KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Leaders advocating for the building of the Knoxville Sports and Entertainment Complex that would be home to the Tennessee Smokies are hosting a block party to give the public to talk directly with them about the project. The Knoxville Sports Authority, city and Knox County officials, Boyd Sports and community organizations will meet July 17 beneath the James White Parkway overpass in the city-owned parking lot at 400 E. Jackson Ave., just yards away from the proposed site, in the Old City.

Partners, stakeholders and designers will have information on hand to describe the proposed concepts of the multiuse stadium. The stadium, if built, would be leased to Boyd Sports and the Tennessee Smokies Double A Southern League baseball team, but the facility would be able to host concerts and festivals throughout the year. Talks have also included the possibility of the new Knoxville soccer franchise playing its games at the stadium and entertainment complex.

GEM Community Development Group, the private partner to Boyd Sports, is planning to invest more than $100 million to build apartments, condos, restaurants and offices in East Knoxville. 

The project is awaiting an economic impact analysis and other detail work by the Sports Authority. If the independent data supports going forward and the city and county authorize it, a best-case scenario calls for construction possibly beginning within a year and the multi-use stadium opening for community use and events in 2024.