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Beautiful sunrise over Bluff Mountain in Pigeon Forge.

4 Reasons the Pigeon Forge Convention Center is the Ultimate Smoky Mountain Event Venue

Pigeon Forge, TN is one of the most popular locations for conventions, events, and gatherings in the country! Just a day’s drive from over 2/3rds of the nation’s population, Pigeon Forge is a convenient meeting place for millions of people. With the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at its doorstep and a wide variety of world class attractions and shows in town, Pigeon Forge has everything you could possibly want in an event venue.

For large gatherings in the Smokies, you can’t beat the Pigeon Forge Convention Center. Officially known as the LeConte Center, this beautiful building has hosted family reunions, church groups, car shows, concerts, and just about anything else you can think of. Visit My Smokies has put together a guide to what makes the Pigeon Forge Convention Center the ultimate event venue in the area.

1. All the Space You NeedThe entrance to the Pigeon Forge Convention Center.

You will never feel cramped when you attend an event at the Pigeon Forge Convention Center! The entire building is 232,000 sq ft with 100,500 sq ft of exhibit/assembly space in LeConte Hall. The Convention Center offers an uncluttered design with no columns or other obstructions, so there is plenty of wide open space for event planners to make use of.

In addition to LeConte Hall, the Pigeon Forge Convention Center offers additional space in Greenbriar Hall (12,000 sq ft), three North Multi-Purpose Rooms (each 2,000 sq ft), four South Multi-Purpose Rooms (each 1,000 sq ft), and a Boardroom (750 sq ft). For concerts or lectures, the Convention Center can provide seating for up to 12,000 guests.  

(See Also: 7 Annual Events at the Pigeon Forge Convention Center That You Don’t Want to Miss)

2. Free Parking

In some cities, finding parking for a special event or convention can be a nightmare. Fortunately, this is not the case in Pigeon Forge! The Convention Center is adjacent to a massive municipal parking lot with 1,600 free spaces. Best of all, the parking lot has four shuttle stops where complimentary trams pick up guests and take them right to the Convention Center’s main entrance.

The Little Pigeon River at The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge.3. Close to the Best Attractions in Pigeon Forge

The Pigeon Forge Convention Center boasts one of the most enviable locations in the Smokies! Guests will enjoy stunning views of Mount LeConte, the highest mountain that is completely in the state of Tennessee, and the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River. Additionally, the Convention Center is less than five minutes away from the following attractions:

  • The Old Mill Square
  • The Island (featuring Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, Margaritaville, and the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel)
  • The Riverwalk Greenway
  • The Track
  • Firehouse Golf
  • The Tomb
  • The Comedy Barn Theater
  • Lazerport Fun Center
  • Pigeon Forge Factory Outlet Mall

4. Only One Event at a TimeAudience listening to a speech at a convention.

Unlike some other venues, the Pigeon Forge Convention Center only hosts one event at a time. This allows the Convention Center’s staff to give their full attention to each event. This policy also makes the event more enjoyable, because everyone in attendance is there for the same reason.

To keep up to date with everything going on at the Pigeon Forge Convention Center and the rest of the area, check out our Pigeon Forge Events Calendar!