Global Finals 2014

Traveling to Knoxville

Team on Bus

Discount Travel Rates

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Traveling By Car: Parking Information

For your safety and convenience, all vehicles using UT parking facilities must provide vehicle identification information and a license plate number. We will also need to know the team with which each vehicle is registered. You will be given a Vehicle Identification Voucher during registration that must be displayed on your vehicle’s dash throughout your stay. Parking for residence halls is not necessarily adjacent to each hall, but is nearby. Information about the closest available parking to your assigned residence hall will be available at check-in. Hotel guests may park at their hotel and use the shuttle for trips to campus. If you are staying on campus and participate in a Challenge located off campus, you can ride the shuttle and use the prop delivery system.

At no time will parking be permitted in any staff lots. Because parking at many Challenge sites is limited, we encourage you to park your vehicle upon arrival and use our shuttle system during Global Finals. Oversized vehicles and vehicles with anything in tow must fit in one or two standard parking spaces. Please observe vehicle clearance heights in parking garages. 


Directions to TRECS

Once you reach Knoxville, your first stop will be TRECS for Registration and Orientation. Knoxville is accessible from I-40 West and East and I-75 North and South, as well as Highway 129 from the McGhee-Tyson Airport. Once you are on one of the above interstates or highways, it is an easy drive to Knoxville and Global Finals Registration at The Tennessee Recreational Center for Students (TRECS).

TRECS (The Tennessee Recreational Center for Students)
2116 Andy Holt Boulevard
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996


Traveling by Plane

Helpful Hints for Airport Travel to Global Finals

Knoxville and Atlanta are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

  • Nashville is in Central Daylight Time (CDT). Please take note of this in making your travel arrangements.
  • Approximate travel times from airports:
  • Atlanta – 4 hours
  • Nashville – 3 hours (If you left Nashville at 12:00 p.m. CDT, you would arrive in Knoxville around 4:00 p.m. EDT.)
  • The last shuttle to the Knoxville Airport will depart campus at 12:30 p.m.

Airport Transfers

Airport Transers Chart

*All transfer payments must be given in US Dollars.

To purchase an airport transfer please email your flight information and quantity of people to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


 From Knoxville Airport

Destination Imagination, Inc., in cooperation with the University of Tennessee, will make airport transfers available to those purchasing Global Finals housing and meal packages. Transfers from Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport to Registration and then to your housing locations are available on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Return transfers from your housing location are available on Sunday only. Service is available for all arriving and departing flights.

Guests purchasing any Airport Transfer service will be met in the Baggage Claim area of the airport by UT staff and given instructions on boarding the appropriate bus.

Space must be reserved and paid for each transfer (both arrival and departure) at least 14 days in advance. No refunds will be given after May 5. To purchase Airport Transfers, visit or purchase them during your online registration process. You MUST have your itinerary information to complete your purchase. Your confirmation e-mail will contain a 24-hour contact number for you to use during your trip in case you are delayed on your way to Knoxville. Please remember to carry this contact number with you. Do not put it in your luggage.

For questions and/or more information on Airport Transfers to or from Global Finals, please call (865) 974-0263.


From Other Airports

Both the University of Tennessee and Destination Imagination, Inc. desire to keep team travel costs low. There are alternate airports within 200 miles of the campus that offer event airport transfers. Use of one of these airports may reduce your travel costs. Transfers from these alternate airports require a 14-day advance purchase. These transfers begin on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. and depart approximately every 3 hours. Return service is available on Sunday only. Return transfers are scheduled at Registration and start as early as needed. There is a minimum of 7 persons per transfer (10 per transfer to/from Atlanta), but every effort will be made to combine groups to achieve this minimum. Complimentary bottled water will be provided on each out of town bus.

Note: All prices listed above are discounted by $5 for Monday arrivals. For questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Airport Transfers are non-refundable, unless the team or individual cancels by Friday, May 2, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EDT, or the airlines change a team’s itinerary with a late arrival or destination airport change.  All refund requests must be supported with proper documentation.

Every effort is made to ensure a timely airport transfer for each and every guest. However, sometimes there are extenuating circumstances outside of our control (ie. bus malfunction or weather). Should this occur, the University of Tennessee limits the liability to two times the cost of the transfer.


Traveling by Bus

Complimentary Transfers to Campus for Teams Arriving in Knoxville via the MegaBus!
The MegaBus stop for all arrivals and departures is located at the Knoxville Transit Center, 301 Church Avenue. Please visit to reserve your transfer.

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