Nashville, Tenn. is known as the only home of the Grand Ole Opry, but that won't be the case for long. Although the beloved country music radio show will keep its roots in the South, the Opry brand is expanding to New York City.
Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. is set to open Opry City Stage, a four-level entertainment complex in NYC's Times Square. The property, called the Opry's first "home away from home," will feature retail stores, event spaces and a two-floor bar and restaurant.
The space will also hold its own listening room, created in a partnership with Nashville's famous Bluebird Cafe. According to Colin Reed, chairman and CEO of Ryman Hospitality Properties, the move comes in hopes of drawing even more visitors back to the Opry's original home.
"For 91 years the Grand Ole Opry has connected country music fans with their favorite artists through live performances, radio and more recently, digital technology," Reed says. "Opry City Stage is all about taking the diverse sounds that originate in Nashville to other markets so that fans have another way to discover new artists and connect with the music they love. We believe that once our Opry City Stage guests get a taste for all the Grand Ole Opry and Nashville have to offer, they are going to want to visit Music City and experience it for themselves."
Fans will be able to visit Opry City Stage beginning in April 2017.