New Stage For Ryman

Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium is getting a new stage, the first time it’s done so since 1951.

The project is to begin Feb. 4 and be done in time for The Band Perry’s sold-out gig Feb. 20. The new stage will have greater load-bearing capacity to ensure safety and increased durability. Existing hickory support beams will be strengthened and new cross-beams will be installed to further enhance the stage’s structural integrity.

An 18-inch portion from the existing stage will be retained to honor past performances.

The final concert on the current stage will include Keith Urban, Charley Pride and The Oak Ridge Boys, and Eden’s Edge Feb. 3.