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Nashville’s Convention Centre Adding Space

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A construction project of almost $20 million at The Music City Center will add a food and beverage outlet and expand the exhibit hall and Davidson Ballroom concourse space, it was announced Jan. 5.


A rendering of the exhibit hall concourse.

The expansion will add 5,000 square feet of concourse space and 4,350 square feet of retail and kitchen space on the Exhibit Hall level, as well as 2,000 square feet of prefunction space outside the Davidson Ballroom.

To be operated by the Music City Center’s culinary team, the new food and beverage outlet will be located on the third level of the Music City Center and will be accessible from inside the building as well as from Demonbreun and 8th 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 will also be extended to accommodate registration and receptions. Construction will begin immediately and is slated for completion by the end of the year.

“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,” said Charles Starks, president/CEO of the Music City Center. “With the new hotels and development on 8th Avenue, we feel this is the right time and the right place to make these improvements.”

In addition, the Convention Center Authority also voted to join Tennessee Thrives, a coalition of businesses committed to a thriving Tennessee that welcomes all. The Music City Center joins over 200 businesses statewide that believe equal treatment of all residents and visitors is essential to Tennessee’s success.

Nashville’s convention centre features a 353,143-square-foot exhibit hall, the 57,500-square-foot Karl F. Dean Grand Ballroom, and an 18,000-square-foot Davidson Ballroom. The building includes a collection featuring local and regional artists, a covered three-level parking garage with 1,800 spaces, and is LEED Gold certified. The Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame is also located inside the venue.