Memphis, Tennessee supports a wide variety of professional and amateur sports. The city emphasizes public participation through over 700 adult and youth teams. The city comprises 130 basketball courts, 17 tennis courts, and almost 50 athletic fields. Some of the most popular spectator sports in Memphis are college football, pro and college basketball, minor league baseball, auto racing and minor pro hockey, all of which promote a thriving Memphis, Tennessee sports scene.
Memphis Pro and College Basketball
Recently ESPN named NBA team, the Memphis Grizzlies, best overall pro sports franchise. The same sports network also ranked the city’s NCAA Division I basketball team, the University of Memphis Tigers, as the 19th most successful college basketball program in the nation. Add this up and there is little wonder why Memphis sports fans are delighted with the results of their beloved basketball teams and continue to support each with a great deal of enthusiasm.
Memphis Motor Sports
Home to the Memphis International Raceway, the venue consists of three different race tracks. 1) a drag strip, 2) an autocross road coarse, and 3) a ¾ mile paved oval. Events include Summer Super Series bracket racing, a multitude of weekly drag racing events, autocross, as well as various late model series sanctioned racing events. Under its former name and ownership (Memphis Motorsports Park), the raceway hosted various national events including the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series. With a little luck and hard work, the goal is to bring such events back for the loyal motor sports fans of Memphis, Tennessee.
Memphis Minor League Baseball
While Memphis has been home to several professional baseball teams over the years, currently, minor league team, The Redbirds call Memphis home. The Redbirds are the Triple-A farm team of the St. Louis Cardinals. The Memphis Redbirds play home games in ultramodern AutoZone Park in downtown Memphis.
Memphis Minor League Hockey
The Memphis Mississippi RiverKings are a professional minor league hockey team and have been in Memphis for over twenty seasons. They are considered the oldest operating professional sports franchise in Memphis. Memphis hockey fans flock to the Lander’s Center to support their players.
Memphis College Football
College football provides a large source of pride in Memphis. With the absence of a professional football team in the area, the University of Memphis Tigers and NCAA Division III Rhodes College Lynx provide fans and residents with their football fix. The Tigers play their home games at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium which also hosts the annual NCAA Liberty Bowl game. Another great Memphis, Tennessee college football event is the “Southern Heritage Classic”, where Jackson State University and Tennessee State University come together to kick-off annually.
Memphis, Tennessee maintains a strong base of passionate soccer fans and players. And for good reason. The city boasts two elite level soccer teams with long and proud histories of excellence. The University of Memphis men’s and women’s soccer teams both compete in NCAA Division I collegiate soccer, and both have risen to the top of the podium in their respective conferences. Another outlet for soccer enthusiasts is the Greater Memphis Soccer Association (GMSA). Within its ranks are a diverse range of participants – from elite level collegiate and club players competing in Premiership Divisions, to equally fervent, albeit less proficient aficionados of the game playing in Divisions more recreational in nature.