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5 Tips for Planning a Gatlinburg Sports Event

Rocky Top Sports World is Gatlinburg’s premier facility for hosting tournaments and other sporting events for those who live in or are visiting the Smoky Mountain region. We would be delighted to host your next Gatlinburg sports event! Here are 5 tips for planning an event with us:

1. Select a Location, Date, and Time

Rocky Top Sports World is the ideal location for your event regardless of the time of year. Our 80 acre indoor/outdoor sports center is an event organizer’s dream with 7 outdoor fields and an 86,000 square foot indoor facility with 6 basketball courts, 12 volleyball courts, team rooms, and referee locker rooms. Once you have decided on Rocky Top Sports World as your sporting event destination, secure your specific dates and times in advance with our friendly staff.

2. Determine How Many Teams Will Be in Your Sporting Event

When planning your sporting event or tournament, specify how many teams will compete. The simplest way to set up your event is to have a single elimination format so that the event will move rather quickly. This is especially true when only one game can be played at a time if there is just one playing field or court available. However, Rocky Top Sports World has the advantage of having multiple fields and courts where you can create virtually any format that you desire. Once you have decided on the number of teams, we can allocate the appropriate facilities for your event.

3. Calculate the Cost of Your Sporting EventYoung men playing basketball in Gatlinburg.

When planning a sporting event, it is important to calculate the overall costs to determine the tournament entry fee. The staff at Rocky Top Sports World will work with you to help calculate the cost of your event based on the facilities that you require for your event. Other costs to consider are those for advertising, uniforms, referees, prizes, food, and drinks. In addition, sporting events that take place to raise money for charities might include a donation amount in the entry fee.

4. Advertising Your Sporting Event

In order to promote and generate interest for your sporting event, advertise the event with specific information such as the date, time, entry fee, age group, and team size. Refer individuals to a phone number or email address where they can register for the event and find out any necessary information. In addition to your own advertising, Rocky Top Sports World will include your sporting event in the Tournaments & Camps section of our website.

Football game in Gatlinburg.5. Arrange Accommodations

When planning a sports event at Rocky Top Sports World, it is important to secure hotel accommodations if your team is traveling to the area. Fortunately, our facility is just 10 minutes from scenic downtown Gatlinburg, home to a wide variety of excellent lodging options ranging from hotels and bed and breakfasts, to cabins and campgrounds. Rocky Top Sports World partners with many local properties to provide discounted rates for your sports event, and our professional staff will ensure that every aspect of your event is handled with the utmost level of service. Visit our Lodging page to find a great selection of places to stay close to Rocky Top Sports World.

Give us a call today to start planning your Gatlinburg sports event!

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