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MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES stadium

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Grizzlies stadium Memphis,also knows as the FedExForum-home ground in every sports can be an added advantage to any team. Home ground – any area, locality that breeds familiarity. Each team has a location where it practices during the season and where it hosts games. This is referred to as “Home Court, Home Stadium, Home Arena or Home Ice”. A sport team’s home ground is their own playing field, as opposed to that of other teams.

In most sports, there is a home field advantage whereby the home team wins more frequently because of its greater familiarity with the nuances of the venue and because it has more fans cheering for it, which supposedly gives the team a rush of
adrenaline needed to make the game go their way. One can usually tell which team is home by simply looking at the field of play. Often, a home team logo, insignia or name maybe found around.
Over the years Memphis Grizzlies have had different home stadiums including:
General Motors Place (Vancouver) where they played their home games for the six seasons they were in Vancouver 1995-2001
Pyramid Arena where they had their home games for the first three season after relocating to Memphis i.e. 2001-2004
Currently, The Grizzlies play their home games at the FedExForum.

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES HOME STADIUM
The FedExForum is a multipurpose arena located in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. It is home to the Grizzlies and the NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball program of the University of Memphis, Memphis Tigers, both of whom previously played their home games at the Pyramid Arena. The venue is also used for hosting ice hockey games, concerts and family shows.
The FedExForum is located on 191 Beale Street, Memphis. The arena broke ground on June 20, 2002 and was officially opened on September 6, 2004 after much debate and also a wind storm that happened on July 22, 2003 that nearly brought down the cranes used on the site. Back when it was constructed, it cost US$250 million (currently should be around $338 million) and is owned by the City of Memphis. Naming rights were purchased by one of Memphis’ most well-known businesses, FedEx for $92million.

The arena was designed by architectural firm Ellerbe Becket, with Dowco Construction and Apac helping with the concrete work. The arena is about 805,850 ft2 (75,000 m2) in size, covering 14 acres. The arena is round, with a dome and is capable of seating 18,119 for basketball, plus 1000 premiere courtside seats. It also has 27 courtside suites, 32 club suites, 4 party suites and 80 club boxes. The arena also has a full-sized practice basketball court that’s visible from the huge lobby and its playing floor is lower than the ground level.

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The interior design of FedExForum was carried out in tribute to Memphis’ musical heritage, with painting and murals that depicted some of the city’s famous artists including Elvis Presley, Justin Timberlake and B.B. King. The arena was the first arena in NBA to utilize new “see through” shot clock units which allow spectators seated behind the basket see the action without interference from the clock.
The arena, apart from being Memphis Grizzlies’ home stadium, has hosted a number of notable sport events:
February 23, 2008 – played host to the college game featuring Memphis Tigers vs Tennessee Volu neers
2005-2009, hosted the Conference USA men’s basketball tournament
2009, 2004, 2017 – hosted the South regional semifinals and finals edition of the NCAA Division Men’s Basketball
2010 – hosted one of the four regional finals of the NCAA Division Women’s Basketball Tournament.
2004 – hosted the contest for the IBF Light heavyweight title between Glen Johnson and Roy Jones Jr.
2007, hosted WWE’s Unforgiven (headlined by the Undertaker and Mark Henry) and PMG Clash of Legends featuring Hulk Hogan and Paul Wright.
2009, hosted UFC Lightweight title fight, UFC 107 between Penn and Sanchez
Apart from hosting sport events, it hosted the convention of the largest Pentecostal denomination in the United States, The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) from 2004-2007.

In order to keep the Grizzlies in Memphis, the city of Memphis has completed normal renovations to FedExForum to keep it up to NBA’s standard. The arena is currently ranked 21st in the NBA according to fans.

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