NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State Fairgrounds will likely soon be vacant, leaving annual events held at the grounds with nowhere to go.
The current fairgrounds have not only been the home to the state fair, but also to the Nashville Expo Center, which hosts events such as the Nashville Lawn and Garden Show.
News 2 has learned that one possible new home for the Nashville Expo Center is the old Dillard's location at Hickory Hollow Mall.
The building at the mall offers plenty of parking and easy access to Interstate 24.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean announced last year the fairgrounds property would closed and be redeveloped.
Since then, city leaders have been searching for a new location to hold expo events.
“We have been looking at where we could move the events that take place at the fairgrounds, such as Christmas Village and other events that our scheduled in the fair buildings, and we are looking at a variety of places,” he said Wednesday.
The Hickory Hollow area, according to the mayor, is a “great part of the city and there is certainly a lot of activity there, great access to the interstates, good transportation.”
“It is certainly something that we would definitely consider,” he added. “We are working hard on it and we are hopeful that we will have an announcement in the very near future.”
The fairgrounds property will remain open until December 31.
Mayor Dean said he hopes to be able to make an announcement about the new home soon.
The Tennessee State Fair will also need a new home, and will begin their search at the conclusion of this year's fair, which runs Friday through next Sunday, September 19.