The Memphis Grizzlies are a relatively young franchise, joining the NBA as an expansion team for the 1995-1996 season. Things weren’t great for the Grizzlies at the beginning of the team’s run in the NBA. The then-Vancouver based franchise failed to win so much as 20 games in a season until their fourth year in the NBA. Their third season, the lockouts shortened 1999-2000 campaign, the Grizzlies finished just 8-40—a .160 winning percentage. After failing to reach 30 wins in any of the team’s first eight seasons, the Grizzlies won 50 games in the 2003-2004 season, making the playoffs for the first time. Led by Spanish big man Pau Gasol, the Grizzlies made the playoffs for three straight seasons, but they did not win a playoff series in that time. After a four year absence from postseason play, the Grizzlies have made the playoffs each of their past three seasons. In 2011 Memphis won its first playoff series, and in 2013 the Grizzlies reached the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history. Given its relative youth, the franchise has yet to retire any numbers. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Memphis Grizzlies basketball tickets.
2016 Grizzlies Season Preview
The Memphis Grizzlies put together another 50+ win season a year ago, and continued to be one of the toughest teams in the NBA. But falling short of reaching the Western Conference finals has the Grizzlies looking hoping for more this season. The big goal for Memphis in the offseason was resigning superstar Marc Gasol to a long term deal, which the Grizzlies were able to accomplish. The Grizzlies also brought in Jeff Green, and Matt Barnes, to improve the teams front court. The 2015-16 Memphis Grizzlies should be as tough as ever, playing relentless defense and brawling teams in the paint. But will the Grizzlies have the talent on the perimeter to compete with Western Conference powers like the Golden State Warriors or San Antonio Spurs? Expect the 2015-16 Grizzlies to power teams into playing their style of basketball, and for Memphis to be a contender in the Western Conference once again.
Check out our Memphis Grizzlies Season Preview History page for previews of previous Grizzlies seasons.
Memphis Grizzlies Basketball at FedEx Forum Address: 191 Beale St, Memphis, Tennessee, 38103
The Grizzlies play their home games at the FedEx Forum, located in Memphis, Tennessee. When filled to capacity, the FedEx Forum holds more than 18 thousand screaming Grizzlies fans. Given that the Forum is in Memphis, the “Home of Blues, Birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll,” there is an obvious music theme in the arena, completed by the Smithsonian’s Rock ‘n Soul museum, which is located right on arena grounds. The Memphis Grizzlies home bench is on the FedEx Forum court side in front of sections 104 & 105. FedEx Forum parking information is covered in our Grizzlies event guide.
Grizzlies vs. Spurs
As inner-division foes, the Grizzlies and the Spurs continue to form one of the better rivalries in the NBA. The two teams have met over 70 times during the regular season and have played in three postseason series including two of the last three seasons. Memphis and San Antonio played in the 2013 Western Conference Finals which has only added fuel to this up-and-coming rivalry.
Grizzlies vs. Mavericks
The young talent of the Grizzles against the veteran laded Mavericks has made this match-up a must see. The two teams are often fighting for division supremacy with the highlight of the rivalry coming in the 2006 Western Conference playoffs. Memphis and Dallas met in the first round of the postseason that year. With over 65 regular season meetings between the two teams, the Grizzlies and the Mavericks will only continue to add to their rivalry.
Grizzlies vs. Rockets
The Grizzlies and the Rockets continue to build on a rivalry that is often hard fought and the intensity level is at its highest. The two teams have faced off over 70 times and will only add to that number in the upcoming seasons. As division foes, Memphis and Houston are often fighting for a division title which only heightens this rivalry.
Grizzlies in the NBA Finals, Western Conference Championships and NBA Playoffs
The Grizzlies are quickly becoming one of the top teams in the NBA. The last few seasons, Memphis has started to compete for a Western Conference title with their closest opportunity coming in the 2012-2013 season. The Grizzlies made the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history. With a young roster, it does not appear Memphis is slowing down anytime soon.
Memphis Grizzlies Event Guide
When do gates open prior to tipoff at a Grizzles game?
Gates open to the general public 1 hour before tipoff.
Where are good places to eat before a Grizzles game?
When visiting Memphis you have to try the barbeque. Rendezvous is one of the most famous barbeque places in the world and it is packed with Grizzles fans before games. Other great barbeque places in Memphis are, Central BBQ, Leonard’s Pit Barbecue, Cozy Corner, and One & Only. If barbeque isn’t your style, try Dyers Café, Kooky Canuck, or Sole Restaurant and Bar for great American food. For a place that is all Memphis, try Wet Willies. It is known for having live bands and has great bar food. Other good places are Blues City Café, Bayou Bar & Grill and Elliott’s Restaurant.
Where is the best place to park at FedEx Forum?
Parking at FedEx forum is spread out through a couple of areas. Almost all of the parking is to the west of the arena and we recommend looking just west of Third St., south of FedEx forum. If you are looking to save a little bit of money and don’t mind walking a few blocks, there are some large lots located on the bank of the river, just east of Riverside Drive.
Does my child need a ticket to go to a Grizzles game?
Children under 24 months old are allowed to enter FedEx Forum without a ticket. All other children are required to have at ticket to attend the game. We recommend bringing proof of your child’s age to ensure that they are allowed to enter the arena.