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15,000 tour the Music City Center grand opening

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

At least 15,000 people flocked to downtown Nashville Sunday afternoon for their first glimpse inside the city's newest landmark, the Music City Center.

After three years of construction and $600 million dollars in cost, the center is now complete and the citizens of Nashville got a chance to see what they paid for.

Holly Smith said "It is really nice a really nice building for the community."

"It is the first time that everybody in the public is invited in, so you are the pioneers here," said Mayor Dean.

Hundreds of people put on their walking shoes and filed in behind the mayor as he led the parade around the six acre site of the Music City Center.

"This convention center is so ideally located in terms of being two blocks from the honky tonks, about three or four blocks from the Frist Museum, it is near the symphony, it is near the Bridgestone, it is near the Ryman. Somebody comes to our city they are going to be able to stay downtown and see it all," said Mayor Dean.

The mayor calls it a game changer for how the city does convention business.

"It is great you know I mean it is going to bring a lot of growth to Nashville you know, especially businesses," said Ellis Woodall.

Along with an exhibition hall to hold four 747-airplanes, a Grand Ballroom that looks like the inside of a guitar, and huge, light filled hallways, those inside the convention center experienced world-class music, free food, and even a zip line for young and old.

The first music played in the 6000 seat Grand Ballroom was Beethoven's 5th which was performed by the Nashville Symphony.

Outside, numerous artists played on closed-off 5th Avenue in the shadow of the building‘s giant plaza.

"Amazing," was the word heard over and over again by those both inside and outside of the Music City Center.

Music filled the halls and atrium. Music is a big theme of the new building; it is home to the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

"Well you know for years we have hoped that we could have a Songwriters Hall of Fame a physical presence we never dreamed of anything as nice as this," said entertainer Bill Anderson.

To hear good music and check out the newest edition to the Nashville skyline, the ribbon cutting ceremony begins at 9 a.m. Monday followed by the Mayor's State of Metro Address.

The community will be welcomed back for an open house that starts at 5 p.m. then the grand opening concert kicks off at 6 p.m.

The concert will feature performances by The Time Jumpers with Vince Gill, The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Mikky Ekko and Sheryl Crow.

Fireworks are scheduled to start at 8:50 p.m.

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