The Grand Ole Opry House, home of the Opry since the venue opened in 1974, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, the nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. Regarded as the home of country music, the world famous venue was recognized because of its impact on popular culture and the entertainment industry. It is one of six sites in Tennessee recently added to the list. Dr. Carroll Van West, Director of the Center for Historic Preservation at MTSU and the Tennessee State Historian, prepared the nomination which was supported by the Tennessee State Historical Commission.
The Opry House opened on March 16, 1974 with a standing room only Opry performance attended by President and Mrs. Richard Nixon, among other VIP guests. The Opry's sixth home, the venue is also the only home built specifically for the Opry and the residence the Opry has called home the longest. The venue has welcomed countless Opry artists, concert performers from virtually every genre of music, U.S. Presidents, foreign dignitaries, award shows, television tapings, and numerous special events and distinguished guests in its 41-year history. It is the reigning Academy of Country Music Venue of the Year.
The distinction for the Opry's permanent home comes as the Opry itself readies for a nine-month celebration of its 90th anniversary, set to begin with a kick-off show Tuesday March 24. Throughout that evening's performance, the Opry will announce various elements of the celebration, including special shows scheduled through December. The Opry's 90th Birthday Bash Weekend is scheduled for October 2-3.
(Press Release from the Grand Ole Opry).
A great honor for the Opry House that often gets overlooked in favor of the Ryman Auditorium. The facilities and presentation at the Opry House help to make the Opry an amazing show to experience.
For those who do not have tickets yet for the 90th Birthday Bash Weekend, they are going very fast. Many people, including myself, expect a star-studded weekend of shows and certainly are looking for an improvement upon the effort of the last couple of years. I am concerned a bit that by making the celebration a nine month affair, and adding special shows, that those shows could come at the expense of the birthday weekend. Time will tell, but I am glad that they are planning on doing this up right. Oh, as a reminder, October is also Garth Brook's 25th year as an Opry member. Something to keep in mind.
Again, congratulations to the Opry for this great honor.