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September 22, 2014

Sept. 22, 2014

For additional information,
Contact: Amanda Shell Jennings
Moxley Carmichael
(865) 255-0661


The Knoxville Convention Center once again is inviting families, young people and adults to travel back in time 65 million years at “Discover the Dinosaurs” on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27-28.

This is the third year Knoxville will host the interactive family exhibition that features more than 60 museum-quality and animatronic dinosaur replicas. In the exhibit’s first two years, more than 48,000 children and adults attended the attraction at the Convention Center.

“The ‘Discover the Dinosaurs’ event has become extremely popular here at the Knoxville Convention Center,” General Manager Mary Bogert said. “Our largest exhibit hall is transformed into a prehistoric adventure for children of all ages. With the hands-on attractions and lifelike animatronic replicas that move and roar, kids feel like they are experiencing living dinosaurs.”

“Discover the Dinosaurs,” produced by Blue Star Productions, is designed to provide children and adults with a unique and educational way to explore prehistoric life. The hands-on exhibit allows visitors to get close and even touch the replicas. The backdrops for the prehistoric scenes are custom-designed to reflect the landscapes of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

“This is a fabulous adventure for the whole family,” Bogert said. “It’s never been more fun to learn about dinosaurs!”

The exhibit is open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“Discover the Dinosaurs” offers two convenient pricing options. Exhibit-only admission tickets, available at the door, are $18 for adults; $16, seniors; and $16, children ages 2-12. Ticket price includes access to the 60 replicas, plus attractions such as a Dino Dig, Dino Theater, Dino Den play area, Dino Coloring and a scavenger hunt.

The $22 all-inclusive Exhibit Plus ticket is available for online purchase and, in addition to the exhibit activities, allows unlimited admission to Triceratops and T-Rex rides and inflatables. The all-inclusive tickets are available at and also will be sold at the door.

About the Knoxville Convention Center

The Knoxville Convention Center, managed by SMG, is located in downtown Knoxville adjacent to the Sunsphere. It boasts a 120,000-square-foot exhibit hall, a 30,000-square-foot divisible ballroom and 18 meeting rooms. For more information, visit

About SMG

Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers, and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s Reliant Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions, catering and special events division, SAVOR, currently servicing 130 accounts worldwide. For more information visit