• Since 1982

    Since 1982

    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.

  • Leasing and Event Planning

    Leasing and Event Planning

    The Amphitheater is available for special events.

  • Ample Seating

    Ample Seating

    "82 feet in length and "56 feet in width. Seating for 1,000. Pefect for a concert venue

  • Power

    Power

    200-amp disconnect with 100-amps of total powering thirteen 110-volt outlets at back side of Stage and on each ramp

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.

The Amphitheater is available for special events.


Park Hours

6:00 a.m. until midnight

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.

Parking

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

  • Fort Kid Lot (78 spaces)
  • WFP North Lot (100 car spaces and four bus spaces)
  • Blackstock Lot (364 spaces)
  • Locust Street Garage (642 spaces)

Visit PBA Parking for More Information

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

Specifications

Stage Size
"82 feet in length and "56 feet in width
Capacity
Seating for 1,000
Commercial Rate
$300 per day*. Any event lasting over three days will receive a 25% reduction on the per day cost beginning on the fourth day
Non-Profit Rate (Must provide copy of charter)
$200 per day. Any event lasting over three days will receive a 25% reduction on the per day Cost beginning on the fourth day
Power
200-amp disconnect with 100-amps of total powering thirteen 110-volt outlets at back side of Stage and on each ramp; all 3-phase; all power sourced at the Stage
Backstage Phone Lines
Promoter/Lessee responsibility
Cable TV Lines
Promoter/Lessee responsibility
Equipment
Refer to section 3.1 of Lease
Ticket Booths
Promoter/Lessee responsibility
Backstage Access
Promoter/Lessee responsibility
Backstage Office Facilities
Adequate parking nearby
Restrooms – Security Building
Women's - 11 stalls including a handicapped stall. Men's - 2 stalls including one accessible, 7 urinals
Restrooms – Under Clinch Avenue Bridge
Women's - 12 stalls including a handicapped stall. Men's - 5 stalls including one accessible, 2 urinals
Portable Toilets
Provided by promoter/event Sponsor/lessee
Entrances
Open
Security
Promoter/Lessee responsibility
Permits
Standard permits required by City of Knoxville – see attached permit information
Seat Cleaning
Promoter/Lessee responsibility to clean seats; Park Custodial available to clean seats at $35 person per hour

* Any event lasting 3 hours or more, including move-in and move-out, is considered a full day.