Gatlinburg SkyBridge closes after visitor does baseball slide, cracks glass panel (Tennessee)


SkyBridge is America’s longest pedestrian-only suspension bridge.

Gatlinburg’s SkyBridge is expected to reopen today after a visitor’s slide cracked one of the glass panels on the 680-foot-long suspension bridge.

SkyBridge operator SkyLife Park said the bridge was cracked in the upper layer of one of its glass panels. The incident occurred at around 8:30 p.m. Monday night.

The bridge was closed following the incident and is expected to reopen today.

“A guest opting to not comply with posted rules of “no running, jumping, or bouncing” on the bridge, attempted a baseball-style slide across the glass and upon impact, a metal object on the guest’s clothing chipped the glass, resulting in noticeable cracks in the protective top layer of one glass panel,” park officials said in a statement.

The bridge features three glass panels – each measuring 5 feet by 5 feet – at its center. The structural glass is three-ply with the upper layer serving solely to protect the additional layers and does not affect structural integrity in any way, the park said.

No injuries occurred in the incident and guests were not in any danger.

Repairs are underway and will be completed early Tuesday.