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Mayor leads tour of new Music City Center

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The doors of the new Music City Center officially open Sunday, but Mayor Karl Dean offered a sneak-peak tour for media Wednesday inside the 1.2-million-square-foot facility.

The mayor highlighted many of the features at the impressive convention center, including its exhibit hall, grand ballroom, kitchen and loading dock, and he showcased the green roof and its many sustainability efforts.

"The building speaks for itself," Dean said. "It was important that it be something special."

Details throughout the building are designed to reflect Nashville's past and look ahead to its potential, including musical instruments in the railings and a guitar-shaped ceiling in the ballroom.

"One of the things I've always been interested in is not seeing a box, and this building is not that," Dean said. "It is more attractive to me in its final appearance than it was in the renderings."

In the exhibit hall alone, the mayor said, there is room for four 747s airplanes with about 50 feet to spare.

More than 100 pieces of art decorate a facility that also boasts some of the city's best skyline views.

Event planners at the Music City Center said they are already ahead of schedule with the number of conventions booked for the facility. In fact, there are already events on the calendar through the year 2026.

The Music City Center is also the permanent home to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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