The Pyramid Arena in downtown Memphis has been a focal point on the city's skyline since 1991. Though it was a controversial architectural undertaking at the time, most Memphians have come to accept, if not appreciate, the Pyramid. Since 2005, the arena has been used less and less as the FedEx Forum has become the Memphis venue of choice. Though there have been numerous proposals regarding the use of the Pyramid, its future currently remains uncertain. Below you will find some interesting facts about the Pyramid -- some well-known and others that may come as a surprise.
- The official name of the Pyramid is "The Great American Pyramid."
- The Pyramid is 321 feet tall, or 32 stories -- the third largest pyramid in the world.
- The Memphis, Tennessee pyramid is a 60 percent replica of the Great Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt.
- Until 2012, a 25 foot statue of Ramesses II stood guard at the Pyramid's entrance. The statue is now located on the University of Memphis campus.
- The arena seats 21,000.
- The interior of the Pyramid has more than half a million square feet of usable space.
- The Pyramid's exterior is clad in stainless steel.
- The venue is owned and operated by both Shelby County and the city of Memphis.
The Pyramid Arena is located at 1 Auction Avenue in Memphis.