Nashville Facts

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Everything you need to know about
Nashville, TN!

Whether you're a first time visitor or a local, Nashville is full of new things to discover and experience. Below you will find everything you need to know about your time spent here. If you want specific information choose from the list below or browse through it all and learn about this great city. If you still have questions, check out the links at the bottom of the page or call the Bowl office at 615.743.3130.



Quick Facts

The Arts


Sports Climate


Upcoming Sporting Events

Cost of Living

Historical Sites

Business Climate

Other Places of Interest

Hospitality Industry

Online Resources




Quick Facts

• Nicknames: Music City, Athens of the South
• Population (Nashville/Davidson County): 549,110
• Area: 533 square miles
• Elevation: 550 ft. (168 m)at the lowest point; 1,100 ft. (336 m) at the highest point of the rim around the Nashville basin
• Time Zone: Central Standard Time Zone
• Settled in 1779 on Christmas Eve
• Became state capital permanently in 1843

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Average Temp.

Average High Temp.

Average Low Temp.


59.2 °F

69.8 °F

48.5 °F

Spring (Mar. - May)

58.9 °F

70.0 °F

47.7 °F

Summer (June - Aug.)

78.0 °F

88.7 °F

67.3 °F

Fall (Sept. - Nov.)

60.3 °F

71.5 °F

49.1 °F

Winter (Dec. - Feb.)

39.4 °F

49.1 °F

29.7 °F


Holiday lights downtown


Springis very pleasant in the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee. March tends to be cool at the beginning of the month, warming to the mid-to-upper 60s by the end of the month. Evenings may still be a bit brisk.

Summer is warm and humid. Light, easy clothing makes sightseeing more comfortable.
For fair skin, sunscreen is advisable for a day outdoors.

Fall is a celebrated time throughout Tennessee. Visitors come from all over to see the annual changing of the leaves in mid-October. Days are warm and pleasant. Evenings require a sweater or light jacket. Since the weather is can change quickly, layered clothing is a good idea to accommodate sunny days and cooler nights.

Winter is a great time to visit the city's many attractions decked out in their holiday finery. Nashville really shines throughout the winter. Although the climate is mild, winter temperatures do range from cool to cold. If a snowfall occurs, it is usually in January or February and is seldom heavy.

Precipitation: On average, Nashville gets about 4 inches of precipitation per month. May is the wettest month with about 5.07 inches on average and October is the driest with about 2.87 inches.


Air Travel: The main airport is Nashville International Airport (BNA) and it is located about 8 miles east of the downtown area. There are19 airlines serving 86 markets with more than 422 daily arrivals and departures. Getting to downtown is easy with taxis, buses, shuttles, and rental cars available.

Ground Travel: You can travel to Nashville by bus with Greyhound and the main bus station is downtown. There are also many car rental companies available including Avis, Hertz, Enterprise, Thrifty, Alamo and others. If you plan on driving to Nashville, three interstate highways, I-40, I-24, and I-65, converge in the city. I-440 is an inner beltway and I-840 is an outer beltway, and both intersect the three highways.

• Nashville is centrally located and many other major cities are within driving distance:

Chattanooga, TN - 133 miles Louisville, KY - 174 miles
Birmingham, AL - 193 miles Memphis, TN - 212 miles
Atlanta, GA - 248 miles Cincinatti, OH - 271 miles
Indianapolis, IN - 287 miles St. Louis, MO - 309 miles
Charlotte, NC - 409 miles Chicago, IL - 470 miles

• Once in the city, Nashville Trolley Company services the downtown and the Music Valley Drive/Opryland Hotel area.

Cost of Living

• Nashville consistently ranks among the lowest for cost-of-living in comparable cities across the nation.

• Overall cost of living is only 95.5% of the national average (100%).

• All components (groceries, housing, utilities, etc.) of cost of living are typically below the national average.

Business Climate

Bridgestone Americas, Inc.


• Major industries include tourism, printing and publishing, technology, manufacturing, music production, higher education, finance, insurance, automobile production and health care management.

• Industry breakdown: Services 31.6%; Trade 24.5%; Manufacturing 4.5%;Government 12.9%; Construction and Mining 5.1%; Finance, Insurance and Real Estate 6.4%

• Major Nashville headquarters and facilities:

Aladdin Industries (HQ)

Gaylord Entertainment Company (HQ)

Asurion (HQ)

Genesco (HQ)

Bridgestone (Div. HQ)

HCA- The Healthcare Corporation (HQ)

Caremark (HQ)

Louisiana Pacific (HQ)

Caterpillar Financial (HQ)

Nissan (HQ)

CNA Insurance (Life and Long-term Care HQ)

Primus Automotive Financial Services (HQ)

Cracker Barrel

Saturn Corporation

Dell Computer Corporation

Shoney's (HQ)

Deutschebank, Tennessee (Div. HQ)

UCAR International (HQ)

Dollar General (HQ)

Willis (HQ)


• Nashville was ranked the 15th best U.S. city to live in by the Harris Poll.

