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Grizzlies and City of Memphis Celebrate Playoff Run by "Painting the town blue and gold"

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MEMPHIS, April 12, 2011 – It’s time to Believe, Memphis! The Grizzlies are back in the Playoffs for the first time since 2006, and the City of Memphis is joining its team in “painting the town blue and gold.” Many local landmarks will support the Grizzlies in unique ways throughout the postseason, while the Grizzlies will be all around the community as Grizz fever spreads in the Bluff City.

Elvis Presley’s Graceland will celebrate the Grizzlies and their success in reaching the 2011 NBA Playoffs by illuminating the exterior of the famous Memphis landmark in Beale Street Blue and Grizzlies Gold starting Thursday, April 14 throughout the team’s NBA Playoff run. The First Tennessee Bank building in downtown Memphis will do its part by spelling out “Go Grizz” on the exterior of the iconic skyscraper in the heart of the city. At the Memphis Zoo, blue and gold lighting will decorate the facility in support of the Grizzlies’ historic season.

In addition to the encouragement of many prominent local businesses, the Grizzlies themselves will be “painting the town blue and gold” with several appearances by team mascot Grizz, the Grizz Girls and the Claw Crew. Between the end of the regular season and the start of the Playoffs, the Grizzlies will keep the good times rolling, beginning with a Rooftop Party at the Peabody featuring Memphis-based rock band Ingram Hill on Thursday, April 14 at 6 p.m. The Grizz Girls and Claw Crew will be on hand for the party to pass out playoff information and Playoff Rally Cards to party goers.

On Friday, April 15, the Grizzlies will team up with the Center City Commission for a Downtown Alive Go Grizz! Pep Rally at Court Square downtown from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Fans are asked to take their lunch breaks with the Grizzlies as the city celebrates the return to the postseason with a rally that will include Grizz, the Grizz Girls, Claw Crew and Grizzlies inflatables.

While Grizzlies players and coaches will be hitting the road for their first playoff road game by Saturday, April 16, the organization’s presence will still be felt as the city prepares for their first home NBA Playoff game since 2006. Grizz and the Grizz Girls will be the honorary starters of the Charles Finney Bike Ride beginning at 8 a.m. while the Junior Dance Team and Claw Crew will be at the Children’s Museum from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for their Spring Fling.

From 12-4 p.m. on Saturday, the Grizzlies will hold an Open House for 2011-12 season tickets at FedExForum. Grizz, the Grizz Girls and Claw Crew will be on hand, along with Grizzlies inflatables, face painting and balloon animals, as fans have the opportunity to handpick their seats for the Grizzlies’ 2011-12 season. Free parking is available for the event at the Toyota Parking Garage located on Linden Ave. and Grizzlies Season Ticket Account Executives will be available to assist fans in selecting their seats.

Throughout the day on April 16, Claw Crew members will bring their level of spirit and excitement to festivals in the city, including Africa in April and the South Main Hot Wing Fest.

The Grizzlies will cap off the weekend at the Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival behind AutoZone headquarters on Sunday, April 17, where Grizz, the Grizz Girls and Claw Crew will shoot out t-shirts into the crowd on the hour every hour from 1-6 p.m. in addition to handing out Playoff Rally Cards.

As the Grizzlies paint the town blue and gold over the coming days, fans can grab their own piece of the action by picking up Playoff Rally Cards at participating partner locations, including First Tennessee Bank, Toyota Dealers, Malco Theatres, Sonic Drive-Ins, Ashley Furniture HomeStore, Golf and Games Family Park, Great American Home Store, Verizon Wireless, City Gear USA and Jason’s Deli, among others.

Grizzlies fans looking to cheer the team on as it hits the road to play its first two postseason games should stay tuned for further announcements regarding Bud Light Playoff Watch Parties.

Members of Grizz Nation can purchase tickets for Playoff Home Games 1 and 2 at all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 800-745-3000 or 901-888-HOOP(4667), by visiting the FedExForum Box Office or online at grizzlies.com or ticketmaster.com.