Ice fishers convention scheduled for Knoxville


Knoxville planners designed the Knoxville Convention Center to draw outside dollars to East Tennessee and early indicators point to better than expected success.

The National Ice Fishing Association (NIFA), has announced that the 2003 NIFA convention will be held in Knoxville, TN. The convention is scheduled for August of 2003.

When asked why Knoxville was selected for such a large-scale event, representatives from NIFA said that it was a simple decision. “The new Knoxville Convention Center is a half million square feet of total space that reflects the alluring environment of the area. The center boasts a 119,922-square-foot exhibit hall and a 27,300-square-foot divisible ballroom, which can accommodate up to 1,850 people for a formal banquet or 2,600 for a meeting. Knoxville offers a variety of places to stay, from top-name brands to historic bed and breakfast accommodations. The county boasts more than 7,500 hotel rooms; 1,200 of which are in the downtown/convention center area.”

When put so eloquently, it’s easy to see why those outside Knoxville will line up to hold events in the Knoxville Convention Center. It should also be noted that Knoxville officials worked diligently convincing NIFA that Knoxville offers a plethora of untapped ice fishing opportunities.

Further information about NIFA can be found at