Music City Center Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary

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Music City Center Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary

CREATED May 20, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/NewsChannel 5) - The Music City Center, Nashville's $623 million convention center that dominates six city blocks downtown, celebrated its one-year anniversary Tuesday.

Tuesday's celebration included a cake shaped like the convention center and refreshments on the Fifth Avenue Terrace.

The 1.2 million-square-foot center opened with great fanfare last year as Mayor Karl Dean announced that the city had met its goal of 1 million hotel rooms being booked even before the facility had opened.

Attendance is up from from an average of 1,500 attendees per event at the old convention center to more than 6,500 attendees at Music City Center.

More than 2-million room nights have been booked in hotels through 2026. The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. said they believe economic impact on downtown Nashville will top $5-billion in their first year.

In August, Music City Center will host what people call the Super Bowl of conventions. More than 6,000 executives who book conventions and meetings around the country will be in town.

In 2015, the American Truckers Association, the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament, the National School Boards and the NRA have scheduled conventions. The NRA is expected to attract 70,000 people to Nashville.

Before and during construction some people worried about the cost. Music City Center CEO and President Charles Starks said that tax revenues have exceeded all projections.

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