In sports terms, it is considered a slam dunk. For Sevier County, the success of Rocky Top Sports World is measured in economic impact. After recording a $17.5 million economic impact in the first year of operation, the facility continued to over-deliver in 2015-16. The award winning complex surpassed targets by 83% recording a $27.5 million economic impact. Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner stated, “It’s amazing to see the amount of positive change that Rocky Top has brought to the city.” Visitors at the facility, ranging from all ages and locations, have the once in a lifetime opportunity to experience a world-class sporting venue in addition to the splendor of the Great Smoky Mountains.
The venue also exceeded event forecasts by 51% in hosting a record 53 multi-sport, multi-day events. “The continued support from the community, along with the leaders of the City of Gatlinburg and Sevier County, has led Rocky Top Sports World to another successful year,” said Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters.
Notable year two achievements include being named a ‘Top Nine Facility’ by Sports Planning Guide and a ‘Top Ten Recently Opened Facility to Watch’ by Connect Sports and Collinson Media. Rocky Top Sports World also aided in doubling team attendance in the ‘Queen of the Mountain’ Volleyball Tournament in February 2016 and hosted the inaugural Phillip Fulmer Hall of Fame Football Camp. “The City of Gatlinburg is extremely pleased with Rocky Top’s performance over the past two years. The significant growth in year two confirms, yet again, that this was the right choice for Gatlinburg and Sevier County”, added Gatlinburg City Manager Cindy Cameron Ogle.
Rocky Top Sports World will continue to grow in 2016-17 with the addition of exciting new events including “Battle in Smokies” by National Exposure Basketball and “Smoky Mountain Showdown” by Top of the Bay Lacrosse.
The venue is managed by The Sports Facility Management (SFM). Founder and CEO Dev Pathik said, “Rocky Top is a great example of public officials working collaboratively to bring a vision to life. It’s a pleasure to serve Sevier County and The City of Gatlinburg.”
Rocky Top Sports World also offers and hosts birthday parties, corporate functions, and sports banquets. For more information on the venue, facility rentals, or event information, visit www.RockyTopSportsWorld.com or call 865.325.0044.