Sunsphere Knoxville Tn


The Sunsphere, in Knoxville, TN is 266 ft high hexagonal steel truss structure, topped with a 75 ft gold-colored glass sphere that served as the symbol of the 1982 World's Fair.

During the fair it cost $2 to take the elevator to its observation deck. The tower served as a restaurant and featured food items such as the Sunburger and a rum and fruit juice cocktail called the Sunburst.

  • An episode of The Simpsons features the Sunsphere. Bart and three friends: Nelson, Martin and Milhouse travel to Knoxville to visit the World's Fair, only to learn they are over a decade too late. The Sunsphere has become a dilapidated storage warehouse for a wig store, known as "The Wigsphere." Nelson then topples the Sunsphere after he throws a rock at it causing it to land on top of and completely crush their rental car, stranding them in Knoxville.

The Sunsphere and the Tennessee Amphitheater are the only structures that remain from the 1982 World's Fair.




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