KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee city will spend a combined nearly $5 million for upgrades to its former convention center and the site of the 1982 World’s Fair.

WBIR-TV reports that the Knoxville City Council approved spending $3 million on the World’s Fair Park and $2 million on the former Knoxville Convention Center on Tuesday.

Chief Operating Officer and Deputy to the Mayor Christi Branscom says the upgrades will help Knoxville expand its live music scene by creating an outdoor venue that can accommodate big-name acts at the park. Branscom says the city is consulting with an undisclosed entertainment company.

The former convention center is located under a hotel at the World’s Fair site. Branscom says the planned upgrades will allow it to host more events, pointing to a burgeoning sports activities market.

Information from: WBIR-TV,