From basketball to soccer and the St. Patrick’s parade, fans and frolickers are going to pack Downtown Memphis this weekend.
“I’ll be here with bells on,” said Tiger fan Ronnie Little.
Little has been following the University of Memphis Tigers teams for a long time and knows how to get to where they are.
“You got to get here early,” said Little. “Get here about 10, 11, tomorrow, relax and when game time starts.”
Little is one of thousands of fans who will brush shoulders with St. Paddy’s celebration revelers from Saturday’s parade, basketball fans at FedExForum, Memphis 901 Football Club spectators at Autozone Park, to Amos Lee fans at the Orpheum Theatre all in Downtown Memphis.
“Another win puts another notch on our belt to bring more people out,” said former Memphis Tiger football player Ron Sells.
Exactly how many people not even Memphis Tourism President Kevin Kane knows.
“It’s going to be a big weekend for us. Saint Patrick’s, 901 FC, obviously the American Athletic Conference, it’s going to be a multi-million dollar weekend for the Memphis economy,” said Kane.
Memphis Police say expect sizable police presence like any other special weekend and no street closures around FedExForum during the tournament.
Make things easy on yourself and Uber, Lyft, or MATA your way downtown and skip the parking hassle and leave the work to Downtown businesses.
“We expect a capacity is what we would like to see,” said Wilbur Hensley, owner of Jerry Lee Lewis’ and other Beale Street businesses. “We want to invite everybody in Memphis to come down and experience Beale Street, downtown Memphis, the 901 soccer, and let’s take it home.”