About the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium

Since the stadium’s opening in 1965, the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee has been the host of Memphis Tigers football team from the University of Memphis. The stadium has been the host of concerts, festivals, events, and football games, including the annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl game, which averages crowds just under the stadium’s capacity. Originally the Memphis Memorial Stadium, it was renamed after the Liberty Bowl in 1976. The stadium was dedicated to the citizens of Memphis who served in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. The stadium has hosted several attempts at professional sports, including the Tennessee Oilers (now the Tennessee Titans,) and the Memphis Southmen. The Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium is the host of the annual Southern Heritage Classic, played by two historically black schools.

Stadium Stats – 5 decades

1965 — The date the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium opened.
7 — Number of acres of ground covered by the facility.
$4 million — What it cost to build.
$80 — Original construction cost per seat.
16 — Number of sell-outs before recouping the original cost.
$5 — What a ticket cost per seat
($6 for a box seat) when it opened
$19.5 million — Cost of 1987 renovations
50,160 — The original seating capacity
57,266 — Current seating capacity

Stadium Tenants – a time line

1965 – Present, University of Memphis Tigers Football
1965 – Present, AutoZone Liberty Bowl Football Classic
1974 – 1975, Memphis Southmen, aka Grizzlies (World Football League, WFL)
1978 – 1980, Memphis Rogues (North American Soccer League, NASL)
1984 – 1985, Memphis Showboats (United States Football League, USFL)
1990 – Present, Southern Heritage Classic Presented by FedEx annual football game
1995 – Memphis Mad Dogs (Canadian Football League, CFL)
1997 – Tennessee Oilers (Now Tennessee Titans, National Football League, NFL)
2001 – Memphis Maniax (X Football League, XFL)

Major Concerts – Were you there?

1975 – Rolling Stones
1988 – Monsters of Rock (Metallica, Kingdom Come, Dokken, Van Halen, Scorpions)
1993 – Paul McCartney
1994 – Rolling Stones
1997 – U2