by Michael C. Lowe | December 01, 2011
The hotly anticipated new 1.2 million-square-foot Music City Center currently is under construction. Upon opening in 2013, the facility will include a 350,000-square-foot exhibit space, 90,000 square feet of meeting rooms, a 57,000-square-foot ballroom with a built-in stage, and an 18,000-square-foot junior ballroom. The center will feature a green roof and is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification.
The Country Music Hall of Fame currently is expanding its 140,000-square-foot facility. The project, to be completed in 2013, will more than double the venue's current size and connect it to the Omni Nashville Hotel. New to the museum will be a 20,000-square-foot glass-enclosed ballroom with views of Nashville's skyline, as well as an 800-seat theater.

The 800-room Omni Nashville Hotel is scheduled to open in late 2013 and will operate as the headquarters hotel for the Music City Center. The $250 million property will have more than 80,000 square feet of function space and will be connected to the newly expanded Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The hotel will offer several dining options, retail space, a pool and the brand's signature Mokara spa.

The Radisson Hotel at Opryland,  owned and operated by Gaylord Hotels, completed a $7 million renovation this past June. The redesign included upgrades to all 303 guest rooms, the lobby, meeting rooms, banquet areas, guest corridors and the indoor pool. New to the property is the Opry Backstage Grill, a 200-seat full-service restaurant offering Southern cuisine. The hotel includes more than 16,000 square feet of meeting space.

Meeting Hotels
 Among the many properties in Nashville's bustling downtown are the 2,881-room Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center Nashville, 673-room Renaissance Nashville Hotel, 474-room Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel, 410-room Sheraton Music City Hotel Nashville, 392-room Nashville Airport Marriott, 382-room Holiday Inn Select Opryland-Airport, 340-room Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, 337-room Doubletree Hotel Nashville, 330-room Hilton Nashville Downtown, 303-room Radisson Hotel at Opryland, 301-room Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University, 296-room Embassy Suites Nashville-Airport, 287-room Millennium Maxwell House Hotel-Nashville, 248-room Hutton Hotel, 200-room Hotel Preston, 137-room Union Station-A Wyndham Historic Hotel and 122-room Hermitage Hotel.

Convention Centers
Gaylord Opryland Convention Center; exhibit space, 263,772 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 84; (615) 458-2800

Nashville Convention Center; exhibit space, approximately 118,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 25; (615) 742-2000