Grand Ole Opry Floods; Shows Moved
Record-breaking rainfall and massive flooding in Nashville and the surrounding areas over the weekend affected not only thousands of families, but also several Nashville landmarks, including the Grand Ole Opry House, which along with the Opryland Hotel is on the banks of the Cumberland River.
This week's Opry performances have been moved from the Grand Ole Opry House to other venues. The Tuesday Night Opry performance scheduled for tonight (May 4) will take place at the War Memorial Auditorium, located in downtown. Weekend performances will move to the historic Ryman Auditorium, which was not affected by the flooding. Showtimes for all shows will remain at 7:00 pm.
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 relocation was also due to flooding from the Cumberland River.
"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 in a prepared statement. "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."
For those planning to attend this week's shows, you can stay updated by visiting opry.com.