Why Pigeon Forge?
This eastern Tennessee town is probably best known for Dollywood, one of the South’s most famous theme parks, and Dixie Stampede theater, also owned by country singer Dolly Parton. There is, in fact, a lot to do in Pigeon Forge, but we can get to that in the next section. Let’s talk a little about why thousands of sports tourney directors every year choose to host their events in Pigeon Forge.
Some of the biggest baseball tournaments in the Southeast are held at Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge, a brand-new complex that sports six fields and a host of amazing amenities. In addition, a tourney director might be interested in Wears Farm City Park and its five fields. For indoor sports and recreational events, the massive LeConte Center is wildly popular amongst locals and visitors alike. It can play host to a variety of sports tournaments and recreational events, and has earned a plethora of awards for its excellence.
What Can We Do There?
It is inevitable that the game will end, the buzzer will sound, the dust will settle and families will need something to do as they step away from Pigeon Forge’s playing facilities. Well, they’re in luck. Dollywood, hosting over three million guests in a typical season, offers thrill rides and music concerts from President’s Day through Christmas. Other cool places at Dollywood: the Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame and Splash Country, a 35-acre waterpark.
Additionally, Pigeon Forge hosts numerous car and truck shows throughout the year, including the Great Smoky Mountain Truck Show, Spring Rod Run and Ford F-100 Super Nationals. The town has become somewhat of a mecca for car and truck enthusiasts in the Southeast. Outside of cars, trucks and Dollywood, there’s even more to do in Pigeon Forge, from the Titanic Museum to Flyaway Indoor Skydiving. Tourists will enjoy new sights and sounds in this lively Southern city.
Let us connect you with Pigeon Forge
- Family values—From our Southern hospitality to the safety of our community, Pigeon Forge prides itself on old-fashioned family values, which makes us a very safe destination for everyone.
- Variety of activities—From hiking in nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park to riding world-class coasters at Dollywood theme park, Pigeon Forge offers an endless list of activities for all ages.
- Location, location, location—Pigeon Forge is located within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the nation’s population that lives east of the Mississippi River, so we’re easy to get to.
LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge
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Named for the scenic views of Mount LeConte in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this facility sits right in the heart of Pigeon Forge. The center spans 232,000 square feet and prides itself in its flexibility—it is capable of holding trade shows and expositions as well as completive events. Opened in October 2013, LeConte Center has thrived as both an economic driver—new jobs, more investment and further city development—and a popular spot for sports tournaments.
The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge
The Ripken Experience might be the best experience possible for an eager youth baseball player or an experienced coach. Hosting a baseball tourney in Pigeon Forge is worthwhile, as Ripken Experience offers an incredible backdrop of the Smoky Mountains and features replicas of six professional ballparks. Reserved for the 7U-12U age groups, there is no better place for a kid to chase his major league ambitions while learning a little about the history of American baseball stadiums. The complex enjoyed its inaugural season in 2016, when it welcomed over 600 teams to the area.
Wears Farm City Park Pigeon Forge Baseball Complex
Thought you were done with America’s Pastime in Pigeon Forge? Guess again: Wears Farm City Park boasts an abundance of fields and the perfect amenities that make it fun for a family to enjoy a summer day at the ballpark. There are five lighted baseball fields in one complex and one additional field close by. But baseball tourneys are about more than just the games. Luckily, the main facilities offer batting cages, warm-up areas, restrooms, concession stands and vending machines. With such a plentiful array of fields and features, Wears Farm City is a top pick of many tournament directors.
How Do We Get There?
Pigeon Forge is positioned within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population east of the Mississippi. With a few airports also close by, travelers should not have a hard time getting to this Tennessee town.
By Car: Pigeon Forge sits right off of Interstate 40 and is only 33 miles southeast of Knoxville, four miles south of Sevierville and five miles north of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are two interstates—I-75 and I-81—that are also connected to State Route 66 and provide easy access to drivers.
By Air: McGhee Tyson Airport is located in Knoxville, only 34 miles from Pigeon Forge. Just seven miles away, in Gatlinburg, is Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport. The closest international airport is Charlotte Douglas in Charlotte, North Carolina, 209 miles away.