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Memphis Memorial Stadium, Mid-South Coliseum & Blues Stadium (P77852)


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MEMPHIS MEMORIAL STADIUM: Memphis Tigers (NCAA) (1965-present) AutoZone Liberty Bowl (NCAA) (1965-present) Southern Heritage Classic (NCAA) (1990-present) Tennessee Oilers (NFL) (1997) Memphis Mad Dogs (CFL) (1995) Memphis Maniax (XFL) (2001) Memphis Showboats (USFL) (1984-1985) Memphis Southmen (WFL) (1974-1975) Memphis Rogues (NASL) (1978-1980)

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium is a football stadium located at the Mid-South Fairgrounds in Memphis, Tennessee, United States. 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.

MID-SOUTH COLISEUM: The Coliseum was built as a hockey arena and served as the home of the 'old' Central Hockey League team called the Memphis Wings (later the Memphis South Stars) from 1964 through 1969. To accommodate Hockey, the floor had piping installed which allowed the circulation of brine. The floor was often left frozen between games, allowing Memphis Residents to skate. By the time the Memphis RiverKings, of a re-formed Central Hockey League began playing in 1992, the piping had become too rotten for use, and an above-floor system was used.

It was also home to three American Basketball Association teams: the Memphis Pros (1971–1972), the Memphis Tams (1972–1974) and the Memphis Sounds (1974–1975). As an ABA arena the Coliseum, with the Pros and Sounds, hosted the Indiana Pacers during the 1971 Western Division Semifinals and the Kentucky Colonels during the 1975 Eastern Division Finals; the Pacers went on to win the 1971 ABA Championship and the Colonels went on to win the 1975 ABA Championship.

It was home to the University of Memphis Tigers basketball team (then known as Memphis State University) before the Pyramid opened in 1991 and the Memphis RiverKings before the DeSoto Civic Center opened in 2000. The Coliseum also hosted five Metro Conference men's basketball tournaments.

TIM McGARVER STADIUM: Tim McCarver Stadium was a stadium in Memphis, Tennessee. It was primarily used for baseball and was the home of the Memphis Blues (1968-1976), the Memphis Chicks (1978-1997), and the Memphis Redbirds (1998-1999).

The ballpark had a capacity of 8,800 people and opened in 1963 as an American Legion field dubbed Fairgrounds #3. It was first used for professional baseball in 1968 and the Memphis Blues had the name changed to Blues Stadium. In October 1977, the then-new Memphis Chicks franchise changed the name of the ballpark to Tim McCarver Field after then-Major League Baseball catcher and current commentator, Tim McCarver, a Memphis native.

It was unusual in that the infield in later years was AstroTurf so that Kansas City Royals players could practice on the artificial surface in preparation for playing at Kauffman Stadium which until 1995 was AstroTurf. The outfield remained grass much like Telus Field in Edmonton and Comiskey Park in Chicago had been from 1969 to 1976.

The facility replaced Russwood Park, the previous baseball park, after its destruction by fire in 1960 which effectively sent Memphis baseball into dormancy for several years. Tim McCarver Stadium was in turn replaced by AutoZone Park in 2000. The stadium was demolished in 2005.

Unused 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" standard size chrome postcard.

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