Mayor Karl Dean announced today via a press release and his Facebook page — yes, your mayor has a Facebook page — that the long-awaited unveiling of the $585 million, 2.1 million-square-foot (whoa!) downtown convention center Music City Center will take place "Sunday, May 19 and Monday, May 20, and will include a free open house for the community on both days that will feature live, local music." There's a full press release (thanks, NBJ), so I'm just going to go on and copy-and-paste that action:
Details about the May 20 concert, including the lineup and headliner, will be announced in the coming weeks.
“I continue to be impressed by the size and beauty of the Music City Center and encourage Nashvillians to see it for themselves during the grand opening,” Dean said. “There’s no doubt we are a city with momentum, and with the opening of the Music City Center in May, even more tourists and conventioneers will get to see that first hand. We know it’s not going to be the biggest convention facility in the country, but I’m absolutely certain it will be the best.”
Construction on the $585 million facility began in January, 2010 and will be completed on April 30. During May, furniture, fixtures and equipment will be installed, and staff training will continue. Already more than 100 meetings and 800,000 room nights have been booked.
The Music City Center totals 2.1 million square feet. That includes 1.2 million square feet of public space and a 900,000-square-foot garage, which includes 1,800 parking spaces.
See the rest of the release after the jump.
Major features include a public art collection comprised of more than 80 pieces; Sixth Avenue that runs through the building; and the 57,500 square feet Grand Ballroom, which seats 6,000 people. Green features include solar panels and a green roof. The building is on track to receive LEED Silver certification.
Due to its larger size, the Music City Center will be able to host 75 percent of conventions in the country, compared to 25 percent that can currently be accommodated at the Nashville Convention Center.
The grand opening is being organized by the Mayor’s Office, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation and the Nashville Convention Center Authority.
Who's your guess for the concert headliner? My colleague Adam Gold guesses Vince Gill. I'm hoping for Marty Stuart.