Grand Ole Opry To Welcome Back Audiences Oct. 3 For 95th Anniversary Celebration With Dierks Bentley, Terri Clark, Vince Gill
Chris Hollo for the Grand Ole Opry – Grand Ole Opry
Performers take to the Grand Ole Opry stage March 14 to perform without an audience for its weekly live broadcast on WSM-AM.
The Grand Ole Opry will welcome back a limited in-person audience beginning Saturday, Oct. 3, to kick off the Opry’s 95th anniversary celebration, featuring performances from Dierks Bentley, Terri Clark, Vince Gill and Lorrie Morgan.
The audience will be capped at 500 guests, made up of fans who had previously held tickets for each night’s show.
“With gratitude to the artists who have visited the Opry since March, staff members and partners who have ensured the Opry went on every Saturday, and a worldwide audience for tuning in over the past six months, we are so excited as we plan to welcome fans back to the Opry House,” said Dan Rogers, Opry vice president and executive producer. “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. Of course we will only be truly happy when we can return to capacity audiences and full Opry shows that are known around the world.”
The Grand Ole Opry says it will strictly comply with operating plans developed in partnership with the Nashville Public Health Department and Vanderbilt Health that include socially distanced seating, mandatory masks for all guests and staff, as well as enhanced cleaning practices.
Operating plans include 500 ticketed guests, physically distanced seating, mandatory masks for all guests, designated restrooms, temperature checks for all and enhanced cleaning practices.
As the Opry continues its month-long 95th anniversary celebration, the show will continue its one-hour livestream on Circle All Access YouTube, Twitter and Facebook channels as well as Circle TV , SiriusXM, and the Opry’s flagship home 650 WSM AM and wsmonline.com, allowing fans from around the world to enjoy the high-quality performances from home.
The show will have played on without a live ticketed audience for 29 consecutive Saturday night broadcasts, with performances from stars including Trace Adkins, Kelsea Ballerini, Clint Black, Garth Brooks, Terri Clark, Luke Combs, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire and many others.