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Shelby Co. gives up interest in Coliseum, Liberty Bowl property

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Shelby County Commission has voted to give up its interest in the Mid-South Coliseum and property under the Liberty Bowl to the city of Memphis without payment.

The vote Monday was 7-6 over objections that the county needs a say in fairgrounds redevelopment. The coliseum is on the 170-acre fairgrounds.

The coliseum began to become obsolete when the city opened The Pyramid in 1991. Then in 2004, the FedExForum opened off Beale Street.

The coliseum was the site more than 40 years ago of two Beatles shows on their last U.S. tour.

It also was used often for pro wrestling matches, including one in 1982 when Jerry "The King" Lawler slammed comedian Andy Kaufman onto a mat in a move known as "a piledriver."

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium is currently used for various athletic events, including Memphis Tigers football home games.

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