Who we are:
The Tennessee Smokies are the Home of the “Nine-Inning Vacation!” The Smokies are the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and member of the 10-team Southern League. The Smokies play 70 regular season home games each year between April and Early September at Smokies Stadium; located just east of Knoxville on I-40 at exit 407.
For more than 100 years, The Tennessee Smokies have served Knoxville, Sevier County and eastern Tennessee with a tradition of providing top-notch baseball excitement and quality family entertainment. Since opening in 2000, Smokies Stadium has been one of the premier venues in Minor League Baseball. Continually recognized as a top entertainment destination, the Tennessee Smokies were named the “Attraction of the Year” in 2015 by the Sevier County Hospitality Association and the Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association. America’s Friendliest Ballpark, Smokies Stadium, was also ranked 5th overall among all Double-A ballparks by Ballpark Digest and recognized as Pro Sports Field of the Year by The Tennessee Turfgrass Association. The Smokies were also the recipients of the Don Mincher Organization of the Year Award in 2014 and John H. Johnson President’s Award in 2011. In 2016, The Smokies were recipients of the Southern League Promotional Trophy and were named field of the year by the Sports Turf Managers Association.
Since 2013, more than $4,000,000 has been spent improving the Smokies Stadium, creating a quality experience for our fans. Improvements include newly remodeled and expanded group and luxury areas, an expanded kids’ play area, and large fans along the concourse to help keep folks cool on warm summer nights. The Smokies have also expanded their food options, added additional points of sale and upgraded technology throughout the ballpark to better serve all fans. The Tennessee Smokies also calibrate with business large and small, finding both traditional and unique ways to market their products and services or create brand awareness among the more than 280,000 fans that pass through our gates each year.
In its 17-year history, Smokies Stadium has welcomed more than 4,426,000 fans to its baseball games and as a multi-use facility that hosts events other than Smokies games, such as concerts, car shows, and holiday events has had many, many more visitors. In 201 The Smokies set a new single game attendance mark welcoming 7,902 fans on May 14th and welcomed 293,694 fans to set a new season long attendance mark.
As an affiliate of Chicago Cubs, the Smokies have been able to assist in the development of many of their current stars. National League MVP Kris Bryant, National League Cy Young winner Kyle Hendricks, NLCS co-MVP Javier Baez, Silver Slugger Jake Arieta, Carl Edwards Jr., Wilson Conteras, Miguel Montero, Addison Russell, Albert Almora Jr., Chris Coghlan, Kyle Schwarburg, and Jorge Soler are all former Smokies that were on the Cubs World Series roster. Some of the notable alumni to wear a Smokies uniform include Roy Halladay, Chris Carpenter, Michael Young, Yadier Molina, Dan Uggla, and Geovany Soto. More recent Smokies to advance to the major leagues include, Starlin Castro, Jeff Samardzija, Darwin Barney, and Dan Vogalbach. Visiting teams also bring notable players including, John Smoltz, Jake Peavy, Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, Bryan McCann, Clayton Kershaw, David Price, Giancarlo Stanton and Paul Goldschmidt and Yasiel Puig. With a cavalcade of up and coming talent traveling thought East Tennessee, Smokies Stadium is the place to see a star on the rise.