Officials show off Liberty Bowl upgrades - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Officials show off Liberty Bowl upgrades

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - City officials cut the ribbon Wednesday on what they hope will be a bright new future for Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, thanks to a number of upgrades.

One of the first things visitors will notice as they walk into the stadium are new ramps designed to make the building more accessible to the disabled.

"When we debated the dollars about putting into this facility, you know there were the naysayers," Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery said. "There were those who said we need to tear it down and build a new stadium.  That talk didn't go anywhere because we realized that we had a jewel here."

The disabled will also find that new seating changes will make it easier to see activities on the field.   And all around the stadium, special care has been taken to make bathrooms more accessible to wheelchairs and other devices. In fact, officials excitedly showed off what they said is the largest public bathroom in Tennessee.

Meanwhile, in another part of the stadium, there are large meeting rooms that can be used for sports-related interviews or rented out for profit.

"If you've always wanted to have a birthday party at the stadium, or if you're huge football fan and you want to have your wedding at the stadium, I mean there's just an unlimited number of uses," Park Services Director Cindy Buchannan said.

Fans will also find that the stadium now has listening devices to help folks who need them hear games.  And when you visit the Liberty Bowl, be sure to check out the new concession stands and locker rooms.

Officials said plans have already been made to do more renovations in the future.

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