With the 2021 SBC Annual Meeting shifting from the Gaylord Opryland to the Nashville Music City Center, here is an FAQ to aid attendees in making plans for June.
Why is the Annual Meeting being moved to the Music City Center?
The shift to the Music City Center was made to provide abundant space conducive to holding an Annual Meeting that is efficient, effective, and safe for every attendee.
How does the size of the Music City Center compare to the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center?
The Gaylord Opryland Convention Center is 700,000 square feet. The Music City Center is nearly twice as large, measuring 1.2 million square feet with higher ceilings as well.
Will the Send Conference also be at the Music City Center?
Yes. NAMB and IMB are committed to an exciting, engaging conference to celebrate what it means to be on mission together, for the sake of the Gospel. More information about any changes to programming for the Send Conference will be available in the coming days at SendConference.com.
Will other events be relocated from the Gaylord Opryland to the Music City Center?
We expect all events associated with the Annual Meeting to be moved downtown unless the organizers choose to stay in their current location. The Executive Committee staff team will be in contact with individual event planners about the status and location of their event. Those details will be updated and released to the public at a later date.
What is the current status of Nashville’s Covid-19 response?
The city continues to modify and relax guidelines related to COVID-19 as vaccinations in the area increase and the transmission rate decreases. Current metrics and reopening information can be found at asafenashville.org.
Will there be any COVID-19-related requirements for attendance?
The SBC is expected to comply with local regulations for approved gatherings. At the current time, local guidelines state that cloth face coverings or masks should be worn in public indoor spaces while not eating or drinking.
How are hotel reservations being addressed?
All reservations booked through the Convention housing bureau are still in place. The SBC Executive Committee will open the housing website at 8:00 AM Central on Monday, April 26, for those who wish to modify their reservations and relocate to a hotel in downtown Nashville. The Executive Committee is securing hotel blocks in the downtown area for those wishing to change hotels.
Can I change or get a refund on my hotel/Airbnb/VRBO reservation that was not booked through the housing service?
Unfortunately, we can only facilitate modifications to hotel reservations booked through the convention housing bureau. If you did not book through the convention housing bureau, you will need to contact your housing provider for information related to your reservation.
Will there still be an exhibit hall at the Annual Meeting?
Yes. The exhibit hall will be located at the Music City Center. Exhibitors will be contacted by Convention representatives about those details in the coming days.
Do I need to change my Annual Meeting messenger pre-registration or Send Conference registration?
No. All messengers are still pre-registered for the Annual Meeting, and all registrations for the Send Conference are still valid.
Where will childcare be located?
Childcare will be located on site at the Music City Center. All pre-registered families will be notified of the change of venue. As always, the safety of children in our care is of utmost importance, and we are committed to provide a safe, engaging program for children.
Will you be providing a shuttle service for those choosing to stay near the Gaylord Opryland or the airport?
The SBC Executive Committee will implement a shuttle service for those staying outside of the downtown area. More information on the shuttles will be announced when those details are finalized.
Will there be parking available downtown?
Yes. The Music City Center has more than 1,500 parking spaces available at a nominal cost to convention-goers. This will provide an enjoyable, convenient experience to attendees.
What are the closest available RV parks?
The three RV parks across from the Gaylord Opryland Resort are still among some of the closest RV parks to downtown Nashville. One other RV park nearby is the Trinity RV Park and Campground in North Nashville.