Here is a look at some fun facts and little known info about Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee.
-The original name of the stadium was Memphis Memorial Stadium when it opened in 1965. It would be renamed Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in 1976.
-The field featured real grass from 1965 through 2004 before it was replaced with FieldTurf in 2005.
-The original construction cost of the stadium was three million dollars.
-The stadium has hosted a number of professional football teams over the years including the Tennessee Oilers of the National Football League in 1997, the Memphis Mad Dogs of the Canadian Football League in 1995, the Memphis Maniax of the XFL in 2001, the Memphis Showboats of the United States Football League from 1984 to 1985, and the Memphis Southmen of the World Football League from 1974 to 1975.
-The stadium was also home to the Memphis Rogues of the North American Soccer League from 1978 to 1980.
-The “Memorial” part of the stadium name is because it was dedicated to the city’s citizens who had served in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War.
-Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium not only hosts the yearly Liberty Bowl but also the Southern Heritage Classic which features Jackson State University against Tennessee State University, two historically black schools.
-The field inside the stadium is named Rex Dockery Field in honor of former University of Memphis football coach Rex Dockery who died in a plane crash.
-The owner of the stadium is the City of Memphis and it was built as part of the Mid-South Fairgrounds which is home to one of the more popular fairs in the entire South.
–Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium makes an appearance in an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants. The episode Band Geeks shows real footage of a Memphis Showboats game from the 1980’s and Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium can clearly be made out in the clips.