David Fizdale gives out 500 free tickets for Grizzlies' home opener

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale gave away 500 tickets to the Grizzlies' opening night game against the Pelicans.

Fizdale set up at FedExForum's lobby Tuesday after practice to hand out tickets to Wednesday's game. It's a giveaway tradition in which all recent Grizzlies head coaches have participated.

Fizdale said he was happy to be part of the giveaway, and is excited that many of the people who received tickets had never been to a Grizzlies game.

"To help somebody out that may not be able to afford to go to a game, knowing that they are going to be able to be there with their kid or whoever, makes me feel great," he said.

The Grizzlies also announced all the festivities planned for Wednesday's game.

The Claw Crew will tip off the opening night festivities at Ford Street Corners. Those gatherings will feature free tickets, autographed items, and other grizzlies prizes.

Ford Street Corners locations Time
Intersection of Poplar and Highland Tuesday, October 17 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
AutoNation Ford (Mount Moriah and I-240) Tuesday, October 17 from 5-7 p.m.
Bike Arch at Overton park (E Parkway N and Sam Cooper Blvd) Wednesday, October 18 from 7-9 a.m.
Intersection of Perkins Ext and Poplar Wednesday, October 18 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Fans are also invited to get to the game early to enjoy the Opening Night Party on the Plaza. The party kicks off at 5 p.m. and continues up until game time.

Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and Memphis native Kirk Whalum will perform the National Anthem. Famous Memphis dancer Lil Buck will perform on court during player introductions

Every fan in attendance will receive a Grit Grind Forever growl towel.

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