Due to heavy flooding in Nashville, 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 4 will take place at the War Memorial Auditorium, 301 6th Ave. North, Nashville. Weekend performances will move to the 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 will remain at 7 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 rain 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.
"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 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 too early to determine how long Opry operations will be impacted at this time.
(From the Grand Ole Opry).
I think that this could be an issue that will affect the Opry for a while. With the water as high as it appears to be in the Opry House, it will take it a while to go down (the water is still rising), and then the clean-up and repair. You are probably talking about replacing carpeting, wood and tile floods, possibly electrical damage and equipment damage. I know that there was lots of historical items backstage, especially in Marty Stuart's dressing room, so hopefully they got those items moved out to higher parts of the Opry House.
I am somewhat curious why the Tuesday Night Opry is not at the Ryman Auditorium, as that facility and the area around it, north of Broadway, appear ok, as we all know that the Ryman is up the hill from the Country Music Hall of Fame, which is underwater. I checked the Ryman website, and the Goo Goo Dolls concert that was scheduled for Sunday night is still listed as rescheduled for tonight(Monday), and nothing else is listed on the Ryman schedule for this week.
Next weekend could be an issue if the Opry House is still unavailable, as there are events scheduled at the Ryman the weekend of the 14th, both Friday and Saturday night. There is also a concert by Dierks Bentley scheduled for the following weekend.
Either way, with the phones out, I am sure it will be an interesting week at the War Memorial on Tuesday and the Ryman on Friday and Saturday, as they try to handle the ticket situation. Best of luck to them.