The show reopened its legendary doors to around 500 guests, who eagerly took their seats to celebrate nearly 100 years of the Opry.
Superstars like Terri Clark, Vince Gill, Dierks Bentley, and Lorrie Morgan were in attendance to sing some of their greatest hits. The show took place on Saturday. Guests piled into the arena for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic. Everyone in attendance wore masks and practiced social distancing.
The Grand Ole Opry streamed its birthday bash online for those who weren’t otherwise able to catch it.
The Opry puts on a rip-roaring show every Saturday and has done so for nearly 5,000 weekends in a row. It features the most prominent acts in country music.
Some fans in attendance had been waiting for months to visit the stage. Others waited for years. The excitement was palpable in the Opry during its 95th celebration, either way. The Opry looked much different that night, though. Due to COVID-19, masks were mandatory, and there was no food or beverage service.
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Though things are much different right now, Opry Vice President and Executive Producer Dan Rogers said he’d be “truly happy” when the stage can return to normal.
“So many loyal fans make plans early to be a part of our birthday weekend every year, and I am especially excited that many of those devoted familiar faces will be in the first in-house audience since late last winter,” said Rogers.
There’s no doubt that folks still want to visit the Grand Ole Opry. It may take some time before it’s back to the way it used to be, but it seems it’s finally on its way.
[H/T: Saving Country Music]