What you need to know about Liberty Stadium renovations

By , Daily Memphian Updated: March 20, 2024 11:24 AM CT | Published: March 19, 2024 12:11 PM CT

University of Memphis officials have decided tackle the $220 million renovation of Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium in phases. 

On the hook for $50 million of that funding, the university has said it has raised more than $16 million in gifts and pledges toward that goal and can begin work soon while continuing to raise funding. 

But, when will the renovations begin? How many phases and what will they include? What is the “party zone” and how will it effect arena seating?

Does the U of M have to raise $50 million to receive a matching donation from FedEx Corp. founder Fred Smith?

Memphis Tigers athletic director Laird Veatch met with local media members to answer these and more questions.


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Tim Buckley

Tim Buckley

Tim is a veteran sportswriter who graduated from CBHS in Memphis and the University of Missouri. He previously covered LSU sports in Baton Rouge, and the University of Louisiana football and basketball for The Daily Advertiser/USA TODAY Network in Lafayette, the NBA’s Utah Jazz for the Deseret News in Salt Lake City, the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning for the St. Petersburg Times in Florida, and West Texas State basketball for the Amarillo Globe News in Texas.


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