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.
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Park Hours: 6:00 am until midnight

Fountain Hours: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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


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.


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

WFP North Lot (100 car spaces and four bus spaces)
Blackstock Lot (364 spaces)
Locust Street Garage (642 spaces)
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Stage Size
"82 feet in length and "56 feet in width

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

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

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


Promoter/Lessee responsibility

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.
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