Stadium Construction Reboot Nears

Stadium site prep

With materials prices stabilizing, bidding and budgeting efforts will begin in the coming weeks, with construction to start in early 2023.

Triple Play Completed

Gary Loe

A contentious City Council joins County Commission and the Sports Authority in approving a new stadium financing plan.

TIF District Basics

Magnolia TIF District

Officials say the South Waterfront shows tax-increment financing districts like the one proposed for the stadium area can help spur growth.

Power Poll: Play Ball

An overwhelming majority of survey respondents support the city-county stadium, even with its rising costs and revised financing plan.

TIF Protection

Construction equipment on the proposed stadium site.

County Commission recommends approval of expanding the TIF district around the new stadium, with an extra layer of assurance.

Moneyball Maneuvers

A revised financing plan for the new stadium near the Old City includes a loan to cover increasing costs and an expanded tax district to help pay for it.

Recalculating the Cost

Doug Kirchhofer

With projections smashed by high materials prices, the actual budget for the planned multi-use stadium won’t be known until this fall.

Closing the Gap

A loan from Smokies’ owner Randy Boyd could be used to cover a stadium funding shortfall created by soaring construction materials costs.

Stadium Project Paused

Officials hope construction costs will stabilize later this year, but it won’t be in time for the Smokies to play ball in Knoxville in 2024.

Expanding Downtown

After taking a breather, developers David Dewhirst and Mark Heinz are lining up projects north and east of the city’s core.