📅July 10th, 2014, 02:15

SCGIQ_logoHundreds of gamers will compete for $5,000 in cash prizes at the “Magic: The Gathering” Premier Invitational Qualifier team tournament at the Knoxville Convention Center on Saturday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Members of the top four teams in Knoxville’s Premier Invitational Qualifier tournament will qualify for a Star City Games Invitational offering $50,000 in cash prizes.

“Magic: The Gathering” is the largest gaming brand in the United States and has been the largest and most popular collectible card game in the world since its introduction in 1993. “Magic: the Gathering” has millions of players worldwide. is headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia, and is the world’s largest “Magic: The Gathering” store. The Open Series is the world’s largest independent “Magic: The Gathering” tournament circuit, awarding more than $1 million in cash prizes annually, along with Invitational Qualifiers and In-Store Play programs for game stores all over the world.

Entry fees are $40 per player ($120 per three-player team). Registration lasts from 8-8:50 a.m. and the tournament will begin at 9 a.m. in Convention Center Ballroom A, B and C.

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 27,000 square-foot divisible ballroom and multiple versatile 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