SEP 2017

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 7 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 60 T E N N E S S E E • The Inn at Opryland, A Gaylord Hotel: 303 guest rooms; theater-seating capacity of 450 • Nashville Airport Marriott: 392 guest rooms; maximum banquet capacity of 650 • Nashville Municipal Auditorium: 9,432 theater-seating capacity • Bridgestone Arena: multipurpose event venue with 20,000-person capacity • Scarritt Bennett Center: 112 guest rooms; 25 meeting rooms; classroom capac- ity of 152 Rutherford County Just south of Nashville, the cities of Murfrees- boro (home to Middle Tennessee State Uni- versity), Smyrna, La Vergne and Eagleville make up Rutherford County. According to the Rutherford County CVB, the area offers plan- ners more than 4,200 area hotel rooms and 110,000 square feet of meeting space in more than 100 venues, including Oaklands Historic House Museum (reception capacity of 150), and classroom and multipurpose space on the campus of Middle Tennessee State Uni- versity. Embassy Suites has 283 guest rooms and more than 40,000 square feet of function space, with a variety of event and meeting rooms. Clarion Inn and Suites has 179 guest rooms, and can host up to 329 people for re- ceptions and offers an additional 1,122 square feet of usable mezzanine space. DoubleTree by Hilton has 4,000 square feet of event space while the Hilton Garden Inn in Smyrna has 112 guest rooms and features a 2,106-square- foot ballroom. There are numerous hotels with smaller meeting spaces in Murfreesboro and Smyrna. Three new hotels have opened in the past year, according to the CVB: Courtyard Mur- freesboro, with 1,944 square feet of event space; and TownePlace Suites and Uptown Suites in Smyrna. A dual-branded Home2 Suites & Tru by Hilton will open in Murfrees- boro by the end of 2017. Other nontraditional venues include Patter- son Park Community Center, with a 305-seat theater and three additional meeting spaces; Smyrna Event Center, with a maximum ca- pacity of 250; the Tennessee Miller Coliseum, with stadium seating for up to 4,600; and agri-tourism venues such as The Grove and The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum offers premier meeting and event space in one of Nashville's top attractions, providing peace of mind for planners, with genuine Southern hospitality and the simplicity that comes from the facility's one-stop shop approach. From red-car- pet arrivals and dramatic lighting to commemorative Hatch Show Print posters, the venue strives to create events that attendees will remember for a lifetime. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum tells the story of America's music with permanent and rotating exhibits, and more than 2.5 million artifacts in its collec- tion. Group events can include private tours and concerts. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum offers a variety of memorable event spaces, including the dramatic Hall of Fame Rotunda and two theaters: the 800-seat CMA Theater and the smaller 213-seat Ford Theater. Meals at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum are memorable, too. Planners can trust the professional and knowledgeable staff and rest easy, knowing that every detail will be handled with care for a unique Nash- ville experience like no other. Chefs create inventive, sophisticated fare inspired by the culture and cuisine of the South, and pride themselves on the quality of made-from- scratch recipes featuring only the freshest ingredients, with an emphasis on locally grown produce. The staff's goal is to provide impecca- ble service to make any event feel like an intimate dining experience, with a passion that touches every part of an event from the thoughtful preparation to the artful presenta- tion of a customized menu. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Contact: Country Music Hall of Fame

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