Sevierville, TN

Directions: From Knoxville: Take I-40 east to exit 407 (Hwy 66). Make a left at the light. Smokies Park is up on your right after going under the interstate.

General Area in State: Sevierville is about 20 miles east of Knoxville. It is in the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area of the state. About a 3 hour drive northwest of Greenville, SC; about a 2 hour drive northwest of Asheville, NC.

Host Hotel: I stayed at the Best Western Dumplin Valley Inn, 3426 Winnfield Dunn Pkwy, Kodak, TN 37764. 865-933-3467.. It was 3 minutes from the ballpark, was reasonably priced, and had adequate facilities. Check out Best Western for more information.

Date Visited: 7/14/00 - 7/16/00

Ease of getting to; getting in and out of: Excellent getting to, right off highway. Wait 10-15 minutes after the end of the game to leave. Less traffic that way. Plenty of folks directing traffic out of the ballpark.

Radio Announcer: Didn't listen.

Website: Poor. As of 8/2000, a new one is being developed. 8/16/09 - it's still not that great. 12/22/12 - They (the minor league websites) are more or less all the same now.

Customer Service: Decent



A look at Smokies Park from the outfield. I walked around the concourse to take this shot. You can see the skyboxes on the second level.



Personal Notes: Very nice ballpark. There was wrap around concourse. You could stroll along a path behind the outfield before, during and after the game. A nice feature. Had not seen that in other ballparks I've been to. Smokies Park has two levels. The second level is skyboxes. They fly the Canadian flag but did not sing the Canadian National Anthem.

A nice fireworks display after one of the games.

At one game, the players on the visiting team - Greenville Braves, all wore hi-socks. Much viewing pleasure. They looked wonderful. I like the hi-sock look.

The bullpens were on the field in front of the General Admission seats.

Good announcer, he left time between announcing the starting line up to write the players names on the scorecard. I find most announcers don't do that.



If you'd prefer camping in Sevierville, there's a KOA beyond the right field. Up the hill in the trees in this photo. During the game, I saw several families sitting in their lawn chairs, binoculars in hand, watching the game. I'm sure there was a radio around somewhere tuned to the game..

The bullpen is in front of the grey bleachers along the first base line.






Smokies scoreboard. Fans can sit on the grass berm during the game (you see one person in this picture sitting); kind of like the spring training stadiums in Arizona.





This photo shows the pathway/ concourse around the outfield. It shows another view of the grass berm.



More Personal Notes: Saw lots of plays I had never seen in person before. Josh Phelps got an inside the ballpark homerun. Saw a triple play and three consecutively hit home runs.

If bases are loaded and batter is HBP (hit by pitch), he gets credited with an RBI. That happened at one of the games. At another, Matt McClendon (G-Brave), threw 123 pitches, he had to be pulled after that. The Southern League has a 120 pitch limit. With 2 outs, 2 balls, 2 strikes in the 9th, Mike Hessman hit a homerun to tie the game. How exciting is THAT !?!?!

Mark Hauser explained the infield fly rule. I'll pass it on:

When - players on 1st and 2nd or bases loaded; 0 or 1 out
How - umpire calls by raising arm over his head and signaling
What - batter is called out immediately
Who - infielders must be facing in; not an over the shoulder catch. Runners can run but don't have to (including the batter)
Benefits - the offensive team because it takes the force play away (since batter is called out immediately)



The concourse on the third base side. Sections are clearly marked. You can tell from this photo, that it's a new, clean ballpark.



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