Grand Ole Opry Moves Performances Due To Flooding
May 4, 2010 at 7:22 AM (PT)
Due to the heavy flooding in NASHVILLE (NET NEWS 5/3), which has included 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. TONIGHT’s (5/4) OPRY performance will take place at the WAR MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, 301 6th Ave. North in NASHVILLE. Weekend performances will move to the RYMAN AUDITORIUM in downtown NASHVILLE. THURSDAY’s (5/6) performance of OPRY COUNTRY CLASSICS will remain at the RYMAN as previously scheduled. Show times for all shows remain at 7:00p (CT). 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 and 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.
GRAND OLE OPRY President PETE FISHER said: “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. 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 OPRY CALL CENTER is temporarily out of service and other operations on the OPRY ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX including OPRY backstage tours and the GRAND OLE OPRY MUSEUM, have been temporarily suspended. It is not known at this time how long OPRY operations will be impacted.