The Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville celebrated a renovation reveal on Tuesday after an $8.6 million renovation that took months to complete.
“Wildhorse opened back in 1994 and it was iconic back then, and it’s iconic today,” Nando Rodriguez, general manager for Gaylord Opryland Attractions, said.
The 66,000-square-foot Honky Tonk on Second Avenue is known for hosting music acts, private events, and square dancing throughout the year, and the renovations were aimed at improving those experiences.
“We’re in Nashville and in our heart and soul we’re a honky-tonk, so we didn’t want to change that, we wanted to embrace that and just take it to a whole new level,” Rodriguez explained.
The updated Wildhorse Saloon features more than 650-square-feet of LED screens, an interactive projector, new stage lighting and updated sound, along new bars, furniture, and renovated floors.
“With all that’s going on in Music City, it just needed to come forward into the ages, and that’s what we wanted to do for the building itself is just modernize it a little bit,” Rodriguez said.
Adding to the praise of the updated Wildhorse Saloon, Pete Weien, general manager of Gaylord Opryland Resort and Attractions, said the renovations will bring the Wildhorse Saloon to a whole new level.
“Our Wildhorse Saloon has been an integral part of downtown Nashville’s entertainment district for more than 20 years, and we’re excited for locals and visitors alike to see how the enhancements to this iconic venue reflect the vibrancy of today’s Music City brand.”
In addition to the renovations at Wildhorse Saloon, Ryman Hospitality Properties announced they're working to open two new venues in Nashville, but they had not yet released the details.