Season tickets are now available for the inaugural season of professional soccer in Memphis. USL Memphis season tickets will include at least 17 home games at AutoZone Park, as well as select U.S. Open games and preseason games. To reserve season tickets, all you have to do is select your seating area and put a 20% down payment. Prices range from $170 to $500 for the season. Section types include Club Premium, Midfield, Sideline, and Supporters. The Supporters sections are general admission and will be subject to excessive noise, drum-beating, flag-waving, and just extreme fandom in general.
When you put down your 20% down payment, you will receive a ticket to the September 1 exhibition game for each season ticket purchased. This game will feature Tim Howard and the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer versus the United Soccer League’s Tulsa Roughnecks FC. Order tickets here. Single-game tickets to the September 1 exhibition will go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.
Voting is now open in the Memphis Flyer’s Best of Memphis 2018. Although there are other polls/votes about the best of Memphis, the Flyer’s poll is generally the one that is most respected. You can only vote once (as opposed to once per day/hour/etc.) and the poll is operated by an editorial department rather than a marketing department. I’m very proud to be a former winner in Best of Memphis, having taken Best Blog 2006-2009.
ESPN FPI has predicted the 10 college football teams most likely to go undefeated this season and look who made the list:
Teams with the best chance to go undefeated in 2018 (via ESPN FPI)
1 Clemson – 20.7%
2 Georgia – 10.1%
3 Alabama – 10.0%
4 Notre Dame – 8.3%
5 Washington – 7.3%
6 Ohio St – 6.5%
6 Oklahoma – 6.5%
8 Boise St – 2.7%
9 Memphis – 2.4%
10 Michigan State – 2.3%
— CFB Home (@CFBHome) July 31, 2018
Yesterday I blogged about the 50 cent oysters at 117 Prime for happy hour every day from 4 to 7. I forgot to mention that the oysters are not the only screaming deal 117 Prime has. Every day for lunch they have a Draper Special: soup or salad, lunch special of the day, and a drink (iced tea, soda, lemonade, or a MARTINI!!!) for $16 including tax and tip. Follow 117 Prime on Twitter to find out what the Draper Special is each day. Here’s today’s Draper:
How beautiful is the Draper tomorrow? Enjoy the special for Thursday: Pork loin with orange bbq sauce dirty Brussels sprouts and fried potatoes!
.#mustbememphis #memphisrestaurant #downtownmemphis #madeinmemphis #ilovememphis #117Prime #901eats #901foodie pic.twitter.com/oommTVKLtA
— 117 Prime (@117PrimeMem) August 2, 2018
My friend Jason Davenport at the Sunday Slowdown songwriter showcase at the Ghost River taproom this Sunday at 5 PM. If you ever saw South Side Supper Club perform, Jason was the guy playing the accordion. A solo accordion act should be interesting.
Those of you who went to EP Delta Kitchen back in the day surely remember house band The Garry Goin Group, also known as G3. They’ll be back downtown tonight playing the weekly Peabody rooftop party, with R&B tunes from the ’50s through today. $10 admission, $20 VIP with hotel guests and ladies free before 7, and your admission includes a buffet of Sloppy Joes and chips. Those in VIP will have a second buffet of chicken, sliders, beef sliders, steak fries, and a cheese tray.
The Silly Goose kicks off a new Sunday brunch this Sunday 11 AM-3 PM featuring Wok’n in Memphis and London Underground-inspired DJ Maverick. The bunch cuisine will be Asian-themed with drink pairings.
The Civil War replica cannons were removed yesterday from Fourth Bluff Park by Greenspace, the new owner of the park. The cannons were sold to Sons of Confederate Veterans.
There’s an all-you-can-eat specialty ticket for tonight’s Redbirds game featuring sweet and sour chicken, fried rice, spring rolls, and hot dogs. $2 Thirsty Thursday beers around the park.
As your number-one source of news and information about The Edge District, I have links to two stories concerning the area. One is that the former Commercial Appeal building at 495 Union has new owners. When the CA moved their printing operation to Jackson last year, they no longer needed that much space. The CA will be moving into a 17,000 square foot space in the first floor of the Toyota Center, a space formerly occupied by Sullivan Branding.
The Memphis Business Journal has a first look at a building redevelopment in The Edge, at 647 Madison. The 12,000 square foot space is the new home of Karen Adams Designs.
Ongoing drama in the sports world: Prospect D.J. Jeffries decommitted from Kentucky, and it is believed that the reason he did that is because Penny Hardaway was named as Memphis men’s head basketball coach. Calipari has never had a recruit decommit at Kentucky. Wouldn’t it be sweet revenge if Memphis stole Jeffries from Cal? Remember, Memphis was on track to have Boogie Cousins and John Wall play for the Tigers, until Cal went to Kentucky and stole them away. Turnabout is fair play, Cal. Read more at SBNation.
That’s it for today. Back tomorrow with more.