The Nashville Music City Center sits just south of Broadway on a on a 16-acre site that runs from 5th Avenue to 8th Avenue, west to east, and from Demonbreun Street to Franklin Street, or the future Korean Veterans Boulevard, north to south. It is adjacent to both the Bridgestone Arena and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The Nashville Music City Center is 1.2 million square feet and features a 350,000 square foot exhibit hall, a 57,000 grand ballroom and 18,000 square foot junior ballroom, and 1,800 parking spaces. It also offers 90,000 square feet of meeting room space – approximately 60 meeting rooms – and 32 loading docks that provide ultimate flexibility and ease of loading in and out for convention planners.
Designed by Atlanta-based Thompson, Ventulett, and Stainback Associates and Nashville-based Tuck Hinton Architects and Moody-Nolan Architects, the convention center is certified Silver Level LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Key to the building’s LEED status include a 360,000 gallon retention tank. Run-off water stored in the tank will be used to irrigate the four-acre green roof and outside landscaping and to flush the building’s hundreds of toilets.
The convention center was designed to be Nashville’s landmark building, marked by an extensive outdoor border of green space adjacent to the Country Music Hall of Fame, suitable for outdoor concerts and events. Both the exterior and interior feature public art components.
Korean Veterans Boulevard has been extended along the southern border of the Music City Center, and features a broad median marked by plantings of trees and grass, culminating in a roundabout at 8th Avenue.