SEP 2018

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S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 8 ²ConventionSouth ² w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 59 Fame ® and Museum, the Westin Nashville has 453 guest rooms and 20,000 square feet of func- tion and meeting space, and the 800-room Omni Nashville offers 80,000 square feet of function space, including the 25,000-square-foot Broad- way Ballroom. A number of new hotels are expected to open within the next several years, according to Visit Music City. Set to open in late 2018 are AC Hotels/Residence Inn/SpringHill Suites by Marriott, with 470 guest rooms and 9,000 square feet of meeting space, and a 169-room Dream Nashville. A 260-room Virgin Hotel, with 10,000 square feet of function space, is set to open in late 2019. Coming in 2020, a 591-room Hyatt Regency is part of the Nashville Yards development, with retail, restaurants, apartments and entertainment venues. The hotel will have 65,000 square feet of meeting space. Also under construction are a 346-room W Hotel, which will have 13,500 square feet of function space, and The Joseph, which will have 300 guest rooms and 12,500 square feet of meeting space. Also new for downtown, Fifth + Broadway is a redevelopment of the former site of the Nashville Convention Center with residences, retail, confer- ence center, rooftop restaurant and new National Museum of African American Music, set to open in 2019. The new 137,000-square-foot Tennessee State Museum opens in October at the Bicenten- nial Mall State Park. The facility will include a 230-seat Digital Learning and Outreach Center. Nissan Stadium, home to the Tennessee Titans, is completing $15 million in improvements, add- ing 68,798 new seats and 68 luxury suites. Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Cen- ter remains one of the city's most comprehensive properties, with 2,884 guest rooms, nine acres of indoor gardens and waterways, and more than 750,000 square feet of indoor event space. Located 10 miles from Nashville International Airport, the resort has 15 eateries and bars, 14 specialty retail shops, a full-service Relâche Spa & Salon, an 18-hole golf course and the General Jackson Showboat. SoundWaves, a $90 million four- acre, three-level indoor/outdoor waterpark with dedicated zones for adults, children and families, is planned to open in late 2018. According to news reports, the new water park will cover over 217,000 square feet, including water slides, food and bar service, and a live entertainment area. A number of other hotels offer significant meeting and event space. The 673-room Renais- sance Nashville has 70,000 square feet of event space and can seat up to 2,100 in theater-style seating; the 482-room Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown has 30,000 square feet of meeting space; and the 410-room Sheraton Music City has 24 function rooms in 33,000 total square feet of function space. Nashville's only Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond Hotel, the historic Hermitage Hotel, has 122 guest rooms and 5,000 square feet of event space. Another historic property, the Union Station Hotel, offers 125 guest rooms and 11,000 square feet of function space for up to 500 guests. ► T E N N E S S E E

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