What Makes Sevierville a Great Sports Destination?
Located in the foothills of the scenic Appalachian Mountains, Sevierville is a welcoming city for athletes and sightseers alike. World-class venues and bountiful recreational opportunities have been attracting teams and families for years, and expanding facilities and accommodations coming in the near future will ensure they keep coming. Whether you’re a team member or just a spectator, Sevierville is for you.
A Prime Family Vacation Region
Sevierville has a wealth of options available to sports participants and families visiting the area. From shopping and attractions to outdoor recreation and music shows, Sevierville welcomes visitors. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the largest and the most visited in the national park system, welcomes eleven million visitors annually. There are camping, picnicking and fishing, programs and special events, and 800 miles of trails to explore. At Dollywood theme park,Drop Line, Lightning Rod and Thunderhead are just a few of the 40 rides and attractions available. More than a half-dozen daily entertainment events are featured throughout the summer, while eight holiday shows brighten the Christmas season. The National Gospel & Harvest Celebration is a fall standard. Festival and events, numerous dining options and an array of mountain craft demonstrations and shops complete your day. NASCAR SpeedPark offers eight family-friendly tracks. Foxfire Mountain Adventures covers 150 acres with 15 zip lines, while Adventure Works Climb Zip Swing offers a zip line excursion and ropes adventure course. Caves, museums, petting zoos and interactive mini-golf also await the Sevierville visitor. Tanger Outlets Sevierville features major brand stores at discounted prices. Smoky Mountain Knife Works, The Robert A. Tino Gallery, and Great Smokies Flea Market round out an amazing retail experience in Sevierville, which is known as the shopping capital of the Smokies.
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Sevierville Convention Center
Sports: Basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, gymnastics, dance and jujitsu
A regular stop for volleyball and competitive arts events, the Convention Center easily accommodates up to nine basketball and 21 volleyball courts. The facility’s flexibility shows in its 108,000-square-foot exhibit hall with 32-foot ceiling. Four ballrooms can be combined into more than 19,000 square feet with 22-foot ceilings. The latter is perfect for dance, cheerleading and other competitive arts events. The center has hosted varsity cheerleading UCA Championships and Encore Championships. Dance competitions have included Rising Star, Show Stoppers, Beyond the Stars, Epic Dance Showcase, Platinum Dance, Dance Machine Productions and Legacy Dance. The 2016 K2 Wilderness at the Smokies Volleyball Tournament attracted more than 18,117 athletes and spectators.
Pre-function areas are suited for registration and information centers. The loading ramps allow direct access to the exhibit floor. This easier load-in, load-out is ideal for competitions and events requiring heavy gear, such as weight lifting and wrestling mats.
Sevierville Golf Club
Located just outside the Sevierville Convention Center, the Sevierville Golf Club features two 18-hole championship courses. The Highlands is a par 70, while The River course is par 72. Both tracks utilize the natural topography of the Smoky Mountain foothills to create challenging golf in a memorable setting. The 7,155-yard Highlands course winds through ponds and streams with water coming into play at varying degrees on 10 holes. Water is a factor on 10 of the River course holes. An expansive grass driving range, putting green and chipping/pitching green complement the courses as well as an outdoor pavilion, golf shop, locker rooms with showers, meeting space and restaurant. The friendly staff can help with full event planning and administration as well as set up fund-raising tournaments, day long golf outings or even golf clinics with on-staff PGA Professionals for any size group.
Home to the Tennessee Smokies; an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, the ballpark serves a dual purpose. Sitting close to Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the facility houses the Smoky Mountain Visitor Center. When the Smokies are in town, taking in a game is an enjoyable family experience. The stadium also hosts a series of premier annual baseball events– Tennessee Smokies Wood Bat Showcase, High School Summer Wood Bat Classic, Fall Wood Bat Classic and High School Baseball Showcase.
Sevierville is committed to preserving undeveloped land for recreational and environmental use. Currently there are more than ten miles of developed greenways. Sevierville recognizes their importance to the health of the community and improving the economy through tourism. As a result of this commitment, gentle rolling terrain and a pre-established route, Sevierville is a regular host for running events like the Santa Smokies Hustle 5K and Half Marathon. The 5K Stomp Out Cancer in October visits five area wineries in a walk/run and sampling event.
Sevierville City Park
The City Park is a welcome spot to take a break from competition. Besides picnic shelters and tables, the all-new Unleashed Dog Park provided by PetSafe (2017), the Family Aquatic Center and all inclusive playground, there are outstanding competition venues. Three fields are set for mobile mounds and corresponding base paths, while the other two fields have permanent mounds at 50 feet and 46 feet. All fields can be lighted. Three fields regularly host softball tournaments. Between the Sevierville City Park and nearby Sevierville Community Center, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department offers eight newly renovated tennis courts, indoor and outdoor basketball and volleyball courts, 10 lanes with state-of-the-art GSX Nex Gen Brunswick bowling machines and a 2010 newly renovated 25-meter, six-lane indoor pool.
From Wherever You’re Coming, Sevierville Isn’t Far Away
A convenient eastern Tennessee location makes Sevierville an ideal location for your next tournament or meet.
By Car: Easy to reach by automobile, Sevierville is within a day’s drive of more than half of the nation’s population. Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Lexington, Louisville and Nashville are all less than six hours away.
By Air: McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, less than an hour away, is serviced by five major airlines and welcomes flights from flights from 20 cities.