Memphis Mayor Proposes New Stadium to Replace Liberty Bowl, Razing Mid-South Coliseum

JANUARY 2, 2007 - Posted at 3:58 p.m. CST

MEMPHIS, TN - Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton says he wants to push for a new stadium to replace the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

At his annual prayer breakfast yesterday, the mayor said it would be cheaper to build a new 50,000-seat stadium than to renovate the 42-year-old Liberty Bowl facility, which seats 62,380.

Herenton didn't give an estimated cost, but said he plans to seek state funding and private investment.

The stadium is home to the University of Memphis Tigers football team and hosts the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

Herenton also proposed tearing down the Mid-South Coliseum as part of an overall renovation of the city's 170-acre fairgrounds.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)