A quarter-century ago, AutoZone Park gave Downtown a jump-start

By , Daily Memphian Updated: June 26, 2023 4:00 AM CT | Published: June 26, 2023 4:00 AM CT

After decades of decline, Downtown started to rebound — and perhaps nothing spurred the comeback quite like the 2000 opening of AutoZone Park at Third and Union. The whole atmosphere changed. Or as now-retired AutoZone executive Ray Pohlman remembers: “Downtown was cool ... it just flourished.”


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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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