SPECIAL THANKS BOWL HISTORY HONORS TCU GEORGIA WELCOME TO LIBERTY BOWL MEMORIAL STADIUM 30 | 58th AutoZone Liberty Bowl BOWL EVENTS WELCOME Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, originally called Memphis Memorial Stadium, was built to serve as a functional memorial to the veterans of World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. It was constructed in 1965 for $3.7 million. The stadium was one of the main reasons Bud Dudley, founder of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, decided to bring the bowl to its permanent home in Memphis in 1965. The AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s success and economic impact on the Memphis area led to the stadium being renamed Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in 1976. The unique, true bowl design of the stadium provides all spectators with a great view of the action on the field. When it was originally built, the stadium looked lopsided with the west side being taller than the east. The expansion of the stadium in 1987 added skybox suites and brought the stadium to its current capacity of over 60,000. Upgraded handicap-accessible seating areas and state-of-the-art locker rooms were constructed before the 2009 season. Prior to the 2010 season, the area surrounding the stadium received an upgrade with the completion of Tiger Lane, a beautiful tailgating area extending from the stadium to East Parkway. In 2012, the stadium received several impressive upgrades: a new HD video board (one of the largest in the country), a state-of-the-art sound system, new stadium lights, new AstroTurf playing surface, revamped concession areas and a fresh coat of paint to return the stadium to its original color. Renovations were also made that increased the number of handicap-accessible seat locations and significantly upgraded the skybox suites and all levels of the press box. In 2016, over 5,000 premium chair back seats were installed in the lower sideline area between the goal lines on each side of the field. In addition to being the permanent home of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, the stadium remains the current home of University of Memphis Tigers Football and the Southern Heritage Classic. The stadium has also been home to the following professional teams: Memphis Grizzlies (WFL), Memphis Rogues (NASL), Memphis Showboats (USFL), Memphis Mad Dogs (CFL), Tennessee Titans (NFL), and Memphis Maniax (XFL). Aside from sporting events, legendary music acts such as the Rolling Stones, Metallica, Van Halen, Paul McCartney, and U2 performed at the stadium.
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