by Lisa A. Grimaldi | January 05, 2017

The Convention Center Authority of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County has approved a $19.9 million budget to fund expansions to Nashville's Music City Center. In the plans are the addition of a new food-and-beverage outlet and the expansion of the exhibit hall and the Davidson Ballroom concourse space. The expansion will add 5,000 square feet to the concourse, 4,350 square feet of retail and kitchen space on the exhibit-hall level, and 2,000 square feet of prefunction space outside the Davidson Ballroom. The LEED Gold-certified center currently offers a 353,143-square-foot exhibit hall, the 57,500-square-foot Karl F. Dean Grand Ballroom and the 18,000-square-foot Davidson Ballroom. Construction will begin immediately and is expected to be completed by the end of year.

The new food-and-beverage outlet, which will be operated by the Music City Center's culinary team, will be on the third level of the center, accessible from inside the building as well as from Demonbreun Street and Eighth Avenue. The concourse space adjacent to the new market will be expanded to allow for a registration area on the exhibit-hall level. The Davidson Ballroom concourse also will be extended to accommodate registration and receptions. 

"We are thrilled that the Authority agrees we should continue to invest in and enhance the Music City Center," said Charles Starks, president and CEO of Music City Center. "As we have listened to our meeting planners' feedback over the last three years, we've identified these as areas we can expand upon to better the customer experience. With the new hotels and development on Eighth Avenue, we feel this is the right time and the right place to make these improvements."