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The Wildhorse Saloon is a
country/western-themed restaurant, live
music venue, and dance club located in
downtown Nashville, Tennessee. It is
owned by Gaylord Entertainment Company.
Originally opened on June 1, 1994 in a
converted warehouse, the Wildhorse initially
capitalized on the line dancing craze of the
early-to-mid-1990s. While it continues to
enjoy success as a bar and line dance
venue, it has become a successful concert
venue in recent years for all genres of
music. Because of its downtown location,
open bar, large atrium, and permanent
stage, the Wildhorse is also often used
as a formal banquet hall.
The Wildhorse consists of three levels.
The top two levels overlook the dance
floor and stage.
The Wildhorse is also commonly known for
its extremely large dance floor. Gaylord likes
to build everything big, like Opryland, and it has been determined that the dance
floor is the largest in the world, at a total 4,982 Square Feet.
The Wildhorse houses a full-service radio studio, formerly used by WSM-FM, when
the station was also under Gaylord ownership. The venue formerly hosted the
Wildhorse Saloon Dance Show on The Nashville Network in the mid-1990s. It also
served as an audition site for the second season of American Idol. More recently, it
has served as home of the Idol spin-off Can You Duet on CMT.
A second Wildhorse was opened at Pleasure Island at the Walt Disney World Resort
in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. It operated as a joint venture of Gaylord Entertainment
and Levy Restaurants from 1998 to 2001. Gaylord and Levy sold their interests in
the building to Disney and the space is now home to the "Motion" dance club.