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At the old Fairgrounds, Memphis bets big on competitive youth sports

Memphis Sports & Events Center estimates more than 2 million annual visitors

By , Daily Memphian Updated: September 07, 2022 6:07 PM CT | Published: September 05, 2022 4:00 AM CT

The old fairgrounds is being repurposed as Liberty Park, a $126 million mixed-used project anchored by the 227,000-square-foot Memphis Sports & Events Center, including apartments, retail, a hotel and more. 

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Don Wade

Don Wade

Don Wade has been a Memphis journalist since 1998 and he has won awards for both his sports and news/feature writing. He is originally from Kansas City and is married with three sons.


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