Gatlinburg Sports Events

ROCKY TOP SPORTS WORLD TO HOST 2ND ANNUAL GATLINBURG ALL-AMERICAN BOWL

GATLINBURG, TN – Rocky Top Sports World is proud to announce the 2nd annual Gatlinburg All-American Bowl. This unique event, occurring on Dec. 16-18, is the premier post-season opportunity for private and home school football players from across the nation to showcase their skills.

In 2020, more than 120 athletes representing 8 states participated in the 3-day event. “We are excited to continue to provide a much-needed post-season celebration for the best athletes coming out of private and home schools. The top tier talent who participated in our inaugural event in 2020 set the bar and we are looking forward to exceeding that in 2021,” stated Jim Downs, general manager of Rocky Top Sports World.

Games will be played in both 8- and 11-man formats allowing athletes skilled in each scheme the opportunity to participate.

Participating players will be selected through a nomination process and vetted by a selection committee of qualified individuals in the private and home school football community.

Information about nominations, which will be accepted through Nov. 5, can be found at https://rockytopsportsworld.com/gatlinburg-all-american-bowl/.

About Rocky Top Sports World: Rocky Top Sports World is an 80-acre sports complex located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains offering seven outdoor fields and an 86,000 square foot indoor venue equipped with six basketball courts.

Rocky Top Sports World is a member of The SF Network, the nation’s largest and fastest growing network of sports facilities and is operated by the industry-leader in outsourced operations, Sports Facilities Companies.

For more information on our facility, visit www.rockytopsportsworld.com or call 865.325.0044.

About Gatlinburg: Gatlinburg attracts more than 11 million visitors a year and can grow to a population of 40,000-plus on any given night. Gatlinburg is one of America’s great mountain resort destinations, with accommodations of every kind, dozens of local and national restaurants and attractions galore- all nestled in the foothills and surrounded on three sides by the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Record Breaking Year in Economic Impact for Rocky Top Sports World

Rocky Top Sports World records $46.9 million in its 7th year of operation


GATLINBURG, TN – In its 7th year of operation, Rocky Top Sports World welcomed more than 135,700 athletes, spectators, families and friends to Gatlinburg. The award-winning complex contributed $46.9 million in economic impact during the 2020-2021 fiscal year. “Rocky Top Sports World has surpassed all the expectations since its campus opened in Gatlinburg in 2014. The leap into sports tourism has proven to be a vital factor in Gatlinburg’s economic growth over the past seven years,” Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner said.

The venue hosted more than 90 events on-site where 25 weekends involved both indoor and outdoor events taking place simultaneously. The venue more than doubled bookings on weekdays compared to last year, coming in at 21 total weekday events.

“The City of Gatlinburg is extremely pleased with the performance of Rocky Top Sports World since 2014,” Gatlinburg City Manager Cindy Cameron Ogle said. “The continued economic impact of the facility continues to fulfill the vision of what Gatlinburg and Sevier County thought Rocky Top Sports World would mean to our community. The City offers our thanks to the staff of Rocky Top Sports World for helping make the facility one of the nation’s most attractive venues for travel sports.”

Notable year seven achievements for Rocky Top Sports World include being selected as the All-Star Multipurpose Sports Venue and the All-Star Indoor Sports Venue by SportsEvents Media Group. The 2021 awards mark the fifth year the venue has earned Readers’ Choice awards.

Rocky Top Sports World hosted the inaugural Gatlinburg All-American Bowl in December of 2020 where more than 120 athletes from eight states participated. The venue also played host to the Kohl’s Kicking National Elite Camp and National Scholarship Camp which brought athletes from 45 states to the area. Kohl’s Kicking is slated to return to Rocky Top Sports World in July of 2021, 2022 and 2023.

For the upcoming 2021-2022 year, Rocky Top Sports World will play host to new tournaments and events such as the venue’s first adult kickball event, Turf Wars put on by Play Mars Sports.

The venue will also hold successful return events such as four weekend occurrences of the Smoky Mountain Cup hosted by High School Cup, which will showcase the largest number of participating teams to date. Other notable returning events include fifteen bookings with National Soccer Events and FC Alliance, whose events contributed to nearly $10 million of the 2020-2021 economic impact total.

“We are thrilled to see the recent economic impact report from Rocky Top Sports World. The facility has played an intricate part in our area’s recovery and record economic growth. We are proud to have this world-class facility in Sevier County,” commented Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters.

About Rocky Top Sports World

Rocky Top Sports World is an 80-acre sports complex located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains offering seven outdoor fields and an 86,000 square foot indoor venue equipped with six basketball courts. Rocky Top Sports World is a member of the SFM Network, the nation’s largest and fastest growing network of sports facilities and is operated by the industry-leader in outsourced operations, Sports Facilities Management.

For more information on our facility, visit www.rockytopsportsworld.com or call 865.325.0044.

