From the Grand Ole Opry…
Due to heavy flooding in Nashville, Tenn. including the Grand Ole Opry Entertainment Complex, this week’s Grand Ole Opry performances have been moved from the Grand Ole Opry House to other Nashville venues. The Tuesday Night Opry performance scheduled for May 4th will take place at the War Memorial Auditorium, 301 6th Ave. North, Nashville, Tenn. Weekend performances will move to the historic Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville. Thursday’s performance of Opry Country Classics will remain at the Ryman as previously scheduled. Show times for all shows remain at 7:00 p.m. Both the War Memorial and the Ryman are former homes of the Opry.
The Opry House suffered damage as a result of the record-breaking rains anod subsequent flooding in Nashville. The last time the Opry had to relocate was in 1975 to Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium, just one year after the opening of the Grand Ole Opry House. That move was also caused by Cumberland River flooding.
“While we ourselves are shaken by the impact of the flooding of the Opry House and throughout the area, it is important that Nashville’s most treasured tradition continues with this week’s shows,” said Grand Ole Opry Vice President Pete Fisher. “We look forward to coming together both as the Opry family and as a great American city just as we have every week for nearly 85 years. Our hearts go out to all of those affected in the Middle Tennessee area.”
The OpryCallCenter is temporarily out of service, and other operations on the Opry Entertainment Complex including Opry backstage tours and theGrandOleOpryMuseum, have been temporarily suspended. It is too early to determine how long Opry operations will be impacted at this time.
Fans, including those planning to attend this week’s shows, can stay updated on everything happening in response to this week’s flooding at opry.com. Photos and video will also be posted as they become available on Facebook and Twitter.
These pictures made me sick to my stomach... :(