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Sports Venues Across Tennessee
Whether you want to watch some college football or catch a baseball game, you’ll find several sports destinations across Tennessee to be a spectator. From the FedEx Forum to the Nissan Stadium, plan on spending a day at the field for some nonstop fun and excitement.
Also known as Sommet Center, Gaylord Entertainment Center, and Nashville Arena, the Bridgestone Arena is a multi-purpose facility located in downtown Nashville. Built in 1996, the distinct architecture of the Bridgestone Arena makes it an icon of central Nashville.
Nicknamed the Stone, the Bridge, and the Tire Barn, Bridgestone is a multi-surface complex ideal for hockey, basketball, concerts, and more. The Bridge can even be transformed into the 5,145-seat Music City Theater for more intimate arts performances.
Bristol Motor Speedway
Home to fifty years of NASCAR, Bristol Motor Speedway is an iconic track in racing history. Recently named “The Best Place to Watch a Race” by Bleacher Report, Bristol continues to live up to its legend. Fans are able to put themselves in the action from the bleachers at both the speedway and the dragway to watch a variety of races in the cty of Bristol in northeastern Tennessee.
In addition to watching the pros race, Bristol offers both driving and racing schools such as the Petty Driving Experience – for those who want to learn the tricks. When NASCAR isn’t burning up the track, the complex is available to rent, and is open to corporate events.
With all of the success experienced at this famed raceway, Bristol participates in giving back to the community supporting it through Speedway Children’s Charities. Visitors to Bristol and Johnson City have to check out the track.
Bush Stadium at Averitt Express Baseball Complex
Sports fans who visit Tennessee are often greeted with chances to see exciting NFL action in Nashville, home of the Tennessee Titans, and out in Memphis, there's plenty to see with the University of Memphis Tigers sports events. In Cookeville, however, you'll no doubt want to catch a Tennessee Tech University baseball game.
You can see the TTU Golden Eagles play baseball from March through the end of May at Bush Stadium at Averitt Express Baseball Complex. Renovated in 1997, Bush Stadium seats 1,100 fans, features a natural grass playing surface, and can be found on the western section of the TTU campus.
Because its full name is such a mouthful – Winfield Dunn Health and Physical Education Building and Convocation Complex – many in Clarksville prefer to refer to it as the Dunn Center. This building, found on the campus at Austin Peay State University, is a multi-purpose venue, seating 7,257.
Opened in 1975, the Dunn Center is home to the Austin Peay State University men's and women's basketball teams. The Dunn Center features a real hardwood playing surface for basketball games, and many in the area also know it by yet another nickname – "The House That Fly Built."
Of the many eclectic and impressive destinations you'll have to see in middle Tennessee, one truly sticks out. It may not feature the music-history many top attractions in the state have, but the Eblen Center on the campus of Tennessee Tech University is a can't-miss, especially for college basketball fans.
Head for 12th Street and Willow Avenue on the campus of TTU, and there you will find this impressive multi-use venue. Seating 9,280 fans for TTU Golden Eagles basketball and volleyball games, Eblen Center was opened in 1977. It is named in honor of former professor and coach Hooper Eblen.
E.S. Rose Park
Nashville, known to many for its iconic and legendary music history, is an exceptional place to visit at any time of the year. During your next stay, be sure to check out E.S. Rose Park. While many will tell you to visit any number of the nearby attractions, E.S. Rose Park is an enormous sports park you just have to see.
With fields and areas designated for soccer, softball, baseball, and track & field, E.S. Rose Park is the ideal place to host all of the Belmont University Bruins sports events – at least for baseball, softball, men's and women's soccer, and track. The baseball field at E.S. Rose seats 750 fans. Come on out and cheer on the Bruins during your next stay in Nashville.
Known locally as "The Grindhouse," the FedEx Forum in downtown Memphis has been the home hard-wood for the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies since 2004. The arena's interior is designed to pay homage to Memphis' musical history with murals and paintings located throughout the concourse.
