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Municipal Auditorium Makes Changes To Accommodate Circus

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by Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Shrine Circus is a long-standing tradition at the Municipal Auditorium, but the addition of the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum caused logistical problems for the show this year.

Managers at the venue have known for more than a year exhibition space used to house animals in past years would no longer be available.

"We always think the best time to plan is when you've got the circus going on, we knew it was coming, forthcoming, so we started planning last year during the circus and we had periodic meetings throughout the whole year," explained manager Bob Skoney.

The plan was to find other areas of the auditorium to house the camels, horses, elephants and lions that take part in the circus.

"By placing them in different places on the concourse of the auditorium, back stage area, also our loading dock area," according to Skoney.

The elephants are now housed inside a tent, just off of Musicians Way.  The lions are in cages just inside the loading dock area, and the camels now rest next to the horses on the concourse.

Skoney knew he had to make the logistical issues work, because losing the circus was not an option.

"It's crucial to our bottom line, definitely, because it is such a large show for us to accommodate," said Skoney.

Several of the trailers that house the crew during the show's stay in Nashville are lined up on the 4th Avenue side of the venue. In past years, they would have been on 5th Avenue, but had to move to make room for the animals.

It took a lot of planning to pull off this year's edition of the Shrine Circus.

"We wanted to make sure it was still going to be a great, viable event for us to host and for them to have," Skoney said.

Also new this year, the 5th Avenue entrance will also be open for guests, to ease congestion at the main entrance of Municipal Auditorium.

The circus has several shows daily through Sunday. More information on tickets can be found here. 


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