Saturday, July 4, 2015

Memphis' Pyramid Being Used Again

From the April 30, 2015, Panama City (Fl) News-Herald "Pyramid seeks old glory with new Bass Pro Shops" AP.

The Memphis wonder on the banks of the Mississippi River is shaped like a pyramid and referred to as that.  It stopped hosting basketball games and concerts in 2004 and has sat mostly empty since then. "a fate of obsolete architectural curiosities like Houston's Astrodome--cool-looking buildings with no real purpose."

It opened on April 29th and has all the stuff you'd normally expect from one of these stores, plus a 105-room hotel built like a hunting lodge overlooking a cypress swamp.  there is an observatory on topof the 32-story structure with remarkable views of Memphis and officials expect it to draw 2 million visitors a year.

That would place it alongside such Memphis attractions as Graceland, Stax Records, Sun Studio and the National Civil Rights Museum, mud Island and Beale Street.  And don't forget the blues and BBQ.

The Pyramid opened in 1991, but started going downhill when the NBA Memphis Grizzlies and University of Memphis Tigers basketball teams left for the new FedEx Forum on Beale Street.

It's All Egyptian to Me.  --RoadDog

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