Proposed Publicly-Owned Sports and Entertainment Stadium


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The City of Knoxville and Knox County are working toward building a multi-use stadium near downtown, just east of the Old City.

Bringing professional baseball back to Knoxville is undergoing a stringent review, and community conversations are underway.  A newly-formed Sports Authority has been tasked with doing a deep study of a proposed publicly-owned sports and entertainment stadium and will finance, build and manage the stadium if the proposal moves forward.

“In making this investment, the public benefit has to be greater than the public cost,” Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon has said. “A highly experienced Sports Authority has completed an independent analysis that shows this to be the case.”

“This private-public partnership on a stadium has the potential to tie together Downtown, the Old City, and East Knoxville while bringing a mostly vacant area back into reuse while creating new jobs and economic opportunities.”


January 12, 2022 Sports Authority Workshop
(Regarding stadium development and lease agreements)
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Knoxville Museum of Art

January 25, 2022 Sports Authority Meeting 

9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
City of Knoxville Public Works Service Center
3131 Morris Ave.

Upcoming Sports Authority Board Meetings can be found here


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• Boyd Sports and the Tennessee Smokies AA Southern League baseball team plans to lease the stadium, but the facility would be designed to accommodate other sports and host hundreds of other non-baseball events each year, such as concerts, festivals or soccer games.

• Smokies owner Randy Boyd has agreed to enter into a market-value 30-year lease that would allow the Smokies to play in the new stadium for decades to come. Details on Randy Boyd’s plans for the Smokies can be found here. 

• As part of a larger redevelopment effort around the stadium, GEM Community Development Group, the private development partner to Boyd Sports, is planning to invest more than $100 million to build apartments, condos, restaurants and offices.

• No property taxes will be used to fund the stadium project. A Tax Revenue & Economic Impact Assessment was conducted by CSL can be found here. 

• If all goes well, construction could begin as early as Spring 2022, and the multi-use stadium will be open for community use and events in 2024.

• The City and County have formed a new Sports Authority to oversee the facility. Details on the Sports Authority can be found here. 


Questions? Send email to

Stephanie Welch
Deputy to Mayor / Chief of Economic and Community Development

City of Knoxville

Rebekah Jane Justice
Deputy Chief, Economic and Community Development

City of Knoxville

Chris Caldwell
Finance Director

Knox County