Not only is the arena the proud home to an NBA franchise, but it also hosts a wide variety of annual events in western Tennessee. Some of which include large concerts and musicals, professional bull riding, NCAA men and women's tournament games, and Ultimate Fighting Championship events as well.
Treat the whole family to an afternoon of homeruns, double plays, and drag bunt singles the next time you visit Memphis. Plan a trip to western Tennessee and check out FedExPark, home to the University of Memphis Tigers baseball team. Found within the UM Park Avenue Campus, FedExPark is an impressive college baseball venue.
FedExPark was opened in 1972 under its original name, Nat Buring Stadium. In 2010 it was officially renamed FedExPark. This fan-friendly and impressive venue seats 2,000 fans. The Memphis Tigers baseball season runs from mid-February to mid-May of each year.
Few destinations in eastern Tennessee will be as fun for the whole family as a visit to Finley Stadium – home of the UT-Chattanooga football team. Travel to the eastern region of the state and check out Chattanooga – filled with charm, friendly people, and must-see attractions, Chattanooga rarely disappoints.
Finley Stadium is found just south of the UT-Chattanooga campus, right along Chestnut Street and 19th Street. Finley Stadium opened in 1996, seats 20,668, and features an AstroTurf Gameday Grass surface. Finley Stadium is also home of the UTC soccer teams, and Chattanooga FC, a local semi-pro soccer club.
Freedom Hall Civic Center
Plan your next visit to Tennessee and head for the eastern region. Once there, be sure to check out the always charming Johnson City. One of the eastern most cities in the state, and found just outside of the Cherokee National Forest, Johnson City is home to the Freedom Hall Civic Center.
Seating 8,500 spectators, the Freedom Hall Civic Center is a multi-use venue, having hosted the popular Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus before, and all of the home basketball games for East Tennessee State University. Opened in 1974, Freedom Hall Civic Center also hosts Science Hill High School basketball games.
You'll find a wide range of excellent attractions and must-try activities during your next stay in Clarksville. Plan a visit to this middle Tennessee bright spot for the fall and enjoy an exciting college football game at Governors Stadium – home of the Austin Peay State University football team.
The original Governors Stadium was opened in 1946, but was refurbished in 2014. It seats 10,000 Austin Peay State football fans, and features an artificial playing surface made up of FieldTurf XT. It has been known as Governors Stadium since 1993, but was originally named Municipal Stadium.
Great Smoky Mountains Expo Center
Check out the Great Smoky Mountains Expo Center on your next visit northeastern Tennessee. Found in White Pine, a charming and quaint town east of Knoxville, the Great Smoky Mountains Expo Center is part of the Walters State Community College campus.
Opened in 1996, the GSM Expo Center hosts a variety of events throughout the year, like stock shows, graduations, and even BMX tournaments.
At the GSM Expo Center, you'll find the Pavilion, a 98,000-square-foot area with seating for 3,900 people, and the Show Ring. There's also the Ray & Barbara Bible Equestrian Complex, which houses 408 horse stalls and a 22,000 square foot warm-up ring.
If you're in town just passing through, or if you're a fan of the equestrian arts, check out the Great Smoky Mountains Expo Center in White Pine.
There are few better ways to experience a full day of fun in Nashville than with a day out at the ballpark. Head for Hawkins Field, home of the Vanderbilt University Commodores baseball team. You can find Hawkins Field on the Vanderbilt campus, adjacent to the Vanderbilt Stadium and Vanderbilt University Memorial Gymnasium.
Opened in 2002, Hawkins Field seats 3,700 fans come game day. This impressive baseball venue was named after Charles Hawkins III, a Vanderbilt University benefactor. The Vanderbilt Commodores baseball team kicks off their season each year in February, and they play through May.
Johnny Red Floyd Stadium
Most trips into Tennessee are filled with a whole host of impressive attractions, must-visit music-themed sites, and plenty of down south charm. The next time you plan a visit to the Volunteer State, be sure to include some time spent in Murfreesboro, home of the Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium.
This impressive and popular stadium is home to the Middle Tennessee State University football team. It was built in 1933, and features a seating capacity of 30,788 – it's named in honor of former MTSU football head coach Johnny "Red" Floyd in 1979. Prior to that, it was known as Horace Jones Field.
