Gatlinburg targeting sports tourism with new complex

1:27 PM, Apr 9, 2013   |    comments
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Next summer, Sevier County will be home to a brand new sports complex.

Rocky Top Sports World is currently under construction in Gatlinburg.   It will open next June, and will be home to 80 acres of sports fields for a host of tournaments.

When complete it will have seven state-of-the-art synthetic turf fields, six basketball and twelve volleyball courts, plus several championship fields and courts.

Tuesday morning, leaders from Sevier County and the City of Gatlinburg came together to announce the project and talk about long term economic goals.

Within the first five years of being open, the total economic impact on the area is expected to be $100 million dollars, with more than 400,000 visitors.

Gatlinburg is excited about the added bonus of sports tourism.

"It's the only industry that actually grew during the recession, so when we began to learn and realize this, we knew it was an opportunity for us to bring in new folks to the area and again not just about Gatlinburg, but the whole of the county," said Cindy Cameron Ogle, the Gatlinburg City Manager

The target date for the grand opening is in June 2014.

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