By Jer’Mykeal McCoy
Phresh & Professional
Yesterday, Nashville unveiled its newest and most expensive addition to the downtown area – The Music City Center.
The conclusion to $600 million dollar project was kicked off Sunday as apart of two days worth of festivities that ended with a Grand Opening Concert featuring Sheryl Crow, The Time Jumpers with Vince Gill, Fisk Jubilee Singers, and Mikky Ekk0.
The 2.1 million square foot Music City Center has: 13,500 light fixtures, 350,000 square feet of exhibit space, 845 solar panels, 11,000 dinner plates, and a 60-piece art collection, according to visitmusiccity.com.
The center’s conception came after a 2004 study by Metro Nashville recommending the construction of additional convention space, either through expansion of the existing Nashville Convention Center or development of a new downtown convention center, according to its website.
In January 2010, the Council overwhelmingly voted to approve construction and the official groundbreaking for the Music City Center was held March 22, 2010 and ended with last night’s festivities.
The Music City Center sits just south of Broadway on a 16-acre site that stretches from 5th Avenue to 8th Avenue (with 6th Avenue running directly through the structure), west to east, and from Demonbreun Street to Franklin Street.