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 Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center on Lake
Grapevine Building $16 million, 29,000 sq ft
Entertainment Complex

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Sept. 29, 2005 -- Gaylord Entertainment Co. (NYSE:GET), the leading hospitality and entertainment company and parent company of Gaylord Hotels, today announced the ground breaking of the much anticipated "Glass Cactus" entertainment complex being built on the grounds of the landmark Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center on Lake Grapevine, outside Dallas. The nearly $16 million, 29,000 square-foot venue, with an additional 5,000 square feet of decking, will overlook Lake Grapevine and is set to open in the early fourth quarter of 2006. Glass Cactus will offer nightly live entertainment, dancing and a select menu. 

"Glass Cactus will be the perfect addition to our existing venues, offering our guests a fantastically unique place to listen to live music, dance or host a private party," said Colin Reed, chairman and chief executive officer. "From the mariachis in Riverwalk, salsa band in our award-winning restaurant Ama Lur, and a 52 foot big screen TV in our sports bar at Texan Station, Glass Cactus adds the final touch to our numerous entertainment options." 

The 60' x 30' state-of-the-art sound stage in Glass Cactus will feature musical acts ranging from rock and roll to country to jazz. Both top-named national entertainment and local/regional talent will be showcased at the venue. 

Guests visiting Glass Cactus can park in the hotel's new 1,700 parking space garage or take the hotel trolley from the main entrance of the resort. Glass Cactus will be open to the local guests as well as overnight guests of the resort. 

KEY FACTS

  •  29,000 square feet of interior space
  •  5,000 square feet of decks on two floors
  •  1,200 square-foot dance floor
  •  4 bars- Geode Bar, Tequila Bar, Sunset Bar, Fire Bar
  •  2 levels
  •  "Rustic Glamour" decor
  •  A VIP entrance and level, providing an upscale and secluded spot for private parties.
About Gaylord Entertainment 
Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE:GET - News), a leading hospitality and entertainment company based in Nashville, Tenn., owns and operates three industry-leading brands - Gaylord Hotels (www.gaylordhotels.com), its network of upscale, meetings-focused resorts; ResortQuest (www.resortquest.com), the nation's largest vacation rental property management company; and the Grand Ole Opry (www.opry.com), the weekly showcase of country music's finest performers for 80 consecutive years. The company's entertainment brands and properties include the Radisson Hotel Opryland, Ryman Auditorium, General Jackson Showboat, Springhouse Links, Wildhorse Saloon and WSM-AM. 
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Contact:

Gaylord Entertainment Co.
Kathryn Goldstein
817-778-1145
kgoldstein@gaylordhotels.com

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Also See: The 1,511-room Gaylord Texan Resort Enjoying Too Much Business, Doesn't Have Enough Parking Spaces; Forced to Move Employee Parking Two Miles Away, Building New 9.4 million Parking Garage / February 2005
Gaylord Opryland Texas Benefiting from Lessons Learned from Gaylord Palms Resort; Adds New Entertainment Options / November 2003


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