Sevierville, Tenn. –Local, regional and national sporting events are flocking to the new Wilderness at the Smokies resort in Sevierville, Tenn. Within a one-day drive for 75 percent of the Eastern U.S. population, Wilderness at the Smokies resort provides a perfect location for sporting events large and small and is quickly becoming a favorite of sporting event organizers.
Wilderness at the Smokies has hosted major national youth sporting events including gymnastics competitions, cheerleading competitions, basketball, karate, volleyball, BMX Biking and power tumbling. The most recent (and one of the largest) was the Smoky Mountain Gymnastics Vacation Classic which took place over a four-day period. There were nearly 7,000 people at the Smoky Mountain Gymnastics Vacation Classic.
To assist with the setup for sporting events, Wilderness at the Smokies has its own sports court flooring and can provide up to 20 volleyball courts and nets or, if the sport is basketball, five sets of basketball hoops.
Attached to the 200,000 square-foot Sevierville Event Center, Wilderness at the Smokies offers 234 mountain modern guest rooms and 472 multi-room suites in addition to condominiums and a Wyndham Vacation Resort on the Wilderness property.
Wilderness resort works regularly with large youth groups (church groups, athletic groups, youth conferences and conventions). With restaurants, gift shops, convenience stores, game rooms, mini-golf, lounges, a deli, two outdoor waterparks and a five-acre indoor waterpark, it isn’t necessary to leave the 700-acre resort. Coaches, athletes and spectators can even get to/from the event center without ever going outside – making Wilderness at the Smokies one of the Southeast’s only year-round destinations for sporting events.
The president of NetLynx, Doug Janeska, who organized the Smoky Mountain Gymnastics Vacation Classic, said, “My company has organized over 40 major competitive events across the country over the past 25 years. One of the biggest events we’ve ever had was the Smoky Mountain Vacation Gymnastics Classic at Wilderness at the Smokies resort.
“Our four-day event at Wilderness at the Smokies had over 900 competitors and was attended by more than 6,000 parents, coaches, spectators and judges. Wilderness at the Smokies resort was wonderful to work with. They absolutely bent over backwards to partner with us and make our event a success. I will definitely be going back to Wilderness at the Smokies for more athletic events in the future.”
While staying at Wilderness at the Smokies resort, guests can swim, surf and splash in the waves in 84-degree weather all year because of the five-acre indoor waterpark. Also, Wilderness at the Smokies has countless meeting rooms where teams and athletes can meet with coaches to prepare, go over strategy and review results before, during and after competitions.
When sports groups of any type are staying at Wilderness at the Smokies, the resort will arrange anything the group organizers request – including transportation to and from other locations for athletics, shopping or to take in the local attractions. Wilderness at the Smokies also partners with many of the local attractions like the new Titanic Museum Attraction, the Ripley’s Aquarium, Dixie Stampede, WonderWorks, Tanger Outlet Mall and other popular destinations to provide value pricing for athletes and their guests
Wilderness at the Smokies packages rooms and meeting space as well as services (transportation, A/V equipment, etc.) to create a cost-effective overall approach for sporting event planners and organizers. Because Wilderness at the Smokies is so large and has so many events, organizers benefit from the volume of work Wilderness does with local suppliers and subcontractors that support large conferences, conventions and athletic events. Since guests at Wilderness at the Smokies never have to leave the resort, and transportation around the property is completely free for its guests, they can park their cars at Wilderness (free of charge) and not get in them again until it’s time to leave. Everything a guest could want in terms of family fun and R&R is available on the property.
Wilderness at the Smokies, located minutes from Interstate 40 and situated in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, is establishing a new standard for athletic competitions, conferences, conventions and meetings in East Tennessee. With two 18-hole golf courses, two outdoor waterparks, an indoor waterpark with a wave pool and surf rider, hot tubs, and countless waterslides and attractions, Wilderness at the Smokies has something for all age groups. For more information about Wilderness at the Smokies, visit www.WildernessAtTheSmokies.com.