Nestled in the heart of the world-renowned Great Smoky Mountains, Rocky Top Sports World (RTSW) is a prime destination for youth sports in the southeast region. Our complex features seven outdoor synthetic turf fields, a 1,500-seat championship field, and an 86,000-square-foot indoor venue equipped with six basketball courts. With team rooms, dedicated event planner workspaces and on-site gastronomies like Champ’s Grill and Courtside Cafe, our facility offers an unparalleled, all-encompassing experience.
Located in charming Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Rocky Top Sports World is a gateway to a world punctuated by a rich fusion of music, history and culture. Our area’s recreational, scenic and natural resources offer athletes and families a truly immersive, deeply enriching experience. Engaging in the endless tourist attractions and memorable experiences will keep you coming back year after year, from visiting Dollywood to exploring our National Parks. RTSW’s prime location and high-quality amenities create a thrilling atmosphere, drawing thousands of visitors year-round.
In the 2022-23 fiscal year, Rocky Top Sports World demonstrated remarkable growth, with a record-breaking contribution of $76.3 million in economic impact. Welcoming more than 140,000 athletes, coaches and families, the venue continued to underscore its significance amidst the myriad of tourist attractions and beautiful scenery in Gatlinburg, drawing nationwide visitors.
Beyond the sports complex, visiting the city of Gatlinburg will help create a lifetime of memories for friends and family. If you’re a hiker, the spectacular Smoky Mountains offer hundreds of miles of breathtaking trails with countless scenic views. The Smoky Mountains never disappoint and will keep you coming back year after year.
If you’re hungry after a long hike, the city presents an eclectic choice of dining experiences, from classic pizza places to high-end steakhouses, coveted barbeque spots and renowned seafood joints. Gatlinburg is home to hundreds of different restaurants, diners and shops. The entire family can enjoy a great-tasting meal and explore world-class tourist attractions. You can even cap the night off with ice from one of our many ice cream shoppes.
While there are many diverse options for food, the same can be said for where to stay. You can choose from staying downtown, a quaint Airbnb in the mountains or even pitch a tent. There are nearly 100 hotels, resorts and lodging options for any budget or preference. You have the benefit of waking up in the beautiful Smoky Mountains and enjoying the shops and the hustle of downtown Gatlinburg all in one trip.
After wrapping up a week-long tournament, a visit to Dollywood will create lifelong memories. The park, owned by country music icon Dolly Parton, recently won a Golden Ticket award for Best Theme Park for 2023. Daring rides like Big Bear Mountain and tasty delights such as the globally revered cinnamon bread with buttercream icing or Dollywood's iconic apple butter make this a not-to-be-missed attraction.
Ultimately, a trip to Gatlinburg offers an unforgettable journey, merging world-class sports facilities, a rich dining landscape, the beauty of nature and thrilling tourist sites. The city has many things to do and draws visitors from all over the world. A visit to Rocky Top Sports World will give you more than an experience at one of the premier sports facilities in the nation.
Set against the awe-inspiring canvas of the Great Smoky Mountains, this destination is an indispensable gem for event organizers and tourists alike, beckoning repeated visits and creating lifelong memories. A visit to the Great Smoky Mountains is a must-do!