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City discusses Liberty Bowl, Fairgrounds improvements

The University of Memphis' move to the Big East Conference comes with a few conditions, including renovations to the Mid-South Fairgrounds and the Liberty Bowl. The University of Memphis' move to the Big East Conference comes with a few conditions, including renovations to the Mid-South Fairgrounds and the Liberty Bowl.

(WMC-TV) – The University of Memphis' move to the Big East Conference comes with a few conditions, including renovations to the Mid-South Fairgrounds and the Liberty Bowl.

Now that the Tigers have officially accepted an invitation to become a part of the Big East, city leaders say it's time to push forward with plans for the multimillion dollar redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

Thursday afternoon they met to discuss those plans which include improvements to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, a new retail center, a 5,000 seat indoor multi-use arena to replace the Mid-South Coliseum, basketball courts, a youth sports facility and further development of Tiger Lane.

"We talked about the press box which we would have had to talk about even if we had not gotten admission to the Big East, elevators," said Memphis A C Wharton. "As you know, the governor got trapped in an elevator during the UT/U of M game. We can't have that happen anymore. It might even get the mayor caught in there. But in any event, the scoreboard, Jumbotron - things like that. We need vast improvements and those would have to be made even if it were not for the Big East."

Officials agree with Memphis now a part of the Big East, the Fairgrounds project has the potential to stimulate the economy by revitalizing a key location in the heart of the city.

Wharton said city leaders plan to meet again in about two weeks to further discuss plans for redevelopment.

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