The new downtown Music City Center is now six months into its first year of operation.
The building was initially sold as a means of attracting bigger and more conventions to Nashville, which it has partly done.
The Music City Center brought in $26 million during its first quarter and booked 18,000 hotel rooms.
Projections for the project from 2010 predicted the center would be responsible for more than 330,000 hotel room bookings in 2013.
However, the projection for the number of hotel rooms booked by the end of the year will not be reached in part because both the MCC and Omni Hotel opened later than the projected date.
Also, upon being built, it was promised the Music City Center would not cause a tax increase, however there is now a proposal before the Metro Council for a fee to be charged on goods sold downtown to be used by the convention center to off set costs of conventions and to be used for marketing the MCC or other convention related expenses.
Critics of the project say the proposal breaks the promise of not increasing taxes to pay for the construction and operation of the MCC.
However, those who run the center point out other cities have similar fees and the fee would out the MCC on a level playing field.
Officials said for 2014 and 2015, the Music City Center has already booked large conventions.
- May 20, 2013: Mayor cuts ribbon to Music City Center
- May 20, 2013: Planners looking at convention center growth
- May 19, 2013: 15,000 tour Music City Center grand opening
- May 19, 2013: Music City Center opens doors to public
- May 17, 2013: Music City Center kitchen expected to make thousands of meals per day
- May 17, 2013: Music City Center adds parking to downtown
- May 10, 2013: Music City Center's ballroom features guitar shaped ceiling
- May 10, 2013: Green initiatives made top priority for Music City Center
- Feb. 21, 2013: Church sells property to allow for new hotel near Music City Center
- Feb. 5, 2013: Music City Center to open May 19
- Jan. 28, 2013: Hundreds of solar panels to be installed on Music City Center's roof
- Jan. 4, 2013: 117 days remain on Music City Center construction
- Nov. 9, 2012: Visitors' exec. says city struggling to get conventions
- July 17, 2012: 700K hotel room nights booked in advance at Music City Center
- June 28, 2012: Music City Center more than three fourths complete
- June 15, 2012: Omni Hotel just over year away from completion
- April 30, 2012: Music City Center 1 year away from completion
- Jan. 13, 2012: Music City Center faces minor setback
- Jan. 9, 2012: Music City Center already pre-booked 600,000 room nights
- Nov. 28, 2011: Music City Center more than halfway complete
- Nov. 2, 2011: Construction on Music City Center reaches halfway mark
- June 13, 2011: Music City Center making fast progress
- March 31, 2011: Road construction to continue around MCC
- Feb. 17, 2011: Downtown road construction drags on
- Jan. 20, 2011: Construction workers claim too many out-of-state jobs at MCC
- Jan. 16, 2011: Downtown intersection reduced to 2 lanes for construction
- Jan. 13, 2011: Music City Center making fast progress
- Sept. 9, 2010: Construction continues on new Music City Center
- Aug. 24, 2010: Omni to build $250M convention center hotel
- March 22, 2010: Official groundbreaking held for Music City Center
- March 11, 2010: Music City Center creates construction jobs
- March 9, 2010: Blasting begins for new Music City Center
- Feb. 26, 2010: Convention center construction hits full throttle
- Feb. 8, 2010: Crews tear down first building in Music City Center's footprint
- Feb. 7, 2010: Auto shop relocates to accommodate convention center
- Feb. 4, 2010: Find alternative parking during downtown construction
- Jan. 21, 2010: Proposed Music City Center plans first conventions
- Jan. 20, 2010: Music City Center, Medical mart concerns addressed
- Jan. 20, 2010: Convention center given green light: Now what?
- Jan. 20, 2010: Convention center approval clears way for medical mart
- Jan. 19, 2010: Convention center approved, plans move forward
- Jan. 19, 2010: Council approves convention center financing package