In Gatlinburg, Rocky Top Sports World Records $45.7 Million in Economic Impact | Sports Destination Management

In Gatlinburg, Rocky Top Sports World Records $45.7 Million in Economic Impact

Sep 24, 2018


Rocky Top Sports World continued to ‘Compete at a HIGHER Level’ by welcoming over 120,000 athletes and spectators in its fourth year of operation. The venue, managed by The Sports Facilities Management, was responsible for $45.7 million in economic impact for Gatlinburg and Sevier County in the 2017-18 fiscal year. This accounts for a $6.6 million (17 percent) increase over original projections. “Rocky Top Sports World has surpassed all expectations and is a vital part of Gatlinburg’s economic growth,” added Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner.

The facility hosted over 190 events on-site, including 61 multi-day events in both traditional and non-traditional sports. Rocky Top Sports World also held first-year tournaments produced by Junior Phenom Hoops, Girls Basketball Association, The Good Fight Martial Arts, and World Cube Association. “Anytime you can see an immediate impact to your business from a group, it makes good sense. Rocky Top Sports World was a great investment in our community and businesses will be reaping the benefits for many years to come. These participants come to play at Rocky Top, but many come back at another time to visit for vacation,” commented Greystone Lodge on the River General Manager and Rocky Top Sports World Sport Advisory Committee Member Jackie Leatherwood.

Notable year four achievements include being voted a ‘Reader’s Choice Award Winner for Best Indoor Venue’ by Sports Destination Management Magazine and Due North Media and a ‘Top Ten Southern Indoor Sport Facility’ by Sports Events Media Group. Rocky Top Sports World also was honored to be awarded the 2019 and 2020 hosting rights for the AAU 5th Grade Girls Basketball National Championships.

About The Sports Facilities Management and Rocky Top Sports World: The Sports Facilities Advisory and Sports Facilities Management (SFA/SFM) is the leading resource in sports facility planning and management. SFA/SFM has served a portfolio totaling more than $5 billion in planned and operational sports centers since its founding in 2003. For more information and a list of SFM-managed venues across the country, visit:

Rocky Top Sports World is an 80-acre indoor/outdoor sports complex located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains offering world-class hardwood courts and state-of-the-art turf fields. For more information on the venue, facility rentals, or event information, visit or call 865.325.0044.

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