Why Knoxville?

Knoxville is the big town with little attitude; a city that treats everyone like a local. Located alongside the Tennessee River, a spectacular sporting venue itself and home to events like the Knoxville Powerboat Classic, Knoxville provides athletes and fans alike with outstanding visitor experience.

Sports fans know Knoxville as the home of the University of Tennessee, but that’s not all this city has to offer. Knoxville offers a surprisingly real, truly accessible and unexpectedly sophisticated mix of culture and adventure rooted in history and genuine Southern hospitality. From outdoor adventure to entertainment seven nights a week, Knoxville has it all. And don’t even get us started on the food. Yes, there’s barbecue and all that goes with it, but thanks to a group of talented chefs and a number of local breweries, the city is emerging as one of the best culinary and craft beer towns in the Southeast.

Just three miles from downtown, you’ll discover Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. This 1,000 acre stretch features more than 50 miles of hiking and biking trails. A sports venue in its own right, the area is home to Baker Creek Preserve, site of the Devil’s Racetrack Downhill Trail – a professionally designed and constructed .8 mile extreme downhill trail. A new BMX Park with  stadium seating of 4500 is slated to open Spring/Summer 2018.

What Can We Do In Knoxville?

The question is perhaps, what can’t you do?

Within less than one square mile, visitors are delighted to find more than 75 restaurants, roof-top bars, world-class theatres, museums, parks, live music venues, attractions, shops and more in and around Market Square in Downtown Knoxville. This popular gathering spot is home to festivals, outdoor movies and more.

Market Square

A great many visitors come to Knoxville to learn more about Civil War sites in the area, and tour earthworks, battle sites and historic homes. While here, many stop by the East Tennessee History Center to learn about their own history available through the center’s premier genealogy research library. Other popular Knoxville attractions include Zoo Knoxville, home to the spectacular Tiger Forest, and Navitat Knoxville, a tree-based adventure park featuring ziplines, bridges, nets, tunnels, and more!

Let us connect you with Knoxville CVB

Parker Medley 

Sports Sales Director

Phone:  865-342-9137

Website: visitknoxsports.com


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  • Over 50,000 square feet of snap court available

Planner Perspective

The city is made for bike racing, with the river and the hills. Visit Knoxville hit the ball out of the park.

Derek Bouchard-Hall, President & CEO, USA Cycling

The entire team in Knoxville went above and beyond to insure we had a great time. Our needs before, during and after the events were more than satisfied. Everyone at Visit Knoxville made us feel like friends, and not just clients.

Eric Lopez, Director of B.A.S.S. Operations


Knoxville Convention CenterKCC-Basketball Flooring

Sports: Indoor sports

This dazzling, 500,000 square foot facility is located downtown alongside World’s Fair Park and the University of Tennessee campus. The KCC offer more than 119,000 square feet of flexible exhibit space. Additional space totaling nearly 70,000 square feet will be made available at an adjacent facility in summer 2018. Thanks to new sports court flooring and systems purchased by the Visit Knoxville Sports Commission, this outstanding venue now plays host to a number of volleyball and basketball tournaments.

Allan Jones AquaticAllan Jones Aquatic Center

Sports: Swimming, diving

Located on the University of Tennessee, the Allan Jones Aquatic Center features a full size 50-meter competition pool as well as a separate competition diving well. The facility features a strength training center, sports medicine facility and a high-tech team room. This aquatic center includes permanent seating for 1,800 spectators and can accommodate up to 2,000 additional people.

Knoxville Civic Auditorium and ColiseumKnoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum

Sports: Multi-use, hockey

This multi-use facility offers seating for groups of up to 6,400 people with additional capacity in the civic auditorium featuring comfortable theatre style seating for more than 2,500. The floor space at the coliseum makes it ideal for exhibits, demonstrations as well as one sheet of ice for winter sports.

Thompson Boling Arena

Thompson Boling Arena

Sports: Basketball, volleyball

The third largest on-campus basketball arena in the country, Thompson-Boling Arena offers one of the biggest and brightest stages for your event. With seating over 20,000, Thompson-Boling Arena can play host to a variety of events.

How Do We Get There?

Knoxville is located at the intersection of I-75, I-40 and I-81 – within a day’s drive of nearly half the U.S. population.

McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) is located just 12 miles from downtown Knoxville offering 120 daily flights to more than 20 non-stop destinations including Chicago, Dallas, D.C., New York and Denver.