Bloomberg BusinessWeek named Franklin, TN (20 miles south of Nashville) as one of the 10 best cities for start-up companies.

Fortune Small Business named Nashville as one of the top 100 cities to live and launch a business.

Hospitality Industry

• Nashville brings in millions of visitors each year with an annual revenue of around $2 billion. In Davidson County alone there are about 24,600 rooms available with many more in the surrounding areas.

• Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center is now the largest non-gaming hotel property in the United States, with 2,884 rooms and 288,000 square feet of exhibit space.

• Nashville's Convention Center features 118,675 square foot of exhibit space and a new convention center, the Nashville Music City Center, is scheduled to open early in 2013. The Music City Center will have 350,000 square feet of exhibit space, plus 2 ballrooms, 60 meeting rooms and parking.

The Arts- Performing Arts, Major Galleries and Museums

Ryman Auditorium


Major performing arts companies: the Nashville Symphony, Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera Company, Tennessee Dance Theatre and Tennessee Repertory Theatre

Major performing arts facilities: Andrew Jackson Hall (TPAC), James K. Polk Theater (TPAC), Andrew Johnson Theater (TPAC), Belcourt Theater, Sommet Center, AmSouth Amphitheater, War Memorial Auditorium, Municipal Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry House,
Roy Acuff Theater Ryman Auditorium, and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Aaron Douglas Gallery features a large portion of Fisk University's African art collection including: masks, musical instruments, games, figures and ceremonial objects plus more than 200 drawings by Cyrus Baldridge.

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art is a 55-acre botanical garden and center for the arts which houses American works of the 19th and 20th centuries, with a special emphasis on the work of the region's leading artists. The gardens include the Color Garden, Seasons Garden, Water Garden and the new Woodland Sculpture Trail.

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is Nashville's newest and most expansive art exhibition and educational facility. Opened in April 2001, it is located within an historic structure that formerly housed Nashville's main post office.

The Parthenon, Centennial Park, houses the Cowan Collection featuring 63 works which include oil paintings by American artists, traveling exhibits and exquisite statuary including Athena, the 42-foot statue of the goddess of wisdom.

Sarratt Gallery at Vanderbilt University, features 10 exhibits a year of contemporary art by regional and national artists.

Tennessee State Museum, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, has more than 60,000 square feet of exhibit space tracing the history of Tennessee and the nation from prehistoric Indians through the early 1900s.

Van Vechten Gallery, Fisk University, houses the Stieglitz collection, donated by Georgia O'Keeffe. The collection has more than 100 works of 20th century artists including O'Keeffe, Cezanne, Picasso, Renoir, Stieglitz and others. The Van Vechten also showcases outstanding exhibits by young artists.

Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, Vanderbilt University presents five exhibitions each year, most consisting of thematic selections from the Vanderbilt Art Collection which contains work from more than 40 cultures and countries.

Sports Climate

• The Nashville Sports Council oversees the recruitment of professional and amateur sporting events. For information, contact the Sports Council at 414 Union St., Suite 800. Nashville, TN 37219, (615) 743-3120 or visit

Bridgestone Arena - a 20,000-seat multipurpose arena opened in the winter of 1996. It is home to the NHL Nashville Predators and has hosted a variety of significant sporting and musical events.

Bridgestone Arena


Centennial Sportsplex: A sports complex housing an indoor aquatic center with an Olympic-size, 50 meter pool as well as a recreational pool, a tennis tournament complex with 16 lighted outdoor courts plus a 2,600-seat stadium and an ice skating rink.

LP Field: A 68,000 seat, open-air, natural grass stadium that is home to the NFL's Tennessee Titans. It is located on the banks of the Cumberland River, across from downtown Nashville. LP Field is home to the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, and also hosts other sporting and musical events during the year.

NFL: The Tennessee Titans relocated from Houston, TX, known there as the Houston Oilers, in 1998. A member of the AFC South, they played their first season at LP Field in 1999, the year that they were the AFC Champions.

NHL: The Nashville Predators are an expansion team and made their debut in Bridgestone Arena in the fall of 1998. They are members of the highly competitive Central Division and have made the playoffs 5 of the last 6 seasons.

Baseball: The Nashville Sounds are a Triple-A farm team in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. They play at Greer Stadium in downtown Nashville and are a member of the Pacific Coast League, which they won in 2005.

Softball: The Tennessee Diamonds of the National Pro Fastpitch League relocated here from Roscoe, Ill. in 2010. They play at Draper Diamond in Nashville.

Soccer: The Nashville Metros brought the world's game to Middle Tennessee in 1989. They are a member of the USL Premier Development League (PDL) and they play in the Southeast Division. They are the longest continuously owned and operated soccer club in the country, and their season runs April-October.

Collegiate sports: Vanderbilt University (Southeastern Conference), Tennessee State University (Ohio Valley Conference), Middle Tennessee State University (Ohio Valley Conference), Belmont University (Atlantic Sun), and David Lipscomb University (Atlantic Sun), Austin Peay (Ohio Valley Conference, Trevecca (TranSouth), Cumberland (Mid-South).

