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You have practiced as much as you could. The entry fees have been paid. You and your team have found the perfect lodging accommodation that meets your needs. Now, it is time to decide what you all need to pack for your upcoming fun and exciting Gatlinburg sports tournament. Because Rocky Top Sports World is located within a day’s drive of most of the country, you and your team won’t have to worry about airplane restrictions in terms of traveling. However, it will still be nice to have everything you need before the competition begins. That being said, here are our top suggestions of travel tips for a successful Gatlinburg sports tournament:

First kickball event at Gatlinburg venue since opening in 2014


GATLINBURG, TN – Rounding third base and heading towards home! Terminology pertaining to base running and pitch counts are not usually commonplace at Rocky Top Sports World in Gatlinburg, TN – except for the weekend of Sept. 25-26 when the 2021 Turf Wars adult kickball tournament operated by Play Mars Sports took place. This tournament marked the first kickball event held at the venue since its opening in 2014.

For your convenience, we offer two different dining options at our complex. Champs Grill and Courtside Cafe provide families and teams the ability to grab a quick bite to eat without having to leave the campus. Both places have a variety of different menu options that are equally delicious and budget friendly. Here are 3 reasons to take advantage of the on-site dining at our Gatlinburg sports complex:

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.

As kids are growing up, youth sports are great for many reasons. While the kids are out playing sports with their friends, they are also benefiting from it in many ways. Many kids take the friendships and life lessons they learn while playing youth sports with them throughout their entire life. There are a few extra benefits of youth sports that you may have never even thought about. Here are 5 secret benefits of youth sports:

The Smoky Mountains are a popular destination at any time of year, but the spring season is one of the most delightful times of year to enjoy the great outdoors! Whether you are attending one of our sports tournaments or planning a vacation to the Smokies this spring, you will discover what makes this time of year so special! Here are the top 4 reasons why you will love spring in the Smoky Mountains:

If you are a big fan of our Tennessee sports campus, you will be delighted to know that we have our very own free app with mountains of information! This is the perfect way to stay updated with all of the exciting tournaments and events coming up, as well as to obtain maps of our venues, get discounts to local businesses and even order concessions online! Here are the top 4 reasons to get the free app for our Tennessee sports campus:

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.

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