Thompson-Boling Arena

1600 Phillip Fulmer Way #202, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA

About Thompson-Boling Arena

4.6 / 5

from reviews

    June 14, 2022

    We recently went here to see Paul McCartney, and of course he was amazing, however we were sitting right at the top of the stairs in the section we were in. The seats and the view were incredible, but there was a bright fluorescent light just above us the entire time. They kind of had a curtain to separate the hallway from the inside area, but it was very unfortunate that it wasn’t at least made darker to be a bit more immersed. The seats were $700 a piece haha. Anyway we enjoyed everything, just wish there could have been slightly better accommodations for those at the very top of the stairs.

    Bryson F
    May 16, 2023

    I was here recently for Friday Night Smackdown and it was very nice. We got there after the doors had opened and didn't have to wait in line very long at all. We were in the arena within 10 minutes of arriving. It was very crowded inside though so it was a bit difficult for everyone to walk through to get to their seats, but we made it. Waters were pretty expensive, but overall the event was great and everything went well!!

    Stalker Island
    February 22, 2023

    Thompson bowling is a bit of an old fashioned hall of a basketball court stadium, but it sometimes serves concerts. There aren't many bad seats in the house, but you can get up top and be in the bleeds where it's not as fun and a little bit steep and dangerous. There are definitely better places to see concerts, but some of the bigger shows can only play at this place in Knoxville. Journey and Toto was the one that we saw recently. I only go to this venue when I have to... The traffic and being on campus for a large event is not the most fun thing you can do...

    August 20, 2022

    Attended a concert (Luke Bryan) here on 8/19/2022. This was our first time visiting the arena. Concert was great. Parking was good (get there early to get a spot - cost was $15). Great Seats, friendly and helpful staff. My only complaint/warning is the seats are close together (think flying economy with your knees hitting the back of the chair in front of you with no place to stretch your legs out in front of you) and on the smaller side. Granted, I could lose some weight but I'm not overly large (size 46 pants) and I could barely fit in the seat. The lack of leg room and the tightness of the seat makes it very difficult to sit for more then an hour. If you have bad knees (like my wife) it's almost impossible to stand up from the seat as well. Larger people may not even fit in the seats. Some restrooms are smaller then others. Hit and miss on those. We parked in G5 (near gate B). Our seats were in section 112. It took us 15 min to transit through the arena when leaving and another 30 min. to get out of the parking lot. Police were directing traffic which helped but I spent 15 min. waiting for the police to direct us into the flow of exiting traffic. I would like to suggest to the venue thinks about rerouting some of the exits so everyone feels like they are moving. Costs: Beer was $13, large soda $7, bottle of water $4, pizza (which was very good) $8. T-shirt of the tour - $35. For two of us, we spent about $100 inside the arena. Plan accordingly. All of that said, we had a good time and may take in another concert in the future. Picture from section 112, row 12.

    Marsha Lawson
    November 16, 2022

    I've been coming to Thompson Boling Arena since I was a little girl. The improvements made in the past few years definitely made it a better facility for their guests. It's typically clean and the staff is helpful. I've enjoyed many concerts and events there, everything from Lady Vols basketball to my own high school graduation to the Backstreet Boys back in the day.

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