GMHG Media Credentials

FAX or EMAIL your request on your company letterhead to:
Frank Ruggiero
Grandfather Mountain
Fax:  828-733-2608

Credentials are available to working press and photographers

  • Please make your requests by Monday, July 4, 2016

    • We need lead time to get your media passes to you through the mail before you depart for the games.
    • Please include your name, media affiliation, mailing address and phone number.
    • Please tell us how many media passes you will need and for which days.
  • If media passes cannot get to you in time
    • They will be left for you to pick up at the entrance gate of the Grandfather Mountain scenic attraction.
    • This is NOT an entrance to the Highland Games, but the entrance to the attraction.
    • Your contacts at the attraction entrance are our manager, Tommy Oakley, and assistant managers at 828-733-4337.
  • Tickets are available only for essential personnel
    • Media tickets are limited by the Games due to parking/viewing area limitations.
  • Tickets are good for Games activities that take place on MacRae Meadows
    • Each media pass is a wristband.
    • Includes events beginning with the Thursday evening opening ceremonies through Sunday afternoon.

Infield Passes

Access to the Infield is through the PRESS TENT on the day of the event

  • The Press Tent is located 75 yards to the right as you face the Reviewing Stand, immediately next to the Athletic Tent.
  • Infield passes are not the same as media passes.


  • Press parking is available at Grandfather Mountain travel attraction.
    • Available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Identify yourself to the staff at the Grandfather Mountain (attraction) entrance gate and they will direct you to the reserved press parking.
  • There is no public parking at the Games field.
    • Off-site parking is available at a variety of satellite lots.
    • Continuous shuttle service is provided from Boone, Linville and Newland for a fee
    • See the Highland Games website for more information at

Lodging/Area Travel Information

For assistance with lodging or for area travel information, call our mountain area travel information office, High Country Host, at 800-438-7500 any day between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or visit them on the Web at

For Further Assistance

Frank Ruggiero, Director of Marketing & Communications
828-733-2013 extension *811