The Pyramid Arena is a 20,142-seat located in downtown at the banks of the . The facility was built in and is owned and operated jointly by the city of Memphis and . Its unique structure plays on the city's in , known for its ancient s. It is 321 feet (98m, about 32 stories) tall and has base sides of 591 ft; it is the sixth largest in the world behind the (456 ft), (448 ft), (348 ft) and the (341 ft) and the (332 ft), both in . It is also slightly (about 16 feet) taller than the . A statue of stands in front of the pyramid.
Various former uses and eventsEdit
It was the home court for the University of Memphis men's basketball program , and later for the Memphis Grizzlies . However, both teams left The Pyramid in November 2004 to move into the newly built FedExForum.
The arena hosted the 1993 Men's and Women's basketball tournaments, the 1994 and 1997 men's basketball tournament, the 1996 and 2000 men's basketball tournament, and the 2003 women's basketball tournament. It also held the first and second rounds of the in 1995, 1997, and 2001.
The Pyramid was the site of the pay-per-view, in 1999. It was used for the 2002 concert commemorating the 25th anniversary of the death of . It also hosted the mega-fight between and in 2002, which Lewis won by a in the eighth round.
Filmmaker Craig Brewer used the building as a sound stage for his film Black Snake Moan in late 2005.
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band performed what is reputed to be the last concert ever in the Pyramid on February 3, 2007.
Suggestions for future useEdit
Since the recently completed has overtaken the Pyramid as the city's primary indoor sports arena, the Pyramid does not currently have any long term tenants. A committee studied possible uses of the arena in 2005, and considered such uses as converting the arena into a , an , a shopping center, or an indoor .
In October 2005, media speculation began to focus on an aquarium or a superstore as the most likely long-term tenants of the arena. In November 2006, Congressman-Elect (D-Tennessee) suggested that he would attempt to open a "Mid-American branch" of the in the building. As of January 31, 2008, the city and Bass Pro Shops have reached a "tentative" agreement, short on details, but based on an intent to develop the now-abandoned structure.
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