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Nashville's Music City Center, which opened to the public on Sunday, "is the shiniest new convention penny in the world," said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation. The 1.2 million-square-foot center covers more than six downtown blocks.
Warm-toned wood and curving lines evoke guitars and sound waves. Music — opera, country, blues, soul, bluegrass — filled the center during its grand opening, showing off Music City's musical diversity, and the center's acoustics.
The Nashville Symphony presented the very first concert to be performed in the Grand Ballroom. The ballroom is designed so that guests feel as if they are sitting inside of an acoustic guitar. (A very large acoustic guitar: the ballroom is 57,000 square feet.)
The convention center staff served thousands of slices of celebratory red velvet and carrot cake. Also on the menu for the grand opening party: Southern favorites including mac'n cheese, chili, and grilled-cheese sandwiches.
The opening celebration showcased the capacity of the 8-acre Music City Center Exhibit Hall with a range of activities, including a 300-foot zip line, a bungee jump (pictured), a climbing wall, roving entertainers, and lots more.
Music City Center was designed with multiple outside spaces for events and informal gatherings, including this terrace outside the Davidson Ballroom.
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