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Grand Ole Opry to Welcome In-Person Audience for 95th Anniversary

"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."

The Grand Ole Opry will allow a limited in-person audience starting on Oct. 3 for their 95th Anniversary celebration. Dierks Bentley, Terri Clark, Vince Gill and Lorrie Morgan are all slated to perform. The Opry will welcome 500 guests, all fans who 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,” Dan Rogers, the Opry’s vice president and executive producer, says. “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.”

To keep fans safe during the celebration, they’ll comply with plans set in place with help from the Nashville Public Health Department and Vanderbilt Health. That includes socially distanced seating, mandatory masks and enhanced cleaning practices.

Operating plans include:
• Exclusive to 500 ticketed guests 
• Physically distanced seating, allowing those in the same group to sit together but distanced from others 
• Mandatory masks for all guests, Opry House operations and production staff
• Designated restrooms, entry and exit points 
• No food or beverage service 
• Temperature checks for all staff
• Enhanced cleaning practices

Although the Opry will continue their month-long celebration with 500 fans in the venue, they’ll still continue their one-hour livestream on Circle All Access YouTube,  Twitter and Facebook.

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