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Grizzlies and City of Memphis celebrate playoffs run with activities

Mayor Wharton raised flags at tip of Mud Island to salute Memphis Grizzlies.

MEMPHIS, May 24, 2013 . – To show support for the team’s success in the NBA Playoffs, Mayor A C Wharton, Jr. joined Grizz and the Grizz Girls yesterday, May 23, at Mud Island River Park and raised Memphis Grizzlies flags, with the American flag remaining at the center of this collection of seven flag poles.

Mayor Wharton also announced plans to place large LED screens in the downtown area for outdoor public viewings of Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals with the assistance from the Greater Memphis Chamber, Riverfront Development Corporation, Beale Street Merchants Association, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, Downtown Memphis Commission, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and Elvis Presley Enterprises.

Game 3 will be shown on screens in the Plaza at FedExForum and at Handy Park as well as various locations on Beale Street. After the conclusion of Sunset Symphony, those in attendance will be able to watch the duration of the game after the conclusion of the fireworks display. 
As the Memphis skyline takes the national spotlight in the Western Conference Finals, the Downtown Memphis Commission is encouraging downtown offices and apartment buildings to “Grit, Grind and Shine” this Memorial Day weekend by leaving the lights on in a show of support for the Grizzlies.

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital will also be displaying banners on the exterior of the building with All Heart. Grit. Grind., visible on Poplar Avenue. The Grizzlies and the hospital hosted a pep rally earlier this week for patients and their families to celebrate the playoffs.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is displaying a St. Jude Believes  banner at the main entrance. Attached is a photo of the banner.
AutoZone Corporate Offices are also displaying two Believe Memphis banners, one visible from Front Street and the other from Riverside Drive.

The Peabody Hotel decorated the Lobby Fountain in advance of Saturday’s game. Attached is a photo of the fountain.
Presbyterian Day School painted life-size cutouts of the Grizzlies’ starting five and Head Coach Lionel Hollins to greet students this week as they entered the building. To show their support for the games this weekend, Presbyterian Day School will move the players and Coach Hollins to the sidewalk so they are visible from Poplar Avenue. Attached is a photo from the school.

In addition to the activities downtown, Shelby Farms Greenline with be temporarily renamed the “Shelby Farms Grindline” to commemorate the Grizzlies historic run in the playoffs. Attached is a photo of Grizz with Shelby Farms’ mascot Thomas the Buffalo.

Fans can stop by any Sonic Drive-In location to pick up Believe Memphis sunglasses starting Saturday and Ashley Furniture HomeStore will be giving away Believe Memphis T-shirts (with purchase) effective Friday, both while supplies last. With a $10 purchase, City Gear is giving away We Don’t Bluff shirts.

Memphis-area fans can still win Western Conference Finals tickets and a weekend stay at Gold Strike Casino Resort-Tunica by entering the Believe Memphis photo contest presented by Gold Strike. Fans can present their best Beale Street Blue and Grizzlies Gold attire by submitting photos on to share with all Grizzlies fans.  Photos can be submitted at, on the Grizzlies Facebook page via the Believe Memphis tab or by following @memgrizz on Twitter and tweeting a photo along with the hashtag: #BelieveMemphis.
Coming off 15-straight home playoff game sellouts, Grizzlies’ fans are encouraged to guarantee their playoff tickets by purchasing 2013-14 Season Tickets. Season Tickets start at just $5 per game. For more information on the Memphis Grizzlies, please visit, ‘like’ Memphis Grizzlies on Facebook or follow on Twitter (@memgrizz).