kids encyclopedia robot

Sports in Memphis, Tennessee facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
The FedEx Forum, home of the Memphis Grizzlies and the University of Memphis Tigers basketball teams

Sports in Memphis, Tennessee are supported in the city by Memphis Park Services, which offers a wide range of public facilities, including 17 swimming pools, 8 public golf courses, 48 athletic fields hosting a range of 510 youth and 269 adult teams, 130 basketball courts (101 outdoor and 29 indoor), 7 tennis centers and a soccer complex.

Memphis is also home to professional sports teams in basketball, baseball and other sports. Golf, basketball, baseball and tennis are popular recreational sports in Memphis.

Overview of Professional Teams

Club Sport League Venue
Memphis Grizzlies Basketball National Basketball Association FedExForum
Memphis Redbirds Baseball Pacific Coast League AutoZone Park
Mississippi RiverKings Ice hockey Southern Professional Hockey League Landers Center
Memphis Blues Rugby union USA Rugby South Tobey Field
R.M.K. Cham. and the Cellular S.C. Tennis ATP & WTA ATP 500 & WTA Int. Racquet Club of Memphis

Ice hockey

The Mississippi RiverKings are a professional hockey team of the Southern Professional Hockey League. The RiverKings play at the Landers Center in nearby Southaven, Mississippi.


Memphis is also home to Memphis Motorsports Park, just north of the city on the outskirts of Memphis and Millington, TN. The venue has a 3/4-mile (1207 m) paved oval track that annually hosts 2 NASCAR-sanctioned events, a Busch-series race (the Sam's Town 250) and a Craftsman Truck series race (the O'Reilly 200). It also has a 1/4-mile (402 m) drag strip that annually hosts the NHRA POWERade O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals, as well as locally sanctioned events that run from February to November. Another racetrack in the Memphis metro area is Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas. It is a 1/4 mile track that midget, sprint and stock-car races happen.

Roller Derby

Memphis has an active presence in the derby world courtesy of Memphis Roller Derby. The team is a sanctioned member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association and competes in the South Central Region. The Memphis league has four home teams that compete in intra-league bouts, plus one travel team that competes in other cities.


Memphis Park Services maintains seven public tennis centers. Memphis is home to the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and the Cellular South Cup. The Regions Morgan Keegan Championships is an ATP event, and the Cellular South Cup is a WTA event. The senior event, the Stanford Championships started in Memphis, but it has since relocated to Dallas, Texas.

Overview of Collegiate Teams

Club Venue
Memphis Tigers men's basketball FedExForum
Memphis Tigers women's basketball Elma Roane Fieldhouse
Memphis Tigers Football Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Memphis Tigers Baseball FedExPark
Memphis Tigers Soccer Mike Rose Soccer Complex
Memphis Tigers Softball Tigers Softball Complex
Memphis Tigers Golf Frank L. Flautt Golf Center
Memphis Tigers Tennis Racquet Club of Memphis
Rhodes Lynx Basketball Mallory-Hyde Gymnasium
Rhodes Lynx Football Crain Field
Christian Brothers Buccaneers Basketball Canale Arena
Christian Brothers Buccaneers Soccer Signaigo Field
Christian Brothers Buccaneers Baseball Nadicksbernd Field
Christian Brothers Buccaneers Softball Bland Field

Overview of defunct professional teams

Sports Franchise League Year Stadium
Memphis Rogues NASL 1978–1980 Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Memphis Americans MISL 1981–1984 Mid-South Coliseum
Memphis Showboats USFL 1984–1986 Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Memphis Storm AISL 1986–1990 Mid-South Coliseum
Memphis Storm USISL 1990–1994 Shelby Farms Show Place Arena
Memphis Express USL PDL 2002–2005 Mike Rose Soccer Complex/Collierville High School

Memphis has been represented by several now-defunct professional sports franchises, including the Memphis Pharaohs of Arena Football, the Memphis Maniax of the XFL, the Memphis Xplorers of the AF2, the Memphis Showboats of the USFL, the Memphis Southmen of the WFL, the Memphis Houn'Dawgs of the ABA, the Memphis Sounds of the original ABA in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and the Memphis Mad Dogs of the CFL.

MMA Former UFC Light Heavy Weight, and current #1 contender, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson was born and raised in Memphis.

Images for kids

kids search engine
Sports in Memphis, Tennessee Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.