City Celebrates Grizzlies with Operation Grit, Grind and Shine

City Celebrates Grizzlies with Operation Grit, Grind and Shine

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton is urging everyone to get behind our Grizzlies, calling this operation “Grit, Grind, and Shine.”
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Memphis Mayor A C Wharton is urging everyone to get behind our Grizzlies, calling this operation “Grit, Grind, and Shine.”

Huge new billboards and signs are going up, and now Memphis Grizzlies flags are flying at Mud Island. All of this as the Bluff City is getting ready for the national spotlight. Both city and county mayors have declared Friday, May 24, Memphis Grizzlies Day.

Mayor Wharton was in a boat with the Grizz and Elvis as they made their way to Mud Island Park for a big announcement.

“The theme of the day is grind,” the mayor announced at the podium during a news conference. He’s doing something that's never been done before.

"We are the first city that has flags in honor of its team,” he said.

The mayor, Grizz, and Elvis raised Memphis Grizzlies flags at Mud Island Park.

"Now is our time to shine and that's what the flags are all about,” said Mayor Wharton.

Millions of people will see these flags. ESPN will have its GoodYear blimp fly over Memphis during Saturday's Game 3 against the San Antonio Spurs. ESPN is already setting up shop in the Bluff City. Mid-Southerners couldn't be happier with all this national attention.

"What a changed image Memphis has gained. The Grizzlies are part of that, it's great,” said a Grizzlies fan from Dyersburg, Jim Stark.

Everyone is jumping on the Grizz bandwagon. The mayor wore his Grizzlies head band, Le Bonheur patients showed their Grizzlies love in a YouTube music video, and businesses are getting Grizz Fever. Auto Zone Corporate Office is having the largest window graphic ever made in town: 75 feet tall and 45 feet wide.

"We'll finish it first thing in the morning because the sun is hitting the building now so it's starting to stretch so we can't finish the very top of it, the most important part of it, which says AutoZone Believes," said the President of Lamination Service Inc., Mason Ezzell.

If you don't have tickets to Saturday's game, you can still join in the excitement downtown. There will be jumbo screens in the plaza outside FedExForum for a free public viewing of the game.
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