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June 23, 2015

June 23, 2015

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KCC_BuildingSphere_GoodbThe Knoxville Convention Center recently received a Prime Site Award from the readers of Facilities & Destinations, a leading publication for meeting and event planners, booking agents and promoters. The awards were announced in the June issue of the magazine.

Prime Site award winners are the highest-rated facilities in the country as voted by the publication’s readers. The Knoxville Convention Center has received the award for nine consecutive years. This year, 17 facilities were selected from the Southeast region.

“This award further confirms Knoxville’s top place among the nation’s facilities for meetings and conventions,” said Mary Bogert, general manager for the Knoxville Convention Center. “We are thankful to our clients and industry partners for selecting us to win this award yet again, and we are very proud of our track record in the industry.”

Readers of Facilities & Destination magazine are association executives, trade show managers and special event and meeting planners. The publication has polled its readers to identify the nation’s top venues since 1994. The scores are based on marketability, accessibility, quality and customer service.

The Knoxville Convention Center is one of 32 SMG-managed facilities to earn the award this year.

About the Knoxville Convention Center

The Knoxville Convention Center, managed by SMG, is located in downtown Knoxville adjacent to the Sunsphere. It boasts a 120,000 square-foot exhibit hall, a 27,000 square-foot divisible ballroom and up to 25 meeting rooms. In 2013, the Knoxville Convention Center became the first LEED-certified convention center in the state of Tennessee for its green programs. For more information, visit

About SMG

Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers, and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions, catering and special events division, SAVOR, currently servicing 130 accounts worldwide. For more information visit