Nashville’s Music City Center Gets Nod for Expansion

January 18, 2017

Three years after Nashville’s Music City Center was built, the local Convention Center Authority just approved to expand the venue.

The center now has a $19.9 million construction budget to build a new food and beverage outlet and expand the Exhibit Hall and Davidson Ballroom concourse space.

“We are thrilled that the Authority agrees we should continue to invest in and enhance the Music City Center,” said Charles Starks, president and CEO of the Music City Center.

He added, “As we have listened to our meeting planners’ feedback over the last three years, we’ve identified these as areas we can expand upon to better the customer experience. With the new hotels and development on 8th Avenue, we feel this is the right time and the right place to make these improvements.”

The expansion will add 5,000 square feet of additional concourse space and 4,350 sq. ft. of retail and kitchen space on the Exhibit Hall level, as well as 2,000 sq. ft. of additional prefunction space outside the Davidson Ballroom.

The new food and beverage outlet, which will be operated by the Music City Center’s culinary team, will be located on the third level of the Music City Center and accessible from inside the building, as well as from Demonbreun and 8th Avenue.

The concourse space adjacent to the new market will be expanded to allow for a registration area on the Exhibit Hall level.

The Davidson Ballroom concourse also will be extended to accommodate registration and receptions.

Construction will begin immediately and is slated for completion by the end of year.

The Music City Center currently has 350,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space and is on tap to host next year’s Professional Convention Management Association’s Convening Leaders annual meeting.

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