30 | 60th AutoZone Liberty Bowl
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LIBERTY BOWL MEMORIAL STADIUM
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.
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
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. 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, 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 is the home of University of Memphis Tigers
Football, the Southern Heritage Classic and the Memphis Express.
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 have performed at the stadium.