Memphis Sports and Events Center


Fisher Arnold were engaged by brg3s Architects to provide structural engineering services for the Memphis Sports and Events Complex at Liberty Park. The $40m, 227,000 square foot facility was designed around open spaces, and each half of the facility required specific structural elements to create uninterrupted expanse and views. We designed 18-foot deep, 290-foot span trusses for the events area, and for the sports area, which includes 8 basketball courts, 160-foot span trusses with 400-foot clearance, supported by a singular column. Maximum interior roof height reaches 60 feet and buckling-restrained braces were utilized to allow the building to withstand cyclical lateral loadings, typically earthquake-induced loading, and meet seismic requirements.