Golf: Three resort golf courses featuring 72 holes of championship play and more than 30+ public courses.

Outdoor: Fishing, hunting, boating, hiking, water sports and camping. Boat and water recreation equipment rentals available.

Motorsports: The Nashville Superspeedway opened in Wilson County in April 2001 and is home to the IRL and NASCAR events. The Music City Motorplex (Tennessee State Fairgrounds) is home to weekly NASCAR Racing Series events March-September.

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Upcoming Sporting Events in Nashville

Start of the Country Music Marathon

• NCAA Women's Final Four in 2014
• SEC Men's Basketball Tournament in 2015, 2016 & 2019
• OVC Men's & Women's Basketball Tournaments 2011-2014
• Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon (annual)



*Above list does not include community 5K/10K Runs, etc.

**For a complete list of sporting events, visit or call the Nashville Sports Council at 615.743.3120.

Historical Sites

Belmont Mansion


Belle Meade Plantation is a historic plantation mansion that now functions as a museum. In its prime, Belle Meade had a reputation as a first-class horse breeding establishment which attracted buyers from around the world.

Belmont Mansion is one of the most elaborate antebellum homes in the South, totaling 36 rooms and 19,000 sq. ft.. It is located on the grounds of Belmont University.

Cannonsburgh - A Pioneer Village, located in Murfreesboro, is a reproduction of what a working pioneer village would have looked like from the period of 1830-1930.

Carnton Plantation is a historic plantation house and museum in Franklin. The farm and its buildings played an important role during and immediately following the Battle of Franklin during the American Civil War. Carnton became the epicenter for tending the wounded and dying after the battle, and it is also the setting of the novel The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks.

Carter House played an important role in the Second Battle of Franklin. Prior to the fight, the house was used as Federal headquarters and after the battle it was used as a field hospital aiding both Federal and Confederate wounded.

Fort Nashborough was the stockade for the settlement that became the city of Nashville. A reconstruction stands on the banks of the Cumberland River near the site of the original fort.

President James K. Polk's Home is the only surviving home other than the White House of President Polk. The home is open to the public and displays original items from his life.

The Hermitage is a historical plantation and museum located about 10 miles east of downtown. The plantation was owned by President Andrew Jackson from 1804 until his death at the Hermitage in 1845.

Union Station was originally a railroad terminal, opened in 1900 to serve the passenger operations of the eight railroads that provided service to Nashville. Today it is a Wyndham Historic Hotel with 125 rooms and 12,000 sq. ft. available for meetings and events.

Other Places to Visit

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum illustrates country music's story through the turns of two centuries. The museum also includes historic country video clips and recorded music, a regular menu of live performances and public programs, a museum store, and on-site dining.

Grand Ole Opry is a weekly country music stage concert that has presented the biggest starts of the genre since 1925.

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center is the largest non-casino hotel in the world and the largest hotel in the U.S. outside of Las Vegas. There are light and dancing water shows in the Delta and Cascades atria, and the resort is also the home of A Country Christmas. The hotel has over 2,000 rooms, multiple restaurants, ballroom and exhibit halls, lounges, stores, a spa and a night club.

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is home to animals from around the globe. Exhibits include a Bamboo Trail, an African Savannah, and Gibbon Island. The zoo also has the "Jungle Gym" which is the largest community-built playground of its kind in the country.

Adventure Science Center and Sudekum Planetarium features hands-on, interactive exhibits and engaging programs about science, invention and innovation. The Planetarium has a GOTO Chiron Hybrid star projector, the only one outside of Japan, and it can project over 6.5 million stars and planetary objects.

Nashville Toy Museum boasts a wonderful collection of vintage toys and an exhibition of model trains and railraods from around the world.

Music Row is the heart of Nashville's entertainment industry and home to hundreds of businesses related to the country music, gospel music, and contemporary Christian music industries. Don't miss visiting RCA's Studio B where stars such as Waylon Jennings, the Everly Brothers, Dolly Parton and Elvis Presley recorded.

Tootsie's Orchid Lounge on Broadway


Bicentennial Mall is a 19-acre park designed to complement the Tennessee Capitol Building and give visitors a taste of Tennessee's history and natural wonder.

Ryman Auditorium is one of the best places to hear live music. Opened in 1892, it is the historic home of the Grand Ole Opry and has featured many genres of music, as well as musical theatre and stand-up comedy shows.

Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame is a state of the art 7,500 sq. ft. interactive facility, chronicling the history of sports in Tennessee from the early 1800s to contemporary stars.

Jack Daniels Distillery is located in Lynchburg, TN, about an hour outside of Nashville. It was licensed in 1866, making it the oldest registered distillery in the United States. The distillery is open for tours.

Lower Broadway and 2nd Avenue is known as the entertainment district of downtown Nashville. This area is home to tons of restaurants, bars, honky tonks, stores and hotels, and it is the can't-miss place in Nashville.

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