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Liberty Bowl, Memphis

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Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, originally Memphis Memorial Stadium, is a football stadium located at the Mid-South Fairgrounds in Midtown Memphis, Tennessee. The stadium is the site of the annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl, and is the home field of the University of Memphis Tigers football team. It has also been the host of several attempts at professional sports in the city, as well as other local football games and other gatherings.HistoryThe stadium was originally built as Memphis Memorial Stadium in 1965 for $3 million, as a part of the Mid-South Fairgrounds, home to one of the South’s most popular fairs. The fairgrounds also include the Mid-South Coliseum (formerly the city’s major indoor venue) as well as the now closed Libertyland amusement park. It was dedicated to the citizens of Memphis who had served in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War.It was built partially as a way to bring the Liberty Bowl to a permanent home in Memphis (the game had started in Philadelphia, but because of poor attendance for a northern bowl, it left the city, playing one year in Atlantic City before settling in Memphis). The game was such a success for Memphis that the stadium was renamed Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in 1976. As originally built, the stadium was lopsided, with the southwest side being taller than the northeast. A 1987 expansion brought it to its current, balanced size, although with a much greater hospitality building topping the northeast section. Its design is similar to that of old Tampa Stadium ("The Big Sombrero"), with the endzone grandstands being much shorter than the sidelines. The field, which had been natural grass since its inception, was replaced with a FieldTurf surface before the 2005 season.
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  • We go to a highly touted game knowing close to capacity, 90 degrees and high humidity. They are as usual well understaffed and run out of water by the end of the first quarter. It would be one thing i...  more »
  • Too many people like to complain about this stadium. "It's old." "It needs upgrades." The funny part about it is I've never been to a football game where much of that has affected the game I watched. ...  more »
  • Archaic style football stadium located in a suspect area of town. Looks like a glorified high school venue with uncomfortable seating. Same old concession types with overpriced items.  more »
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  • Decent stadium. A little old but well-maintained. It's not downtown but it's an easy Uber ride away.
  • Stadium is fine but area is poor and run down. Lock your car. Not a pretty place outside the stadium but hey the game can be fine as the TV in the stadium is good.
  • Home of the Tigers. Excellent upgrades. One of a kind concessions. Pronto Pup, Colettas Pizza, etc. Not a bad seat in the house.
  • Had a great time at listening to Jeremy Camp and Franklin Graham.
  • Love what they've done with the place, very tranquil.

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