You Simply Have to Be Here: Music City Center Opening
One of those once-in-a-lifetime moments will happen for Music City May 19-20. The long-awaited opening of the 2.1 million square foot Music City Center will be celebrated during two days of Grand Opening festivities. So drop what you’re doing and make your way to Nashville for the festivities. Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, the Fisk Jubilee Singers and Phil Vassar will all be here. Don’t miss the music, fun and fireworks as Nashville celebrates the opening of what is being called a game changer for Music City.
Festivities kick off with a Fun Walk with Mayor Karl Dean at 1:30 p.m. Sunday beginning at the Walk of Fame Park. You can catch a sneak peek of the inside during the public preview tours and open house 2-6 p.m. Live music will be occurring throughout the building, featuring the Grammy Award-winning Nashville Symphony at 3 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom. After your tour, gear up for live music with Phil Vassar and 10 Out of Tenn 2-6 p.m. on the Plaza.
Monday kicks off with the official ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. at 5th Avenue & Demonbreun. A public open house will be 5-7 p.m. with a concert closing out the festivities featuring Sheryl Crow, The Time Jumpers with Vince Gill, Fisk Jubilee Singers and Mikky Ekko.
There’s an interactive feature as well. For all you social media butterflies, as you Instagram and tweet and link to Facebook, use the hashtag #MeetMusicCity to connect with other attendees and to see everyone’s tweets, Nashville-filtered pictures and Facebook updates.
The Music City Center is a 2.1-million-square-foot convention center, which includes parking, and boasts more than 353,000 square feet of exhibit space, 1.2 million square feet of public space and a parking garage holding 1,800 parking spaces. The Center is working towards LEED Silver certification with its green roof, solar panels and its 360,000 gallon rainwater collection tank. Commissioned and acquired artworks from local and national artists will display throughout the Music City Center as one of the largest public art collections in the nation.
The center is much more than a meeting place. With its location in the very heart of downtown Nashville, it will serve as a gathering spot for visitors seeing Nashville for the first time. It is steps from the Ryman Auditorium and the honky tonks along the Broadway strip and music venues that have helped launch some of music’s biggest stars.
Just south of Broadway, the Music City Center is located on a 16-acre site that is adjacent to both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Bridgestone Arena. The convention center was designed with the idea of it being Nashville’s next landmark building, especially with its extensive outdoor green space that can be utilized for outdoor concerts and events.
The Music City Center Grand Opening extravaganza is a Nashville party you won’t want to miss!