maple hall is a boutique 11-lane bowling alley located in the historic J.C. Penney building in the heart of downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. We offer a full-service bar, small plates, cozy lounge areas, a live stage and a 2-lane private VIP room.
Maple Hall is not just a bowling alley. We are a spirited bowling experience that can host every kind of party including corporate events, birthday parties (kids and adults), holiday parties, class reunions, bachelor/bachelorette parties, fundraisers, group outings and more. Plan your party now
building history In the mid-1800s, on what is now the building site, lay East Tennessee’s first baseball field. In fact, third base line ran right through the site as Gay street onlookers cheered on Union and Confederate opponents. The site also hosted many circuses and other spectacles as its extreme elevation drop-off made for natural amphitheater seating along Gay street. The Penney’s building is composed of three buildings that were constructed in 1898 after a fire destroyed the entire block in 1897. JC Penney occupied the two southern buildings and the Federal Bakery operated out of the northern building until JC Penney combined the buildings and operated until 1980. JC Penney, himself, visited the building frequently. The property had been vacant from 1980 on, and fell into great despair until the partnership of Hatcher-Hill and Associates GP was formed in 2013. That’s where Maple Hall’s story really took off. Greg and Kevin signed the lease for the basement space in 2013 and together with an amazing team of engineers, architects, designers, and contractors have built one of the most unique urban experiences in the country. Come enjoy Maple Hall’s spirited bowling experience that’s unlike anything you’ve been to.
where is maple hall?
Maple Hall’s address is 414 S Gay St – We are located on historic Gay Street between Babalu and Downtown Grill & Brewery.
what is your age and id policy?
Maple Hall is an all ages facility until 9:00 pm when we become 21+ unless it is a child with a parent. We ID everyone as a policy and guests must have a valid ID to drink alcoholic beverages or to enter the establishment after 9:00 pm. Also, please note that a parent or guardian must accompany all guests under the age of 18.
The Upstairs at Maple Hall is always 21+ (regardless of parent or guardian).
where do I park?
There are hundreds of parking spots behind our building in the Promenade or State Street Garage. Parking is free after 6 and on weekends in all city lots and garages.
what if our family is not finished with our game at 9 pm?
Our guests will not be asked to leave the facility as the clock strikes 9:00 pm. However, we will enforce a time limit if a game extends too far beyond 9:00 pm.
can I reserve a lane?
Lanes are filled on a first come first serve basis. If you would like to make a special reservation, we rent our 2 lane private room, the 4 lane room, or our entire space (rates and details can be found here). Please contact us at 865-249-8454 to book your party today. If you are concerned about getting a lane, feel free to come early and put your name on the bowling list.
how much does it cost to bowl?
Lanes are priced by the hour, not by the game. Visit our Rates page for more details about pricing.
do you require bowling shoes?
Yes, bowling shoes are required for all bowler and may be rented for $3.5 per pair.
can I bring my own ball or shoes?
Absolutely! The more colorful the better!
do I need socks?
Yes. And we can sell them to you if you need some.
what are your options for parties?
We have several options for party options for adults, kids or both. Please see our Plan A Party page for more info.
how much does it cost to rent the private room?
Our private room costs $125 an hour Monday – Thursday and $150 an hour Friday and Saturday with a 2-hour minimum reservation and a 3-hour maximum. When renting for three hours, there is a $50 discount. The cozy space is equipped with 2 lanes, 2 giant TVs and can comfortably accommodate 20-25 people.
can I just walk-in or do I need a reservation to bowl?
Most of our lanes are available on a first come first serve basis. If a lane isn’t available when you arrive, we’ll take your info and text or call you as soon as one opens up. While you wait for a lane you can: * Enjoy a drink at our giant bar * Relax in one of our several comfy lounge spaces * Listen to live music * Enjoy one of our delicious small plates. We encourage you to rent the private room if you are interested in securing lanes for a specific time.
what is the typical wait on a Friday or Saturday night around 9 pm?
The wait for a lane depends upon a number of things including events booked for that night, the size of groups bowling, the number of groups on the waitlist and more. We’ll do our best to give you an estimated wait time and in the meantime you can experience one of Knoxville’s coolest atmospheres. If you are looking for lanes for a large group of people, we encourage you to request a private room reservation by going to our Plan a Party page or by calling 865-249-8454.