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Plan your next visit to Tennessee. The Volunteer State is home to a wide variety of top attractions and must-visit sites. Out in western Tennessee, be sure to set up shop in Memphis, home of the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. While Memphis certainly has much to offer, a day spent at this impressive football stadium is sure to be a thrill.
Visit Memphis during the late summer and into fall for exciting college football action. The Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium is home field of the University of Memphis Tigers football team. From late August through early December of each year, the Tigers are in action. This stadium is also home to the annual Liberty Bowl football game.
Lindsey Nelson Stadium
The state of Tennessee is known for it's wide-reaching array of attractions. From the early American history to the legendary music-themed sites, you'll rarely ever be without something exciting to do. You can keep that trend alive during your next stay in Knoxville – head for Lindsey Nelson Stadium to watch the UT Volunteers play baseball.
Found on the souther ridge of the University of Tennessee campus, the Lindsey Nelson Stadium is a 4,283-seat baseball stadium – though locals will have you know the record attendance was 5,086. The Lindsey Nelson Stadium opened in 1993, and was renovated in 2010. It's named in honor of broadcasting legend and UT alum Lindsey Nelson.
You'll have a wide range of attractions and activities to check out during a visit to Chattanooga. Plan your next trip into eastern Tennessee and visit this premier city – once there, make sure you explore McKenzie Arena. Home to the UT-Chattanooga women's and men's basketball teams, you'll have a blast watching college hoops.
Also known to many as The Roadhouse, McKenzie Arena opened in 1982, seats 10,928 fans, and can be found on the UTC campus, just inland from the Tennessee River. The UTC Mocs and Lady Mocs start their basketball seasons in November, with games being played into late February.
Mike Rose Soccer Complex
Make the most of your next stay in Memphis. Plan a trip to western Tennessee soon and check out some exciting college soccer at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex, home of the University of Memphis Tigers soccer team. While Tennessee, as a whole, is home to a wide range of exciting and can't-miss attractions, sports fans visiting Memphis often make time to see the Mike Rose Soccer Complex.
Built in 2001, the Mike Rose Soccer Complex is a 136-acre plot of land found just north of the University of Memphis campus. It features a total of 16 soccer fields – many for practicing local clubs and smaller, youth leagues – a picnic area, and a lake. The Memphis Tigers soccer season runs from mid-August to the middle of November.
Morristown BMX Raceway
Check out the Morristown BMX Raceway on your next trip into eastern Tennessee. As you explore Morristown, you'll find plenty of southern charm and small town appeal – make sure you add a visit to the Morristown BMC Raceway to you list of things to do.
Just off of the Davy Crockett Parkway and Morris Road, the Morristown BMX Raceway is home to the "fastest quarter mile in BMX." The Morristown BMX Raceway is a fully sanctioned USA BMX non-profit organization, and adheres strictly to those guidelines. All riders must be registered with USA BMX before they can participate in any of the practice or racing events at the raceway.
The raceway is also very family-friendly, with areas designated for younger, less-experienced riders. Whether you're an eager race spectator, or if you're a BMX rider hoping to wow the fans, visit Morristown BMX Raceway in Morristown.
Destination: Murfreesboro. Plan your next visit to Tennessee and head for the middle region of the state. Known for it's wide range of excellent, must-see attractions, and a whole host of music history, Tennessee is a premier state, and when you head for Murfreesboro, be sure to check out the Charles M. Murphy Athletic Center.
Known to some by its nickname, The Glass House, and to others simply as the Murphy Center, this multi-purpose venue features the Monte Hale Arena, home to the Middle Tennessee State University basketball team. Opened in 1972, the Monte Hale Arena seats 11,520 fans at max capacity, and features a hardwood playing surfaces for basketball games.
While there are many premier and must-see attractions found throughout Tennessee, it's easy to argue one of the most desirable tickets in the land is Neyland Stadium. Head for eastern TN and stay in the charming and beautiful Knoxville, home of the Neyland Stadium, for exciting University of Tennessee football.
