Slideshow: Nashville’s First Look At New Convention Center

The Music City Center opened its doors to the public for the first time Sunday afternoon. The grand opening continues with a ribbon-cutting and concert Monday evening.

An embellished suit made by Nudie and worn by Bill Anderson and guitars belonging to Vince Gill and Garth Brooks catch attention next to the Songwriters Hall of Fame exhibit near the 6th Avenue entrance. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN'Whispering Bill' Anderson was among a handful of country music stars spotted in the crowd. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLNFisk professor Alicia Henry's 'Intimacy and Peace' dominates a downstairs wall. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLNAn indoor zipline helped show off the exhibit hall's size. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLNMusician Carolyn Martin serenades a woman who requested 'Always On My Mind.' Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLNLooking down from the escalator landing shows how many people were drawn to the bank of touch-screen computers with biographies and music videos featuring Songwriters Hall of Fame. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLNVisitors stop on the landing between escalators to take in the view. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLNThe crowd seemed drawn to every spot that offered a view, especially the handful of small, covered balconies. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLNNearly every seat in the ballroom was full for the orchestra performance, with half as many people standing in the rear of the room. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLNKelly Corcoran conducts the Nashville Symphony in the Grand Ballroom. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLNThe small windows jutting out through the exterior were very popular and rarely empty. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN'Euphony,' a dramatic, curving curtain of beaded chain made by Ball-Nogues Studio drew lots of attention. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLNGuitarists Bob Fortner and Mark Dreyer entertain the crowds on the escalator. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLNA MCC official points to the ceiling of the exhibit hall as he leads a small group on a tour of the building. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLNEven with more than a dozen activities like bounce-houses and slides, an indoor zipline and a climbing wall, the exhibit hall was half-empty. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLNThe side of the building facing Demonbreun offered multiple angles for people-watching. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLNThe Dixie Chords represented Nashville's connection to Barbershop Harmony as one of the many performing groups stationed along the building's walkways. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLNThe public day was the first major test of how the buildings will operate with a full-size crowd. Several elevators were down for much of the afternoon. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLNA concession booth on the exhibit hall floor gave food samples: gourmet grilled cheese and soup. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLNA crowd formed around the one window that gives a glimpse of the green roof. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLNCarpeting along the main concourse has a design that echoes sound waveforms. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLNAt the end of the afternoon, much of the crowd moved outside for a concert by Phil Vassar. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLNThis window near the Grand Ballroom gives a three-sided view of downtown Nashville. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLNA top-floor walkway gives a up-close view of Aaron Stephan's 'Composition.' Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN Sixth Avenue opened for traffic through the building, between Demonbreun and Korean Veterans Boulevard. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN
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