Rocky Top Sports World

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 to Host Gatlinburg All-American Bowl

Gatlinburg All-American Bowl 2020 Logo

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:

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.

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.

Gatlinburg All-American Bowl Flyer

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