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The Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 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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TripAdvisor
  • Attended Liberty Bowl, 2016, UGA v TCU. Seats down low are great, built in seat backs, very close to the field and to play. Parking was convenient, price was average at $20. Bathrooms were fine. Food ...  more »
  • After reading several reviews on this location I was very apprehensive about going to the UGA vs TCU game. First we parked in the #6 red lot which ended up being about 200 yards from Gate 1, which was...  more »
  • Really cool stadium. Easy access. Parking off-site for $10 with a short walk. No traffic problems getting out. Opposing fans were not rude. Great game! Would have been better if the Cougars would have...  more »
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  • The recent renovations are definitely an improvement. Hopefully the Tigers are able to build on last season and continue great football. Sadly, many concessions on the upper level are closed.
  • LOVE Tiger Lane.. A Memphis favorite during football season
  • Great game today vs Kansas State 43 to 7 Tigers. Love going to support our Memphis Tigers. Go Tigers.
  • Tigers off to a great start!
  • Are lights and place for homecoming games!