Shelby Co. Commission approves purchase of AutoZone Park - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Shelby Co. Commission approves purchase of AutoZone Park

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(WMC-TV) - The Shelby County Commission approved the purchase of AutoZone Park after more than an hour of debate Monday. The commission's vote comes 20 days after the city council's decision to buy the home of the Memphis Redbirds.

The commission approved the purchase 10-1. Commissioner Terry Roland was only member to vote no.

According to the deal, the city will spend $19.5 million for the park and $4.5 million for renovations while the St. Louis Cardinals purchase the Redbirds. Taxpayers could spend up to $5 million over the next 17 years.

Taxpayer debt will be paid back through, among other things, $300,000 in annual rent and sales tax rebates.

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