an NBA road trip. The
sights and sounds of the city itself makes it worth it the price of gas.
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