Nashville Municipal Auditorium
|Address||417 Fourth Avenue North|
|Owner||Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County, Tennessee|
|Operator||Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County, Tennessee|
|Capacity||9,700 in the round|
9,432 in the round (reserved)
|Field size||200,000 sq ft (19,000 m2)|
|Opened||October 7, 1962|
|Construction cost||US$5 million |
($44.8 million in 2021 dollars)
|Architect||Marr & Holman|
|Structural engineer||N.J. Olson|
|General contractor||Nashville Bridge Company|
|Main contractors||Rock City Contracting Co.|
|Nashville Dixie Flyers (EHL) 1962–1971|
Nashville South Stars (CHL) 1981–1983
Nashville Knights (ECHL) 1989–1996
Nashville Stars (WBL) 1991
Music City Jammers (GBA) 1991–1992
Nashville Nighthawks/Ice Flyers (CHL) 1996–1998
Nashville Noise (ABL) 1998
Belmont Bruins (NCAA) 2001–2003
Nashville Rollergirls (WFTDA) 2006–2019
Nashville Broncs (ABA) 2008–2009
Nashville Venom (PIFL) 2014–2015
Nashville Knights (LFL) 2018–2019
|Nashville Municipal Auditorium|
The Nashville Municipal Auditorium is an indoor sports and concert venue in Nashville, Tennessee. It opened October 7, 1962 with both an arena and exhibition hall. The former exhibition hall has been permanent home to the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum since 2013.
Nashville Municipal Auditorium was previously home to various teams, most notably the Belmont Bruins of the National Collegiate Athletic Association from 2001–2003. The venue has hosted major events including the CMA Awards (1967), Volunteer Jam (1976–1985), WrestleWar (1989), No Holds Barred: The Match/The Movie (1989), Starrcade (1994–1996), In Your House (1995), U.S. Figure Skating Championships (1997), SuperBrawl (2001). Slammiversary (2007), Lockdown (2012), CMT Music Awards (2022) and Ric Flair's Last Match (2022).
The venue was built on the site of Bijou Amusement Company’s former Bijou Theatre as part of an urban renewal plan. Bijou Theatre was frequented by African American audiences prior to desegregation.
Opening and reception
The walls of the upper and lower concourses are decorated with enlarged ticket stubs from events and concerts the venue hosted between 1962 and 2010.
It hosted WWF's No Holds Barred: The Match/The Movie pay-per-view special in December 1989, WWF's SummerSlam Spectacular broadcast in August 1992, as well as WWF In Your House 2: The Lumberjacks in 1995.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling held their first events at the venue in June 2002 before moving to Tennessee State Fairgrounds. The venue also hosted TNA Wrestling's Slammiversary 2007 and Lockdown 2012.
Ric Flair's Last Match took place at the venue in July 2022.
The venue hosted the 1994 Coca-Cola National Gymnastics Championships.
The 3rd GMA Dove Awards were held at the venue on October 9, 1971.
The 35th GMA Dove Awards were held at the venue on April 28, 2004.
The 29th Stellar Awards were held at the venue on January 18, 2014.
The 2022 CMT Music Awards were held at the venue on April 11, 2022.
President Donald Trump appeared on March 15, 2017 for a rally and speech. According to a public address announcement in the venue, thousands more were unable to attend leaving empty seats in the upper level. This announcement was highly controversial as there was no evidence the upper level tickets were ever sold.
Musicians' Hall of Fame and Museum
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- The Oklahoman (August 24, 1994). "Gymnasts Qualify For Nationals". Oklahoman. Retrieved July 29, 2022.
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- BubbleUp, LTD. (October 3, 2016). "Charlie Daniels 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam is the Hottest Ticket in Town-Announces Additional Tickets on Sale By Popular Demand". The Charlie Daniels Band. Retrieved July 29, 2022.
- "Calendar of Shows". Archived from the original on 2010-01-07.
- Boucher, Dave; Garrison, Joey; Ebert, Joel (15 March 2017). "Trump in Nashville: 'Time for us to embrace our glorious national destiny'". tennessean.com. The Tennessean. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
- Linebaugh, Mack (15 March 2017). "Liveblog: President Trump's Nashville Visit". Retrieved 16 March 2017.
- Williams, William (November 7, 2012). "Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum shoots for year-end opening". NashvillePost.com. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
|Events and tenants|
| Host of CMA Awards
|Preceded by|| Host of Volunteer Jam
| Host of WrestleWar
|Preceded by|| Host of Starrcade
|Preceded by|| Host of U.S. Figure Skating Championships
|Preceded by|| Host of SuperBrawl
| Home of Belmont Bruins
|Preceded by|| Host of Slammiversary
|Preceded by|| Host of Lockdown
|Preceded by|| Host of CMT Music Awards