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Memphians to rally for AutoZone Park

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The Redbirds believe the potential deal goes beyond the park as a destination for residents and tourists; they believe it presents Memphis as a big league sports town. The Redbirds believe the potential deal goes beyond the park as a destination for residents and tourists; they believe it presents Memphis as a big league sports town.

(WMC-TV) - Memphis City Council members will cast their votes Tuesday on the future of AutoZone Park. Meanwhile, a grassroots effort to save the park is underway.

The deal: AutoZone Park will be operated by the St. Louis Cardinals and taxpayers would spend up to $5 million over the next 17 years.

"That park is such a strategic asset to the community," said archer>malmo CEO Russ Williams, who is one of several supporters who will rally downtown Tuesday. "Everybody downtown loves that park, loves the ball games at that park."

Organizers say they hope to see AutoZone Park supporters out in large numbers marching to city hall to show their dedication to keeping the park as a permanent entity in the downtown district.

"There's gonna be a mobile band, there's gonna be a juggler," said Williams describing the rally. "We're gonna have a great time as we march from AutoZone Park down Main Street to city hall.

Organizers say this deal is a financial win for the city. It is something they cannot afford to pass up as they face pension and budget issues.

"The effort that's emerged really over the last day has demonstrated how much the park means to Memphians across and Mid-Southerners throughout the region," said AutoZone Park Director of Community Relations and Communications Jenny Koltrow.

The Redbirds believe the potential deal goes beyond the park as a destination for residents and tourists; they believe it presents Memphis as a big league sports town.

"We're within arms' reach of an opportunity to really be part of the St. Louis Cardinals ball club and I mean wouldn't everybody want that?" said Koltrow. "We're talking about one of the most storied franchises in sports history and they can make a home here in Memphis with this opportunity.

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