New retail and food options, a redesigned box office and a VIP lounge area are all part of a $12 million expansion coming to the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville over the next year and a half, Ryman Hospitality Properties announced on Monday.
The planned expansion looks to add a 5,000-square-foot retail footprint to the iconic property, with construction expected to begin in January and finish up by October 2018. Additionally, a new parking lot with 1,300 new spaces should be ready for cars in summer 2018, and the VIP lounge and a relocated box office area is expected to be complete in January of 2019.
“As country music’s popularity continues to increase worldwide, more people than ever before are making the journey to Nashville to experience the magic of the Grand Ole Opry firsthand,” Colin Reed, chairman and CEO of Ryman Hospitality Properties, said. “This expansion will allow us to improve our guest experience before and after the shows while also providing us the opportunity to meet growing customer demand for additional Opry-themed experiences, enhanced food and beverage options and expanded tour offerings.”
The company said the new construction should not interfere the Opry’s full calendar of events or daily tours. The announcement is part of the Ryman’s ongoing investment in the Nashville area, where it has approximately $130 million in capital projects in progress.