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5 Reasons Our Campus is Perfect for Special Events in Gatlinburg

While we are known as the place to hold a sports tournament in the Smoky Mountains, you will be pleasantly surprised to know we can also host special events such as weddings, birthday parties, corporate meetings, and family reunions! After all, we have more than 50,000 square feet of indoor space at our Gatlinburg sports complex available for your use! Here are 5 reasons why our sports campus is perfect for hosting special events in Gatlinburg: Read More

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4 Reasons Teams Love When We Cater Their Sporting Event in Gatlinburg TN

One of the huge benefits of hosting a sports tournament at Rocky Top Sports World is that we offer our own catering services! This means that your team can enjoy a delicious and convenient meal without leaving our sports campus! There is no need to settle for an expensive meal in downtown Gatlinburg when you can take advantage of our affordable and tasty options! Here are the top 4 reasons why teams love when we cater their sporting event in Gatlinburg TN: Read More

Rocky Top Sports World to Host Gatlinburg All-American Bowl

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GATLINBURG, TN – Rocky Top Sports World is proud to announce the creation of the Gatlinburg All-American Bowl. This unique event, occurring on Dec. 17-19, is the premier post-season opportunity for private and home school football players from across the nation to showcase their skills.

“Our team created this event to provide a much-needed post-season celebration for the best athletes coming out of private and home schools each year. We are excited that Gatlinburg is home to this one-of-a-kind experience,” stated Jim Downs, General Manager of Rocky Top Sports World.

Games will be played in both 8- and 11-Man formats allowing athletes skilled in each scheme the opportunity to participate.

Players will be selected to attend through a nomination process and vetted by a selection committee of coaches and administrators in the private and home school football community.

Information about nominations, which are currently being accepted through Oct. 12, can be found at: https://rockytopsportsworld.com/gatlinburg-all-american-bowl/.

About Rocky Top Sports World: Rocky Top Sports World is an 80-acre sports complex located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains offering seven outdoor fields and an 86,000 square foot indoor venue equipped with six basketball courts. Rocky Top Sports World is a member of the SFM Network, the nation’s largest and fastest growing network of sports facilities and is operated by the industry-leader in outsourced operations, Sports Facilities Management.

For more information on our facility, visit www.rockytopsportsworld.com or call 865.325.0044.

About Gatlinburg: Gatlinburg attracts more than 11 million visitors each year and can grow to a population of 40,0000-plus on any given night. Gatlinburg is one of America’s great mountain resort destinations with accommodations of every kind, dozens of local and national restaurants and attractions galore – all nestled in the foothills and surrounded on three sides by the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains.

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Rocky Top Sports World Hosts Special Olympics Tennessee 2020 Winter Games

Rocky Top Sports World is known for hosting the largest, most prestigious sporting events in Tennessee and across the southeast. Each year, the sports complex welcomes thousands of athletes and their families to their destination for volleyball tournaments, cheer competitions, lacrosse championships and more. On January 27th, Rocky Top Sports World had the honor of hosting the basketball portion of the Special Olympics Tennessee 2020 Winter Games. This was the inaugural year basketball was offered as part of the Winter Games. Rocky Top Sports World joined the Ober Gatlinburg as a venue for the events where other events including speed skating, alpine skiing and snowboarding competitions are held.

“Being a part of the inaugural basketball skills competition for the 2020 State Winter Games was a great experience,” said the venue’s General Manager, Jim Downs. “Rocky Top Sports World is excited to grow our relationship with Special Olympics Tennessee. Our team is already looking forward to next year.”

Athletes competing had the opportunity to partake in a basketball skills competition as well as fun basketball drills. There was an award ceremony once the competition was completed. In total 50 athletes competed in the Winter Games basketball portion and more than 400 athletes competed in the Games.

The Winter Games also included Opening Ceremonies on Sunday, January 26th at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

Special Olympics Tennessee VP Marketing & Development, Amy W. Parker shared, “The excitement for our 2020 State Winter Games was enhanced by adding a basketball skills component. That component offers up an opportunity and a whole new world for some of the younger athletes who may not have the opportunity to compete in the traditional winter sports competitions. I cannot wait to see what we can do at Rocky Top Sports World in the future.”

To learn more about Rocky Top Sports World or to book an event with them, visit: https://rockytopsportsworld.com/

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Article Originally Posted by the SFM Network.

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Rocky Top Sports World Hosts World Cube Association

GATLINBURG, TN – Rocky Top Sports World, managed by Sports Facilities Management, hosted a World Cube Association competition for the 3rd year this past weekend, December 7-8th, 2019. The World Cube association governs competitions for mechanical puzzles such as the Rubik’s Cube.

This year’s event had 100 total competitors who journeyed from as far as China, India and Malaysia. The United States was well represented with competitors from California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin who aimed to showcase their skills.

The puzzle events included traditional cubes, ranging in size from 2x2x2 up to 7x7x7, as well as pyraminx, a triangular Rubik’s Cube, square-1, a shape-shifting 3-layered twisty puzzle and skewb, a corner-turning twisty puzzle. The competition also included a number of rounds with competitors blindfolded or tasked with utilizing just their feet to solve.

The World Cube Association will be hosting another competition at Rocky Top Sports World next year on December 5-6th, 2020. Results from this year’s competition, as well as more information on the World Cube Association, can be found by visiting https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/competitions/RockyTop2019.

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3 Things to Know About the World Cube Association Event in Gatlinburg TN

While Rocky Top Sports World is known for hosting some of the biggest sports tournaments in the country, we are also pleased to host other competitive events too! One of the most unique events, the World Cube Association competition, is coming up soon and we have all the details you need to participate in this exciting event! Here are 3 things you need to know about the World Cube Association Event in Gatlinburg TN: Read More