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The Nashville convention center FAQ e-mail
, about which we pithed
earlier today, aims to seduce taxpayers with a tantalizing six-figure number that is, one gathers, supposed to give us a warm and fuzzy feeling that this thing is going to sell itself:
The Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau has already secured letters of commitment from several national conventions for events in the new center. More than 100,000 hotel room-nights have already been booked, and more are in negotiation at this time. Among the conventions already scheduled into the new center are the Academy of General Dentistry in 2013; the American Alliance for Health, PE, Recreation and Dance in 2018; the American Association of School Administrators in 2014; the Minerals Metals and Materials, Society in 2016; the Southern Baptist Convention in 2013 and 2019, and the NCAA Women's Final Four in 2014.
Is that a lot -- 100,000 room nights, spread over seven years? Should we take that number as a sign there is big-time demand for this bad boy? Here's one casual attempt to decipher the number. San Diego has a convention center
that in net (usable) square feet is roughly 50 percent larger than the one proposed here. Last year the total number of room nights booked
by San Diego conventioneers was just over 729,000. If we take two-thirds of that (since Nashville's proposed center is about two-thirds the size) and then multiply it by seven (since bookings to date are spread over seven years), we arrive at a rough guesstimate of a little over 3.4 million room nights to fill between 2013 and 2019.
So...100,000 room nights booked already? That's about 2.9 percent of the total. This thing is hot, I tell you, hot!