The Nashville Sports Cards & Collectibles Show’s is moving its larger events to new digs.
Promoter Jeff Roberts announced Thursday that the new Expo building at the Nashville Fairgrounds will hold three events next year while not totally saying goodbye to its longtime digs at Lighthouse Christian School in Antioch, TN.
Launched about ten years ago and held at the school since 2013, the Nashville shows have been among the most popular one-day events in the hobby in recent years. In addition to smaller, twice monthly shows at the school, Roberts also put on two larger single day events in multiple rooms at the school each February and September, attracting dealers and collectors from across the country. Last Saturday’s show at Lighthouse attracted 145 vendors.
Those larger shows are the ones that will be moving to the new, more spacious location and a third show is also being added for July 2022.
“This will allow us to have everyone under one roof, add more tables and more parking,” Roberts told dealers and attendees in an email Thursday. “The move will allow us to have 3-4 major shows a year.”
Parking has been an issue at the school as interest in the hobby continued to grow the number of attendees and dealers. The school, which receives some of the proceeds in exchange for hosting the shows, will continue to host the smaller, bi-monthly events Roberts promotes.
The first show in the Expo Center is set for March 12, 2022 with over 300 tables. The second will be a three day show set for July 15-17 with the hope of at least 400 tables sold. Dates for at least one additional large event to be held in the fall of 2022 will be announced soon, according to Roberts.
The Expo Center contains three main exhibition halls. While it opened two years ago, the facility hasn’t held many events since early 2020 because of COVID.