Southwest Value Partners (SWVP), owner and developer of the 18-acre Nashville Yards project, and Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company, today announced a joint venture to co-develop the planned entertainment district and concert venue at Nashville Yards. AEG Presents, the live-entertainment division of AEG, has entered into a long-term lease agreement with the joint venture to operate the concert venue component of the entertainment district.
SWVP and AEG have together reimagined and expanded the original vision for the entertainment district to include a 4,000-capacity, state-of-the-art live music venue; an upscale eight-screen cinema; a curated collection of food, beverage, and shopping offerings; 275,000 square feet of Class A+ creative office space; and three beautiful and highly amenitized residential towers – all well placed with plentiful open space and plazas to relax in and enjoy. Construction on the entertainment district is targeted to begin in early 2022.
It was also announced that SWVP has acquired the ownership stake previously held by MGM Resorts International.
“Nashville is the perfect location to develop the next great entertainment district in one of the most important music and entertainment centers of our country,” said Ted Tanner, executive Vice President Real Estate, AEG. “Thanks to the great insights, market knowledge, and development success provided by the Southwest Value Partners team, Nashville Yards will bring together the core urban elements that make the city so unique and create a true destination where Nashvillians and visitors can live, work, and play together.”
“Our partners at AEG are leading worldwide experts on creating world-class entertainment districts, and together we have created a new, best-in-class vision for an incredible and highly enjoyable entertainment environment at Nashville Yards,” said Cary Mack, managing partner of SWVP. “Our ownership, design, and construction teams are focused and fully engaged to bring the concepts we have created to life.”
“Developing flagship live music venues for entertainment districts has proven to be a successful model for AEG Presents nationwide,” commented Jay Marciano, Chief Operating Officer of AEG and Chairman & CEO, AEG Presents. “Anchoring Nashville Yards with a versatile, mid-sized music venue is going to provide the area with a vibrant center point that reflects both the legacy and future of Music City. It’s exciting for us to have an even greater presence in a community that contributes so much to popular culture.”
In addition to the planned entertainment district, Nashville Yards includes the 591-room luxury Grand Hyatt Nashville (recently named the nation’s best new hotel by USA Today readers); the newly renovated Union Station Nashville Yards; Amazon Nashville’s two Class A+ office towers comprising more than one million square feet; a 650,000 square foot, multi-tenant Class A+ office tower, which will include the future headquarters of Pinnacle Financial Partners; a 1.3-acre park; multiple green spaces and plazas; and additional retail, restaurant, and residential buildings.