Category Archives: Our Gatlinburg Sports Complex

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.

Rocky Top Sports World Honored as a 2019 Champion of Economic Impact

GATLINBURG, TN – Rocky Top Sports World and the Smoky Mountain Cup have been named one of Sports Destination Management’s 2019 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism. Rocky Top Sports World chose to nominate Smoky Mountain Cup for this award due to their growing impact each year since 2014 when the event began. In 2019, the Smoky Mountain Cup provided $7.6 million in economic impact for the city of Gatlinburg and Sevier County across its four event dates.

Zach Schrandt and Van Harper, the event owners for Smoky Mountain Cup, have continued to develop their high school based soccer tournaments. The event expanded from three dates in 2018 to four dates in 2019.

“As Sevier County natives, we are exceptionally proud that we have been able to build one of the nation’s premier high school soccer tournament series. Our tournaments generate a significant amount of revenue for local businesses and our soccer community. Since 2014, we have hosted over 350 schools from 16 states, attracting multiple first-time visitors to Gatlinburg and the surrounding area,” commented Smoky Mountain Cup co-founder Schrandt.

The Smoky Mountain Cup dates for 2020 include March 19-22, March 26-29, August 20-23, and August 27-30.

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

About SFA/SFM: Sports Facilities Management, LLC (SFM) and Sports Facilities Advisory, LLC (SFA) are headquartered in Clearwater, Florida. SFA has produced more than $10 Billion in institutional-grade financial forecasts for youth and amateur sports complexes. SFM provides industry-leading, results-driven management solutions for sports, fitness, recreation and event venues nationwide. For more information, visit: www.sportadvisory.com.

Rocky Top Sports World and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Ways to Prepare for Your First Sports Tournament in the Smoky Mountains

If you’ve never been to a tournament in the Smoky Mountains, it can be stressful figuring out what to pack, where to stay, and how to prepare for the tournament itself. That’s why we’re here to help! Our Smoky Mountain sports complex is the host of plenty of tournaments and events throughout the year, and we know all the best ways for you to prepare. Find out the top ways to prepare for your first sports tournament in the Smoky Mountains: Read More

Rocky Top Sports World and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Rocky Top Sports World Brought $45.7 Million to Sevier County in Fourth Year

We are excited to report that Rocky Top Sports World recently closed the books on its biggest year yet! In the 2017-18 fiscal year, our athletic complex delivered a $45.7 million economic impact to Sevier County, TN. For the fourth consecutive year, Rocky Top Sports World has generated even more money than projected, topping the previous fiscal year by more than $10 million. Read More

Aerial view of the fields at Rocky Top Sports World.

5 Amenities That Make Rocky Top Sports World the Ultimate Tournament Destination

Attracting over 42,000 athletes each year, Rocky Top Sports World is one of the most popular tournament destinations in the United States! Since opening its doors in 2014, our 80-acre athletic complex has established itself as an industry leader with its superior amenities and friendly staff members. In 2017, the readers of SportsEvents Magazine voted Rocky Top Sports World one of the nation’s Top 10 Multi-Use Sports Facilities. To help you plan your next tournament, we have put together a handy guide to five features that set Rocky Top Sports World apart from the rest. Read More

An outdoor field at Rocky Top Sports World with beautiful mountain views.

Rocky Top Sports World Generates $35.4 Million Economic Impact in Third Year

When Rocky Top Sports World opened its $20 million athletic complex in 2014, it was a big investment for the city of Gatlinburg and Sevier County, TN. Our 80-acre campus was funded as a joint venture by the city and the county. Now that Rocky Top Sports World has closed the books on its third year, we are pleased to report that the area’s investment in our sports complex continues to pay major dividends. Read More

Coach Phillip Fulmer working with kids at his football camp at Rocky Top Sports World.

4 Things to Look For When Selecting a Youth Sports Camp

Attending a youth sports camp is a great way for young athletes to sharpen their skills outside of their school or travel team. The best camps offer invaluable instruction from accomplished athletes and coaches that you won’t find anywhere else. However, not all of the camps out there are worth your money. To help you select the right camp for your child, be sure to look for these four things as you do your research: Read More

A young woman throwing a frisbee in a field.

5 Unorthodox Sports Tournament Ideas You Could Organize at Rocky Top Sports World

Here at Rocky Top Sports World, we can accommodate virtually any type of sports event. With seven outdoor fields, an 86,000 square ft indoor complex, team rooms, referee locker rooms, and plenty of bleacher seating, our campus in Gatlinburg, TN has everything you need for an incredible tournament.

While soccer, football, basketball, and volleyball tournaments are most common at Rocky Top, we are definitely not limited to these sports! In fact, we love to host tournaments for sports that don’t always get the same attention as their mainstream counterparts. To help spark your imagination, we have put together a list of five unorthodox sports tournaments that you could organize at Rocky Top Sports World: Read More

A beautiful field at Rocky Top Sports World.

Rocky Top Sports World Exceeds Expectations with $27.5 Million Economic Impact in Second Year

At Rocky Top Sports World’s grand opening in September 2014, our ambassador Coach Phillip Fulmer told the crowd, “This was a great vision by a lot of people to come together and this will not only impact the lives of a lot of young people around the country, but the lives here economically.” Coach Fulmer could not have been more correct. Data from Rocky Top Sports World’s second year shows that our sports complex has had a profound economic impact on Sevier County.

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