Customer Spotlight: Rocky Top Sports World in Gatlinburg, TN
Since opening their doors in July of 2014, Rocky Top Sports World in Gatlinburg, TN has risen up the ranks as one of the preeminent multi-sports facilities in the country, and was even voted one of the Top 10 Multi-Use Sports Facilities by SportsEvents Magazine last year. Pse has been the official housing partner of this wonderful facility since June 2015, and in that time, we have been able to experience first-hand what an amazing impact they have had not just on the tournament industry but on their community as a whole – which is exactly why we have chosen them to be this month’s “customer spotlight!”
So what makes Rocky Top Sports World so unique? As a joint venture between the city of Gatlinburg and Sevier County, the facility has exceeded its projections for economic impact every year, and in the past year alone, had a $45.7 million impact on the County. In addition to being a great source of revenue for the area through its role as a destination for teams and tournaments from all over the country, it has also served as a wonderful community resource for its residents. As a publicly funded facility, any community group or school is able to use the facility free of charge on scheduled days of the week, and the grounds are also home to the Gatlinburg Community Center & a public library. And during the Gatlinburg wildfires of 2016, they even served as a community relief shelter for residents.
In the past year, the 80 acre state of the art complex has hosted over 190 events on-site, including 61 multi-day events in both traditional and non-traditional sports, many of which come back annually to enjoy the use of their versatile space, which includes 6 synthetic turf fields, 1 natural surface field, and a championship field complete with press box and seating for 1,500. Additionally, they are home to an 86,000 sq. ft. indoor multi-sport and events center, including 6 basketball courts (plus 4 more on site), 12 volleyball courts (plus 5 more on site), and an indoor / outdoor grill area. With the availability of these many venues, Rocky Top plays host to everything from basketball, lacrosse, football, soccer, wrestling, and even martial arts, among other special events like banquets, corporate events and birthday parties.
In addition to the great economic and social impact that the facility has had on the immediate community, Haley Fugate, Marketing & Sponsorship Manager at Rocky Top Sports World, says that one of the most rewarding parts of her job has been “being able to watch the same parents and kids come back to events being held here year after year and seeing them grow – not just older, but watching their leadership skills expand and grow – it makes the job all worthwhile.”
For all of these reasons and many more, Pse is proud to be the official housing provider for this wonderful facility and the role we have been able to play in its success as well. “Without lodging,” said Fugate, “we could not exist. We don’t have the manpower to do what Pse does. Gatlinburg is notoriously busy in the fall & summer months, so if we can promise event owners that they have pre-set room blocks, they are more willing to host their events here and we are able to book more when people are guaranteed a place to stay.”
If you would like to learn more about hosting your event at Rocky Top Sports World, you can contact Andrew Capps, Rocky Top Sports World Business Development Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or, if you would like to learn more about the housing services Pse provides to facilities and tournaments like the ones held at RTSW, please fill out the contact form below and we will be happy to assist!