LeConte Center holds first event

Pigeon Forge (WVLT) The LeConte Center cost $45 million to build. It's a large facility, with 232,000 square feet of space. Officials hope all that hard work and money will result in an economic boost.

Tuesday, the LeConte Center opened its doors to the first of what many hope is numerous events to come.

The center welcomed the International Gift Exposition at 9 a.m. The LeConte Center will host IGES for the next eight days. They expect more than 10,000 people over the next week.

It's events like IGES that LeConte Center officials hope it's the start of a prosperous trend.

“We're looking to generate millions of dollars in economic impact,” Facility Manager Phil Campbell said. “We want folks that come to events like this to stay in our hotels, shop in our shops, eat in our restaurants and enjoy the town that is Pigeon Forge.”

IGES features almost 600 exhibitors, approximately 5,000 retailers and their families and guests.

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