Due to heavy flooding in Nashville, Tenn. including the Grand Ole Opry
Entertainment Complex, this week's Grand Ole Opry performances
have been moved from the Grand Ole Opry House to other Nashville venues.
The Tuesday Night Opry performance scheduled for May 4th will take
place at the War Memorial Auditorium, 301 6th Ave. North, Nashville, Tenn.
Weekend performances will move to the historic Ryman Auditorium in
downtown Nashville. Thursday's performance of Opry Country Classics
will remain at the Ryman as previously scheduled. Show times for all
shows remain at 7:00 p.m. Both the War Memorial and the
Ryman are former homes of the Opry.
The Opry House suffered damage as a result of the record-breaking rains and
subsequent flooding in Nashville. The last time the Opry had to relocate
was in 1975 to Nashville's Municipal Auditorium, just one year after
the opening of the Grand Ole Opry House. That move was also caused
by Cumberland River flooding.
"While we ourselves are shaken by the impact of the flooding of the Opry
House and throughout the area, it is important that Nashville's most
treasured tradition continues with this week's shows," said Grand
Ole Opry Vice President Pete Fisher. "We look forward to coming together
both as the Opry family and as a great American city just as we have
every week for nearly 85 years. Our hearts go out to all of those
affected in the Middle Tennessee area."
The Opry Call Center is temporarily out of service, and other operations on
the Opry Entertainment Complex including Opry backstage tours and the
Grand Ole Opry Museum, have been temporarily suspended. It is too early
to determine how long Opry operations will be impacted at this time.
Fans, including those planning to attend this week's shows, can stay
updated on everything happening in response to this week's flooding
at opry.com. Photos and video will also be posted as they become available
on Facebook and Twitter.
About the Grand Ole Opry
The Grand Ole Opry presents the best in country music
live every week from Nashville, Tenn. Celebrating 85 years of entertainment,
the Opry can be heard on 650 WSM-AM, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio,
and opry.com. The syndicated weekly program, America's
Opry Weekend, airs on country radio stations across America and
on the Armed Forces Radio Network. The Grand Ole Opry is
owned by Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a Nashville-based hospitality and
entertainment company that also owns and operates Gaylord Hotels.
For more information, visit opry.com or www.gaylordentertainment.com.
About Gaylord Entertainment
Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a leading hospitality and entertainment
company based in Nashville, Tenn., owns and operates Gaylord Hotels
(www.gaylordhotels.com), its network of upscale, meetings-focused resorts, and
the Grand Ole Opry (www.opry.com), the weekly showcase of country
music's finest performers for more than 80 consecutive years. The Company's
entertainment brands and properties include the Radisson Hotel Opryland,
Ryman Auditorium, General Jackson Showboat, Gaylord Springs Golf Links,
Wildhorse Saloon, and WSM-AM. For more information about the Company,
This press release contains statements as to the Company's beliefs
and expectations of the outcome of future events that are forward-looking
statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks
and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially
from the statements made. These include the risks and uncertainties associated
with the flood damage to the Gaylord Opryland and other Nashville-based
Gaylord facilities, economic conditions affecting the hospitality business
generally, rising labor and benefits costs, the timing of any new
development projects, increased costs and other risks associated
with building and developing new hotel facilities, the geographic
concentration of our hotel properties, business levels at the
Company's hotels, our ability to successfully operate our hotels and
our ability to obtain financing for new developments. Other factors that
could cause operating and financial results to differ are described in
the filings made from time to time by the Company with the Securities
and Exchange Commission and include the risk factors described in
our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009.
The Company does not undertake any obligation to release publicly any
revisions to forward-looking statements made by it to reflect events
or circumstances occurring after the date hereof or the occurrence
of unanticipated events.