Grand Ole Opry to celebrate 95th birthday, welcome back limited audience this weekend

Posted at 6:07 AM, Oct 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-02 07:52:42-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — One of Nashville's most iconic venues is finally reopening its curtains for audiences this weekend.

This is the longest that the Grand Ole Opry has been closed to a live audience in its history.

To celebrate the Opry’s 95th birthday, there's a sold-out show Saturday featuring some major artists: Dierks Bentley, Terri Clark, Vince Gill and Lorrie Morgan.

For anyone lucky enough to get a ticket, things will look much different as there are new protocols in place.

The venue will be capped at 500 guests. People can sit in the same group but at a distance. Masks are mandatory for everyone. Temperatures will be taken, and there will be extra cleaning practices.

While it won't exactly be what many are used to, the venue is just excited to have people back in.

"This whole year has been almost unimaginable. So, it's unimaginable really at this point that in a few days this big red curtain is going to go up for the first time in months and on that side of it will be a live audience of fans from around the country,” said Dan Rogers, VP and Executive Producer for the Grand Ole Opry.

Although tickets for tomorrow's event are sold out, tickets for the rest of the shows in October will go on sale at 10 a.m. today. They feature artists like Carly Pearce, Bill Anderson, Little Big Town, and many more.