Architects unveiled their vision for the new convention center in downtown Nashville on Thursday.
The proposed Music City Center will be built in the area bordered by 5th Avenue South and 8th Avenue, Demonbreun Street and Franklin Street.
It is estimated to cost $455 million.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean told a crowd gathered at the Adventure Science Center Thursday morning the new center is essential in attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to Music City.
"This is not something where we are building a facility to entertain ourselves," he said. "We are building a facility that will attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to our city, will bring in hundreds of thousands of tax non-property tax dollars in terms of increased revenues for schools, police. Invest in ourselves."
Thursday's design meeting was open to the public.
The promise of the new convention center played a vital role in the NCAA's decision to bring the Women's Final Four to Nashville in 2014.
The tournament may be relocated, if plans don't proceed on schedule.
The current convention center is located on Broadway, across from the Sommet Center.