About the LeCONTE Event Center at Pigeon Forge

About the LeCONTE Event Center at Pigeon Forge

LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge

Located along the banks of the Little Pigeon River, in the heart of Pigeon Forge, the architecture and design of the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge exudes a mountain lodge ambiance. When the design and planning for this impressive event and meeting facility began, the name was chosen as a tribute to the building’s spectacular view of Mount LeConte in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The mission of the center is to serve as a catalyst for development in the city, stimulate investment, create jobs, and create economic vitality and impact through scheduled functions that attract large numbers of out-of-town visitors.

The city of Pigeon Forge invested $50 million to build the 232,000-square-foot LeConte Event Center, with the goal of attracting large assembly events, trade shows and expositions, competitive events and special events. Groups from 1,500 to 12,000 attend events in the 100,500-square-foot, clear-span exhibit space with up to 17 separate breakout rooms.

This stunning facility has been awarded a Reader’s Choice Award, Rising Destination for Meetings Award and Top New Meeting Site Award by Convention South magazine. As a certified Tennessee Green Hospitality venue, the LeConte Event Center is committed to environmentally sustainable practices that continue to protect and enhance the natural beauty and health of the community.

LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge opened for business on Oct. 9, 2013.

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232,000 SQ FT

Featuring 100,500 sq ft clear span exhibition / assembly space open span with clear floor space. All electric and communication service drops from ceiling allowing versatile floor plan designs.

Seating for up to 12,000

The existing inventory of seating is free for assembly plans and only $1 per chair for exhibition booths.

Free parking

The adjacent municipal parking lot offers 1,600 free spaces.

Free Tram pick up in parking lot that delivers to front door

With four tram pickup / drop off locations inside the municipal parking lot, our free trams circle the lot offering you a free ride to the main entrance.

Free WiFi

1 Mbps free wireless internet available throughout facility. Increased bandwidth and dedicated connections are available through in-house communications provider.

Only 1 event in the facility at a time

This allows total focus on you and your attendees, preventing any distractions from a competing event in the building.

8 bay registration area

Located just inside the front entrance, our registration / information area is a great place to greet your attendees. This area is equipped with full communication and power outlets to service your needs.

Convenient central location connected to the Riverwalk

Just one block off the Parkway in the center of Pigeon Forge, the LeConte Event Center is easily accessible. The front of the center boarders the Little Pigeon River and Riverwalk, which offers pedestrian access from the Old Mill Historic District to the entertainment, shopping, and restaurant venues of The Island.

Free access to Pigeon Forge Housing Bureau for lodging options / reservations

As a joint venture between the City of Pigeon Forge and the Pigeon Forge Hospitality Association, the Housing Bureau makes Pigeon Forge lodging easy for event owners and attendees alike.

Event owners office

This is your secure and quiet location to work in, use for light storage, or simply relax in. This room offers a board room table, sofa, chairs, direct TV, and a fireplace all positioned near your registration area with a separate entrance / exit to the service hall.

Call: 865-429-7432 or Email Us for more info or to schedule an onsite tour.

Green Credentials

LeConte Event Center is State of the Art

Green Certification

Green Hospitality CertifiedCertified Tennessee Green Hospitality – for demonstrating an ongoing dedication to sustainability practices and a commitment to continued environmental improvement.

Program Administered by Skye Con Environmental Consulting

Program endorsed by Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association


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Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

Sales Manager

Jennifer Smith, a veteran tourism sales and marketing executive, joined the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge Team in October of 2013. As sales manager, Jennifer’s responsibilities include inviting qualified event owners to host well attended events at the LeConte Event Center with the sole purpose of providing positive economic impact for the City of Pigeon Forge. Jennifer is a Pigeon Forge native with ancestors who lived in Great Smoky Mountains National Park prior to its inception. Residing in Sevier County, Smith and her husband of 29 years have three children. Prior to joining the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge Team, Jennifer served as sales manager for Dollywood.

Phone: 865-429-7432

Tera Cooper

Tera Cooper

Senior Event Manager

Tera Cooper joined the LeConte Event Center’s team prior to the Grand Opening of the center. Being a native of Sevier County and working in the Pigeon Forge tourism industry for 35 years, her background includes customer service, management, and planning in the retail, hotel, and conference market. Sevier County continues to be home for Tera, her husband, and two children. Tera leads the planning and organizational side of each event, working directly with each client during the process of planning, and executing the details of each event up through the final walk through. Tera’s experience provides her with a wealth of information to share with our clients, which ultimately translates into a smooth, calm, and efficient planning process.

