MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Madness kicks off today at the FedExForum, ushering in the University of Memphis Tigers basketball season.
Fans can see the number one recruiting class in men’s college basketball take the court, and also welcome the new women’s head basketball coach, Katrina Meriweather.
Memphis resident Jared Kendall is taking his son to the event, and he said it’s an opportunity for fans to get a true sense of normalcy back amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I think the potential is there,” he said. “I just love to see it all come together and finally have something to cheer about because it’s been a long time. Everyone is excited.”
Artemis “Peppa” Williams, who is in his sixth year of producing the event, said this year’s Memphis Madness is going to be a different experience.
“That’s all I’ll tell you,” he said. “I can’t say nothing. You have to come see it.”
Williams said he believes Memphians will enjoy the festivities leading up to the season.
“When you hit the Tigers game we all see the color blue,” he said. “It gives you a sense of calmness, a sense of unity.”
COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place at the Forum.
All guests must wear a face mask, regardless of vaccination status.
The Blue Carpet Experience begins at 5 p.m. in the plaza outside the arena, featuring music, games and cheer and dance performances.
Memphis Madness entertainment includes special guest appearances, introductions of both teams, a dunking contest, a 3-point contest and other challenges.
Doors to the Forum open at 6 p.m.
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