advertisement

Baseball -- The Memphis Redbirds Baseball Club, 175 Toyota Plaza, Ste. 300 (tel. 901/721-6050; www.memphisredbirds.com), a Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, plays at AutoZone Park, located 2 blocks east of The Peabody hotel on Union Avenue.

Basketball -- The Memphis Grizzlies (tel. 901/205-1234; www.nba.com/grizzlies) are the city's first NBA team, having relocated from Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2001. Since 2004, they have played at their new downtown arena, the FedExForum.

The University of Memphis Tigers (tel. 888/867-UOFM [8636] or 901/678-2331; www.gotigersgo.com) regularly pack in crowds of 20,000 or more people when they play the FedExForum. The Tigers often put up a good showing against nationally ranked NCAA teams, which makes for some exciting basketball. Call for ticket and schedule information.

Football -- The AutoZone Liberty Bowl Classic (tel. 901/729-4344; www.libertybowl.org) is the biggest football event of the year in Memphis and pits two of the country's top college teams in a December postseason game. As with other postseason college bowl games, the Liberty Bowl is extremely popular and tickets go fast. This game is held at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (www.libertybowl.org), on the Mid-South Fairgrounds at the corner of East Parkway South and Central Avenue.

Golf Tournaments -- The St. Jude Classic (tel. 901/748-0534; www.stanfordstjude.com), a PGA charity tournament, is held each year in late spring at the Tournament Players Club at Southwind.

Greyhound Racing -- Across the river in Arkansas, greyhounds race at the Southland Greyhound Park, 1550 N. Ingram Blvd., West Memphis, Arkansas (tel. 800/467-6182 or 870/735-3670). Matinee post time is at 1pm; evening races start at 7:30pm.

Horse Shows -- Horse shows are popular in Memphis, and the biggest of the year is the Germantown Charity Horse Show (tel. 901/754-0009; www.gchs.org), held each June at the Germantown Horse Show Arena, which is just off Poplar Pike at Melanie Smith Lane in Germantown.

Tennis -- The Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and Cellular South Cup (tel. 901/765-4401 or 901/685-ACES; www.memphistennis.com), part of the ATP Tour, are held each year in February at the Racquet Club of Memphis. Call for ticket and schedule information.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.