AutoZone Park

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AutoZone Park
Location Memphis, Tennessee United States
Building chronology
Built 2000
Memphis Redbirds
14,200 (12,304 seated)
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AutoZone Park in Memphis, TN, is the home of the Memphis Redbirds, the St. Louis Cardinals' Triple-A East farm team. Opened in 2000, it is widely credited with revitalizing downtown Memphis.

"The AZ" hosted Major League Baseball's Civil Rights Game in 2007 and 2008, in its original guise as a spring training exhibition game; when it later became a designated regular-season game, it was no longer played in Memphis but in a Major League city.

The city-owned stadium and its team - then also municipally owned and operated - drew well until a 2007 downturn. More and more hampered by maintenance and management costs of owning both, the city sold the club to its parent Cards in March 2014. Attendance plunged 27 percent that season, after which renovations reduced the seating of the ballpark - whose baseball record crowd was then 18,620 - to 10,000. The Cards sold a majority interest in 2016 - and the gate rebounded 17 percent. Despite such hiccups - and with the first seven seasons' great gates - the 10-millionth fan attended in 2016, the fastest to that benchmark in Pacific Coast League history. Memphis, now in the International League, played in the PCL from 1998 through 2019.

Former President Jimmy Carter attended the same 2016 contest as fan #10 million.

Memphis has twice seen a Double-A team make like Johnny and June Carter Cash goin' to Jackson - but to two different Jacksons. The Memphis Chicks of the Southern League went to Tennessee's in 1998, and the aforementioned Blues of the Texas League went to Victoria, TX, in 1974 but on to Mississippi's the next year. The Chicks moniker harked back to the Memphis Chickasaws, who played in the Southern Association from 1912 through 1960.

The AZ has a capacity of 14,200 people, seating 12,304.

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