Tennessee Amphitheater

HISTORY OF THE TENNESSEE AMPHITHEATER

 

The Tennessee Amphitheater was constructed during the 1982 World’s Fair and during that time, it was home to both country music and classical music concerts. The Sunsphere and the Tennessee Amphitheater are the only structures that remain from the 1982 World’s Fair. After the Fair’s close, the Amphitheater continued to be used for various activities until it was closed in 1998 for construction of the new Convention Center and renovation of the World’s Fair site. Once these projects were complete, the Amphitheater reopened briefly until it was closed again in 2002 due to structural problems.

 

However, in 2005, Mayor Bill Haslam announced that the Sunsphere and Tennessee Amphitheater would be renovated for public use. In 2007 he announced that they would be renovated without use of taxpayer’s money. Later that year, the Sunsphere’s Observation Deck reopened to the public free of charge and Mayor Haslam held his Inaugural Address, for his second term in office, in the Amphitheater. This was the first event to be held in the structure after being closed and empty for years.

 

Park Hours - 6:00 a.m. until midnight

PARK RULES

 

• No skateboarding

• Keep pets on leashes and curb your pet

• No littering

• No pets allowed in the fountain

• Vending, solicitation or use of alcoholic beverages without proper permits is prohibited

• Use of charcoal grills is prohibited

Glass containers are prohibited in the fountain area only

• Cleats/spikes are not allowed on the lawn

• No swimming or wading in the lake

• Vehicles are not allowed on the lawns/sidewalks without permission (865) 254-1534

PARKING

 

Eleventh Street, Clinch Avenue and World’s Fair Park Drive provide direct vehicular access to numerous parking areas:

 

Fort Kid Lot (78 spaces) -PLAYGROUND CURRENTLY CLOSED

WFP North Lot (100 car spaces and four bus spaces)

Blackstock Lot (364 spaces)

Locust Street Garage (642 spaces)

 

SECURITY

 

PARK PATROL: (865) 215-2246

 

The park is staffed by Park Patrol officers at all times. Emergency phones are located throughout the park. All visitors are subject to video monitoring while on these premises.

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