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Greg Mackay, Director
Public Assembly Facilities

Fax: 865-215-1455

500 Howard Baker, Jr. Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37915
Fax: 865-215-8989

Dale Dunn - General Manager

Robbie Sandoval - Event Services

Doug Simmons - Operations Manager

Civic Auditorium/Coliseum Ticket Office

To Order Tickets by Telephone
Toll Free 877-995-9961

The Civic Auditorium/Coliseum leases space to various entertainment promoters to provide an opportunity for area residents to enjoy these events. The operation of the facility tries to maximize rental and tax revenues for itself and associated industries in the City, thus reducing the tax burden to the citizens for its operational costs. The facility hosts major touring shows; including the circus, ice shows, concerts, conventions, ballets, symphonies and cultural activities.
Civic Auditorium/Coliseum Events Listing
Deaf or Hearing Impaired Policies
Knoxville Coliseum Web Site

The Knoxville Civic Auditorium - The Auditorium is a beautifully decorated, climate controlled theatre or concert hall facility with sightlines and acoustics carefully engineered for perfection. A complete high-fidelity sound amplification system is available when desired. There are 1,393 contoured, upholstered chairs on the main floor and 1,014 in the balcony for a total of 2,407 seats.

The Knoxville Civic Coliseum - The completely climate-controlled Coliseum is an arena with a large lobby, ticket-handling facilities, checkrooms, refreshment stands and restrooms. It is equipped with a high-volume sound amplification system, an electrostatic filter system for removal of smoke and pollen and eight private dressing rooms. A 25-foot wide; 14.5-foot high exterior service door permits entry of large tractor-trailers. There are 4,414 fixed seats; with chairs that can be put on the large 190' x 106' flat-floor area for seating up to 7,200. For trade shows, a combined area of more than 34,000 sq. ft. can accommodate up to 184 exhibit booths (10' x 10') on the same level, with unlimited load per square foot. There is a 60' x 40' portable stage, removable sloping floor risers, four super-trouper spotlights, various sizes of band-raisers, a forklift and other equipment available for special requirements.


P.O. Box 10482
3301 Magnolia Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37914
Telephone: 865-215-1450
Fax: 865-215-1455

Management Staff:

Greg Mackay, Director
Public Assembly Facilities

Fax: 865-215-1455

Robin Bryant
Operations Manager
Cell: 865-755-3000

Connie Spicer
Administrative Assistant

Chilhowee Park History

This park was first built in 1910 to host the Appalachian Expedition. The expedition was held in Knoxville again the next year. In 1913, the City hosted the National Conservation Exhibition.

The lake was originally a private retreat owned by the Beaman family. Around 1890, the property was leased to William Gibbs McAdoo. He transformed Beaman’s property into a pleasure park open to the public. It offered swimming, boating, a dance pavilion, and a penny arcade. The park connected to downtown Knoxville by a new electric streetcar line, the city’s first. Referred to as Lake Ottosee (as in, the lake you “ought to see”) it was similar to amusement parks and other destination attractions that were a common component of the era’s streetcar-driven residential development. The area became known as “Park City.”

Overlooking the 14-acre lake, a Victorian-style Liberal Arts Building stood at the present site of the Jacobs Building. The original buildings no longer exist due to fires that occurred long ago. However, the marble gazebo still stands. It dates back to the 1910 Expo and is still used for musical performances in Chilhowee Park today.

Park City became part of corporate Knoxville in 1917.

Chilhowee Park Events Listing [PDF]
Map of Chilhowee Park [PDF]
Chilhowee Park Web Site
Tennessee Valley Fair Web Site

Chilhowee Park is an 80 acre venue that can accomodate multiple events, both inside and outside. It has a 4,500 seat amphitheater, suitable for concerts. The Jacob Building is a two-story exhibition hall, approximately 57,000 square feet in size, suitable for trade shows, meetings, performances, etc.

Directions to Chilhowee Park:

From North of Knoxville
(Clinton, LaFollette, Lexington)

• I-75 South toward Knoxville
• Merge onto I-275 South toward Asheville
• Take Exit 3 toward Asheville
• Merge onto I-640 East
• Follow I-640 East and merge onto I-40 West toward Nashville
• Take Exit 392A (Rutledge Pike/Knoxville Zoo Drive) onto Rutledge Pike/TN-1 US-11W
• Follow signs to Chilhowee Park

From Northeast of Knoxville
(Bristol, Kingsport, Johnson City)

• I-81 South to I-40 West
• Follow I-40 West to Exit 392A (Rutledge Pike/Knoxville Zoo Drive)
• Merge onto Rutledge Pike/TN-1/US-11W
• Follow signs to Chilhowee Park

From South of Knoxville
(Chattanooga, Athens, Cleveland)

• I-75 North to I-40 East
• Follow I-40 East toward Asheville
• Take Exit 392 (Rutledge Pike/Knoxville Zoo Drive) onto Rutledge Pike/TN-1 US-11W
• Follow signs to Chilhowee Park .

From East of Knoxville
(Newport, Asheville)

• I-40 West to Exit 392A (Rutledge Pike / Knoxville Zoo Drive)
• Merge onto Rutledge Pike/TN-1/US-11W
• Follow signs to Chilhowee Park

From West of Knoxville
(Crossville, Cookeville, Nashville)

• I-40 East toward Knoxville
• Follow I-40 East toward Asheville
• Take Exit 392 (Rutledge Pike/Knoxville Zoo Drive) onto Rutledge Pike/TN-1 US-11W
• Follow signs to Chilhowee Park

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