Phone: 865-429-7436

Phil Campbell

Phil Campbell

Facility Manager

Phil Campbell joined the LeConte Event Center team prior to its opening with a proven track record of providing more than 35 years of hospitality in Pigeon Forge. Phil’s background includes selling and servicing the tour and travel segment, meetings and conference market, and hotel management. Phil is charged with leading the team to fulfill the facility’s mission of providing economic impact by delivering services tailored to meet the needs of your event and working to successfully bring your attendees to Pigeon Forge. Sevier County has always been home for Phil where he resides with his wife and two daughters. Phil truly has a passion to share this region and the LeConte Event Center with our visitors who come to Pigeon Forge.

Phone: 865-429-7430

Bobby Shultz

Bobby Shultz

Director of Operations

Bobby joined the LeConte Event Center team prior to its opening in May 2013, being the first staff member hired at the Center during the final stages of construction. Bobby is in charge of all daily facility operations and insures that each event has all essential needs and services met with pride and efficiency. Bobby’s 40 year background in all areas of the building trades, including electronics, electrical, industrial, and management in a previous event facility have helped him insure a proven record of excellence in the operations and hospitality area. Bobby is a native of Sevier County where he resides with his wife of more than 40 years and has two children along with two grandchildren.

Phone: 865-429-8615

Buddy Stephens

Robert (Buddy) Stephens

Event & Personnel Coordinator

Buddy joined the LeConte Event Center team in November of 2013. Buddy works to provide a world class facility for use in hosting various events that help to showcase all that Pigeon Forge has to offer. Buddy came with an extensive background in both construction and retail management with a desire to deliver high levels of customer service. Buddy is married with two grown children that are now living in Knoxville and Nashville. Buddy and his wife have lived in Sevier County their entire life and he feels very privileged to be able to be a part of a fantastic team that helps promote tourism in Pigeon Forge through the various events that are held in the LeConte Event Center.

Phone: 865-453-8574

Tom Garner

Tom Garner

Maintenance Supervisor

Tom Garner joined the LeConte Event Center team November of 2013 with a track record of more than 26 years of maintenance. Tom’s background includes residential, commercial, and working with church groups. Tom is charged with maintaining the building and working with event owners to provide for their needs during their event. Blount County has been home for Tom and his wife and two children for 25 years. Tom works tirelessly to make the LeConte Event Center the best it can be for all of its visitors who come to Pigeon Forge.

Phone: 865-453-8574

Mark Haraway

Mark Haraway

Guest Services Associate

Mark joined the LeConte Event Center team in September of 2015. As Guest Services Associate and Security Liaison, Mark works to respond to the needs of each event owner and be available to answer questions of guests in attendance. Mark is also involved in the oversight of all safety practices within our facility. Mark retired to Pigeon Forge following a 35 year career as a Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician, Deputy Fire Marshal and Fire Chief. Mark resides in Sevier County with his wife of 30 years, has two children and one grandchild. Marks background provides a unique combination of customer service as well as event safety and security. Mark is present at events and works diligently to make sure that the guests visiting the LeConte Event Center receive the highest level of customer service while visiting Pigeon Forge. He also responds to the needs of the event representatives in the most efficient and professional manner, insuring that guests have a positive experience while visiting Pigeon Forge. Mark considers it a privilege to be a part of the Leconte Center at Pigeon Forge team and enjoys helping to provide our guests with a positive experience while they are visiting Pigeon Forge.

Mike Weddington

Mike Weddington

Maintenance Supervisor

Mike Weddington joined the LeConte Center team in April 2015. Mike is the former Supervisor for the City of Pigeon Forge Building Maintenance Department. He comes to us with many years of experience in Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical, and is a certified HVAC technician. Mike enjoys the combination of keeping the facility running efficiently and meeting guests attending the wide variety of events inside the LeConte Center. In his spare time he loves being with his three grandchildren and helping others with projects. Mike has been working in the Pigeon Forge area for almost 20 years.

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