Memphis asks state for $684 million for FedExForum, Liberty Stadium

Memphis has big plans to reshape four publicly-owned stadiums and change the Memphis sports landscape for generations. The city just needs a lot of money to do it.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and his administration are seeking millions from the state of Tennessee, including $350 million in cash, for significant renovations to FedExForum, planned renovations to Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium, enhancements to AutoZone Park and replacing the long-shuttered Mid-South Coliseum with a soccer-specific stadium to house 901 FC. The total project cost is $684 million.

Strickland planned to unveil the city’s ‘Big Ask’ during Tuesday’s Memphis City Council meeting as he revealed the city’s legislative agenda. Legislative leaders and Gov. Bill Lee has already been briefed on the plans.

Strickland outlined the city’s stadium wish list in an interview with The Commercial Appeal Monday afternoon.

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