Blog for Zip line Attraction in the Smoky Mountains
Located in Pigeon Forge, TN and near Gatlinburg and Sevierville.
By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on April 14, 2015
It's traditionally been one of the surest signs of spring in America – the start of baseball season. And in East Tennessee, that means the return of the Tennessee Smokies, who will play some 70 home games this year at Smokies Stadium in Sevierville.
The Smokies have called Sevier County home for the past 15 years now, and during that time, the team has been a big draw not just for the locals who make their home in this area but also for visitors to the great Smoky Mountains communities of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.
For fans, local and out-of-town alike, it's all about the baseball experience. Smokies Stadium offers plenty of parking, and there's a lot for fans to enjoy inside the gates, from the facility's amenities to special game-day promotions to the action on and off the diamond.
Multiple concession stands are located along the main concourse, which runs parallel to the perimeter of the infield base lines. Baseball staples like peanuts and popcorn are available as are savory goodies like nachos, hotdogs, barbecue, pizza and more. For dessert, you might even want to try some soft-serve ice cream in a miniature plastic batting helmet. The stadium is also home to the Double Play Café, a full service restaurant.
And there's hardly a bad seat in the stadium. Fold-down seats are available behind home plate and along most of the first- and third-base lines. Further toward the outfield are multiple sections of bench seating, while those who sit beyond the home run wall can spread out blankets and relax on the grass berm. From a purely price standpoint, the berms seats are also a great bargain.
Game-day promotions include fan giveaways, Family FUNdays, Fireworks Fridays as well as special nights for pet owners. Even after the games start, there's a lot going on between innings to keep the crowds entertained. Fans are often invited onto the field to participate in one-on-one competitions for prizes, many of which also feature Smokies mascots Slugger and Diamond.
Of course, the action on the field is the highlight of the evening, even if you're not a big baseball fan. Unlike mammoth major league stadiums, Smokies Stadium allows fans to get pretty close to the action, and there's nothing like watching one of our boys jack one over the wall for a home run. And who knows? You might even be lucky enough to get your hands on a foul ball.
The Tennessee Smokies are a AA minor league affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and have consistently enjoyed strong showings in the Southern League in recent years. The team is managed by Buddy Bailey, a former major league catcher, who is starting his fifth season at the helm of the Smokies. Overall, he has more than 25 years of minor league experience, including 1,700 victories.
Most of the Smokies' games are played at night, so if you're looking for a unique way to experience the outdoors during the day, consider ziplining for a few hours. It's fun that can be enjoyed by almost all ages, even if you've never done it before. Ziplining combines adventure, thrills and basking in the scenery of the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains.
And remember that while Smokies Stadium is a great place for baseball this summer, if you're looking for the area's best ziplines, Sevierville isn't where you'll find them. You'll want to visit Smoky Mountain Ziplines in Pigeon Forge. Our canopy tours and Zipline course offer multiple ways to experience one of the most exciting attractions in the Smokies.