Rocky Top Sports World

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 or call 865.325.0044.

Rocky Top Sports World Earns 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards

GATLINBURG, TN – Rocky Top Sports World has received honors in two of the SportsEvents Media Group’s 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards categories. The 2021 awards mark the fifth year the Gatlinburg, Tennessee sports complex has earned Readers’ Choice awards.

“The City of Gatlinburg is pleased to hear of these two distinctions awarded to Rocky Top Sports World and we offer our congratulations to their staff on these well-deserved honors to make the facility nationally recognized. Gatlinburg and Sevier County’s commitment and vision to make Rocky Top Sports World a reality continues to pay dividends nearly a decade later,” said Gatlinburg City Manager Cindy Cameron Ogle.

Each year, the Readers’ Choice Awards recognize the excellence in events, planners, venues and destinations across the sport tourism industry. SportsEvents Media Group received hundreds of nominees and nearly 4,000 votes across all categories. Rocky Top Sports World was voted first place in the All-Star Multipurpose Sports Venue category and voted second place in the All-Star Sports Venue category.

“Rocky Top Sports World has surpassed all the expectations and is a vital part of Gatlinburg’s economic growth. I am pleased to see that Rocky Top Sports World has been recognized as one of the leaders in the sports tourism industry,” said Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner.

Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters stated, “Rocky Top Sports World’s selection in the 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards is a welcomed recognition by our thousands of visitors that we are a top destination for sports teams and tournaments. Sevier County and Gatlinburg are blessed to have this world-class facility right here at home and look forward to welcoming visitors back again and again in the years to come.”

To see the full list of 2021 Readers’ Choice Award winners, visit

Rocky Top Sports World Partners With Team Travel Source

GATLINBURG, TN – Rocky Top Sports World in Gatlinburg, Tennessee is proud to partner with Team Travel Source as the Official Housing Company for events hosted at the facility through June 1, 2023. Rocky Top Sports World will work with Team Travel Source to provide housing solutions for all events hosted at Rocky Top Sports World.

Team Travel Source offers sports tournament organizers, team managers and event planners of all types an innovative service that provides hotel accommodations for all teams or individuals attending competitions or events. Co-owners Serena Andrews Higdon and April LaFramboise have a combined 40 years of planning experience in a wide variety of sporting events and industries.

“Rocky Top Sports World is eager to begin our relationship with Team Travel Source,” Rocky Top Sports World General Manager, Jim Downs, said. “We are confident that this partnership will grow and exceed expectations of not only our guests but also our event organizers and local partners.”

“We are beyond excited to be the new housing partner for Rocky Top Sports World! At Team Travel Source, we focus on providing amazing customer service and exceeding the expectations of our partners, teams, hotels, event attendees, and CVBs and Sports Commissions,” Andrews Higdon said. LaFramboise added, “We pride ourselves on having an energetic, ethical, hard-working and customer focused staff whose main priority is to proactively and effectively communicate with everyone involved to make sure 100 percent of their housing needs are taken care of. We are honored and humbled to have been chosen as the new housing company for Rocky Top Sports World as they have been on our radar for many years, and we look forward to working with everyone associated with this wonderful organization!”

About Team Travel Source

Team Travel Source is an innovative sports-focused housing company that prides itself on exceeding customer expectations. Team Travel source handles the housing component for hundreds of youth sporting events across the United States each year with a large emphasis on volleyball, lacrosse, baseball and cheerleading. Team Travel Source was founded in 2012 by two former event producers, April LaFramboise and Serena Andrews Higdon. Due to their overall commitment to customer service, Team Travel Source has effectively doubled their business each year and continues to set the standard for third party housing services. Team Travel Source has several offices around the US, including Louisville, Baltimore, Dallas and Knoxville. For more information, please visit or contact Team Travel Source at [email protected].