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Hilton Garden Inn Knoxville/University
1706 Cumberland Avenue, Knoxville
Sometimes life is best on foot. From this Hilton's spot by the University of Tennessee campus, guests can amble along the tree-lined streets to nearby sites like World's Fair Park and Neyland Stadium. Comfortable rooms will later greet explorers with microwaves, flat-panel cable TV and free high-speed internet.
0.8 miles from Thompson Boling Arena
v3 mins driving Uber from $4-5
t15 mins walking
REVIEW SCORE4.22 - Very Good
l Clara "The valet service was great; the room was clean and comfortable; the breakfast was exceptional. ..."
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Top Rated Hotel near Thompson Boling Arena
Hampton Inn & Suites - Knoxville Papermill Drive, Tn
601 N Weisgarber Road, Knoxville
Breakfast is on the house at this well-placed hotel, based off the I-40 and I-75 and within a half-mile of plenty of restaurants. And if guests first need to build an appetite, they can take a swim in the indoor pool or flex muscles on the hotel's fitness machines.
6.9 miles from Thompson Boling Arena
v11 mins driving Uber from $8-11
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Crowne Plaza Knoxville
401 West Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville
For a mix of culture and fashionable eateries, consider staying just two blocks from Old City at the Crowne Plaza. The contemporary collection of the Knoxville Museum of Art is less than a mile away, while many of the area's revitalized streets are lined with restaurants and bars playing live music.
1.6 miles from Thompson Boling Arena
v6 mins driving Uber from $4-5
REVIEW SCORE4.06 - Very Good
l Shelia "Room clean; people great."
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What is the surrounding area like?

Visitors can walk through the leafy university campus to a fair few restaurants and hotels near Thompson Boling Arena. Along the way, keep an eye out for streets named after sport stars including Phillip Fulmer Way, Peyton Manning Pass, and Pat Summitt Street.

Where are the best places to eat near Thompson Boling Arena?

Copper Cellar

The original of a Knoxville-based chain, Copper Cellar has been cooking up steaks for over 40 years. Patrons tuck into succulent fare with sides like Tennessee blue cheese grits while relaxing in the walnut, copper and leather furnishings.

Half Barrel

Line up a tune on the juke box, get a cool beer and you've got yourself this classic American bar. The menu is mostly the type that's fried, including cheesy waffle fries and chicken wings by the dozen.

Dazzo's Pizzeria

A good range of veggie and vegan choices fill plates at this friendly pizzeria. Carnivores will also be happy, tucking into pizzas and pasta made from plenty of fresh ingredients.

What are the 'must see' things in the area?

Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

If there's one way to signpost your attraction, it's putting the world's largest basketball on your roof. This hall of fame celebrates the women who've slam dunked their way into sporting history. An afternoon of roaming the various exhibits will cost you around $10.

Volunteer Landing

So you've got an hour to fill? The day is fine? Take a stroll through this riverside park where locals come to while away afternoons spent fishing or stretching out on the grass.

Sunsphere Tower

Knoxville's visual centerpiece, this 198-feet is topped with a golden, disco ball-like orb. Visitors can take the elevator to the viewing deck or ride right to the top for a cocktail in the lounge.

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What's the best way to get to Thompson Boling Arena?

The arena is based in the middle of the University of Tennessee campus, next to downtown Knoxville. As picturesque as the area is, the traffic's less easy on the eyes. Allow extra time if driving: once you've left I-40 you'll have to battle some congestion to win that parking space.

What can people expect in terms of food and drink?

You've got the usual players: Domino's pizza, nachos, Bavarian pretzels and hot dogs blanketed in smoky cheddar… Then, on top of the permanent concession stands, you'll find various temporary ones popping up now and then. Prices are pretty modest too, so visitors can fill the hole in their belly without making one in their bank balance.

Does the venue have WiFi?

Yep and it's free.

Is there any parking?

There are a few parking places nearby, including a large lot on Neyland Drive. It's a case of looking out for signs and traffic officers on the day. And - in case you're wondering - sadly there is a fee: usually it's around $10 for an event, though this can vary.

What time do doors normally open?

Either 60 or 90 minutes before the action starts.

Any other info the visitor might want to know?

No alcoholic drinks are sold in the stadium, and of course you can't bring your own either.

#4 Rated

Thompson Boling Arena Reviews

This venue is ranked #4 of 6 rated venues in Knoxville

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Very Good - 4 out of 5

, Monticello, KY Mon, 15 September 2014

Our group had a great time! We stayed close by for the night and were able to walk to the hotel afterwards. The area felt very well protected and lots of security were visible. Thought all in all it was a great place for the concert.

Liked: Don't think there was a bad seat in the house; we had great seats on the floor center stage but some other members of our party were located direct side stage and had just about as good a view.
Disliked: Never attended a concert before where alcoholic beverages were not permitted. Was not aware that this was the case or I would have purchased tickets for another venue.


Exceptional - 5 out of 5

, Mt. Sterling, KY Tue, 8 July 2014

I attended the convention scheduled for July 3rd-5th. I came by tour bus each day and the arena was so comfortable after having ridden for over three hours.

Liked: Seating was very comfortable; air was not too cold; security personnel were very pleasant.
Disliked: Need a little more leg space between seats.


Disappointing - 2 out of 5

, Rural Retreat, VA Tue, 21 January 2014

Need to open doors much earlier and have a faster process of search so as to get people in quicker.

Disliked: Doors did not open early enough to allow everyone to get inside in time for concert. MANY people not yet in their seats when concert began. Extensive congestion in lobby due to souvenir stands being set up near bathrooms made it IMPOSSIBLE to get to them. Crowd totally at a standstill.


Very Good - 4 out of 5

, Murfreesboro Thu, 19 December 2013

It was a good experience and enjoyed it very much.

Liked: The arena was very nice.
Disliked: N/A.


Disappointing - 2 out of 5

, Knoxville Tue, 5 March 2013

Liked: Plenty of people to help find your seat and very nice.
Disliked: Half the food that was on the menu was not ready when the gates opened - were they not expecting people to be there? No alcohol was served - this was a concert. Seats were way too close together - I was practically sitting on top of the person behind me and was afraid to move so I wouldn't kick the people in front of me. Will not attend an event here again.


Poor - 1 out of 5

, Trenton, TN Mon, 4 March 2013

Never will I attend a concert there again. Women's restroom was too small to handle the crowd. And no alcohol is served - bummer! Knoxville is NOT a concert town.

Disliked: Very negative.


Exceptional - 5 out of 5

, Hampton, TN Sun, 27 January 2013

Liked: We had a very nice time. There were plenty of staff available to help you find your seat and when some people took other's seats they handled it very professionally.


Exceptional - 5 out of 5

, Jonesville, VA Mon, 21 January 2013

Had a great experience on the night of January 18th.

Liked: Everything.
Disliked: Nothing.


Pleasant - 3 out of 5

, Huntsville Sun, 20 January 2013


Liked: Nice facility; friendly staff.
Disliked: Parking horrible.

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