The Grizzlies were one of the expansion teams the NBA established in 1995, along
with the Toronto Raptors. While being based in Vancouver initially, the team moved
to Memphis, Tennessee in 2001. Most Tennessee teams ply their trade in Nashville,
which makes the Memphis Grizzlies the city's exclusive major sports team. While the
team has had a short NBA history, they have managed to be relatively successful.
Fans have always bought plenty of Memphis Grizzlies tickets, with the team
rewarding their faith with entertaining basketball. Their first period of success came
in 2001 with the draft pick of Pau Gasol. The giant Spaniard was the overall third
pick in the draft and managed to win Rookie of the Year after his first NBA season.
Memphis Grizzlies tickets sold even better during this period, as fans were anxious to
see the skills of Gasol in person. In his seven seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies, he
led them to two playoff berths. A conference or NBA title has eluded the Grizzlies to
date, but they hope the future will bring even more success.
In 2008, Gasol was traded to the L.A. Lakers for several players and draft picks,
including his brother Marc Gasol. Gasol, along with Hamid Haddadi, helped the
Grizzlies claim two playoff berths in the past two seasons. They have had excellent
regular season records, despite being unable to translate that to playoff success.
Fans bought plenty of Memphis Grizzlies tickets for their playoff games and the
excitement in the city was exceptional. They will be hoping it is not too long before
they are buying Memphis Grizzlies tickets for the NBA Finals.
The Grizzlies played in the Pyramid Arena until 2004, when the newly built FedEx-
Forum became their home. The stadium has a capacity of 18,119 fans and Memphis
Grizzlies tickets are regularly sold out for the arena. The arena is also home to the
NCAA's Memphis Tigers. The stadium cost the city $250 million, however $92 million
was paid back by FedEx for the rights to the stadium's name. The build has been an
incredible success, with Memphis Grizzlies tickets sales going a long way to justifying
a new stadium. There are also ice hockey games and notable music concerts held in
Memphis Grizzlies fans have been extremely loyal to the team ever since their move
to the city. Fans were always upset that they did not have a major basketball team in
the city and were delighted when the Vancouver team was moved to Memphis. The
games are always sold out and fans make plenty of noise during games to push their
team on to success. Memphis Grizzlies tickets were hot commodities for their playoff
berths, with every fan wanting a chance to see their team compete at the business
end of the season.
The team has been sold by Michael Heisley, who is now 75, to young billionaire
Robert J. Pera. Fans are hoping that Pera's considerable wealth and business acumen
will help the team compete at the top end of the NBA. While they have never been
able to hold a candle to the likes of the Lakers, Celtics, and Spurs, Pera is sure to
want his team to become even more successful than they have been in the past.
These are exciting times for fans, with seasonal Memphis Grizzlies tickets selling out
for the 2012-2013 season. They will be hoping the likes of Tony Allen and Marc Gasol
are supplemented by more quality players so they can push on from a seven game
first round loss to the L.A. Clippers last season.
11-26-12: This Grizzlies team looks ready to contend. With back to back wins against the Thunder and Knicks, Memphis looks ready to take on any competition put in front of them. Memphis ranks in the top 12 in both scoring and scoring defense, a perfect recipe for a winning pedigree. At 9-2 they will face off against the Cavs and Raptors, both home game for the Grizz.