NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ryman Hospitality will invest $12 million in upgrades for the Grand Ole Opry House including additional parking, larger retail space and upgrades to its backstage tour experience.
With more than 650,000 attendees in 2016, the Grand Ole Opry will soon have an additional 1,300 parking spaces on undeveloped land just north of the Grand Ole Opry house. The renovations will also include a 5,000-square-foot retail footprint with additional beverage and food options, including food trucks.
Also there will be a redesigned box office, a VIP lounge area with a backstage tour theater.
Construction for the retail expansion is expected to begin in January of 2018 and is anticipated to be complete by October of 2018. The additional parking spaces are scheduled for summer 2018. The VIP lounge and relocated box office area is expected to be complete in January of 2019. The Opry House will host a full calendar of events and daily tours during construction.
“As country music’s popularity continues to increase worldwide, more people than ever before are making the journey to Nashville to experience the magic of the Grand Ole Opry firsthand,” said Colin Reed, chairman and CEO of Ryman Hospitality Properties. “This expansion will allow us to improve our guest experience before and after the shows while also providing us the opportunity to meet growing customer demand for additional Opry-themed experiences, enhanced food and beverage options and expanded tour offerings.”
The Grand Ole Opry upgrades follow a string of investments Ryman Hospitality has made in its Nashville properties, including a $14 million investment on an expansion for the Ryman Auditorium in 2015, including the opening of Cafe Lula, as well as the $8.6 million investment in the Wildhorse Saloon in 2016 and the announcement of Blake Shelton’s upcoming Ole Red entertainment venue set to open next year on Nashville’s Lower Broadway.
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Originally posted on musicrow.com