Music City Center to open May 19 - WKRN News 2

Music City Center to open May 19

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The new Music City Center will open Sunday, May 19 with a two-day grand opening celebration.

The grand opening will include a free open house featuring live, local music on both May 19 and May 20, as well as a free street party and outdoor concert on May 20.  Details about the May 20 concert, including the lineup and headliner, will be announced in the coming weeks.

Additionally, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean will present his State of Metro address at the new center on May 20.

Construction on the $585 million facility began in January of 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 including 1.2 million square feet of public space.

Major features include a public art collection comprised of more than 80 pieces and a 57,500 square feet grand ballroom which seats 6,000 people.

"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," Mayor Dean said in a release.

Green features include solar panels and a green roof and 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% of conventions in the country, compared to 25% that can currently be accommodated at the Nashville Convention Center.

Dean concluded, "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."

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