Celebrating 50 years of the Grand Ole Opry House

The Music City jewel has a big birthday coming up on Saturday, March 16 and is commemorating 50 years at its Opryland location.


The Grand Ole Opry House acted as the focal point for the 369-acre Opryland amusement park, which closed in 1997. | Photo via Nashville Public Library’s Digital Collections

You don’t look a day over 25, Grand Ole Opry House. Though the Music City landmark still looks to be in its prime, a 50-year milestone packs a whole lot of history worth mentioning ahead of the Opry’s celebratory show on Saturday, March 16.

The Grand Ole Opry was relocated to its sixth and final home in 1974, which was completed in under two years and said to cost ~$15 million to build. Roy Acuff, Jeannie Seely, and President Richard Nixon appeared during the inaugural broadcast at the new venue.

The famous circle that serves as the Opry House’s focal point pays tribute to the 31 years the Grand Ole Opry spent at Ryman Auditorium. The 6-ft circle was built using an 8-ft piece of wood from the Mother Church. Even after the 2010 flood left 10 ft of water inside the venue, the circle remained unbroken.

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