Opened in 1921, Neyland Stadium seats an impressive 102,455 fans after its most recent expansion in 2010. Originally known as Shields-Watkins Field, Neyland Stadium (pronounced Nee-Land) hosts all of the UT home football games. The UT football seasons kicks off each year in September and plays through the end of November.
Opened in 1999, Nissan Stadium is home field advantage for the National Football League's Tennessee Titans and the Division-I Tennessee State Tigers. Scenically placed along the Cumberland River in Nashville, the acclaimed football stadium can seat over 69,000 fans on game day.
While serving primarily as a venue for action-packed, American football during the fall, Nissan Stadium also regularly hosts soccer matches featuring the United States men and women's national teams. For the music fans, large festivals and concerts such as the CMA Music Festival are frequently hosted at the stadium.
Raymond C. Hand Baseball Park
Make the most of your next visit to middle Tennessee with an afternoon filled with exciting college baseball. Head for the Raymond C. Hand Baseball Park on the campus of Austin Peay State University any time during the spring and into the summer – catch an Austin Peay Governors ballgame.
Opened in 1970, then renovated and expanded in 1993, and then again in 2001 and 2008, Raymond C. Hand Baseball Park is found right in the heart of campus. It seats 777, but has a total capacity of 1,000 with standing room only areas. It was originally known as Governors Park.
Reese Smith Jr. Field
Make your way into Tennessee soon and enjoy a full day of exciting college baseball action. In middle Tennessee, you'll find the Reese Smith Jr. Field, home turf of the Middle Tennessee State University baseball team. Plan a stay in the city of Murfreesboro for the spring to see the MTSU Blue Raiders jack homeruns.
Reese Smith Jr. Field seats 2,600 fans, and was opened in 1979. Renovated 10 years later in 1989, RSJF is named for the actual Reese Smith Jr., a former Blue Raiders baseball player. Each year, the MTSU baseball season kicks off in late February and plays through to the end of May.
There's no question about it – any visit to Tennessee will yield memorable moments at top, must-see attractions. Across the state, you and the family can, and should, explore as many of the charming states and pleasant towns found in Tennessee. Out in eastern Tennessee, one of those premier destinations is Johnson City.
Johnson City is home to East Tennessee University, whose baseball team plays home games at Thomas Stadium. Opened in 2012, Thomas Stadium seats 1,000 fans – it's record attendance was 1,752, set in 2013 when ETU played in-state rival UT.
There will always be much to see and do during any visit to Tennessee. Plan your next trip to Knoxville and make it a point to check out the Thompson-Boling Arena. This multi-use venue is home to the University of Tennessee Volunteers men's and women's basketball, and the UT women's volleyball team.
You can find the Thompson-Boling Arena on the UT campus overlooking the impressive Tennessee River. Originally opened in 1987, the Thompson-Boling Arena was renovated in 2007, seats a maximum of 21,678, features a hardwood court and playing surface. This venue also hosts other events like concerts and professional wrestling.
You'll have zero regrets the next time you visit Nashville and middle Tennessee – so long as you make it to an exciting Tennessee Tech football game. Plan your stay in Cookeville for the fall and head to Tucker Stadium, home field of the Tennessee Tech football team. It can be found right on campus, along W 12th Street and Peachtree Avenue.
With a seating capacity of 16,500, and a very nice Stadia Turf playing surface, Tucker Stadium is certainly one of the premier sports venues in the region. Whether you're a huge Tennessee Tech football fan, or simply hoping to find an exciting Saturday afternoon activity, you can't go wrong with a visit to Tucker Stadium.
You'll want to enjoy some exciting college football action during your next stay in Nashville. Make your way to Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville where you can watch the Vanderbilt University Commodores play football. Plan your next stay in Nashville for late summer and into the fall.
You can find Vanderbilt Stadium southwest from downtown Nashville between Interstate 440 and Interstate 40. It's on the campus of the actual Vanderbilt University, and from 1922, when it opened, to 1981, it was known as Dudley Field. Vanderbilt Stadium seats 40,550 fans.