Opryland reopening to include benefit concert - WKRN News 2

Opryland reopening to include benefit concert

The sprawling complex flooded in early May and parts of the hotel were filled with as much as seven or eight feet of water. The sprawling complex flooded in early May and parts of the hotel were filled with as much as seven or eight feet of water.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In less than a month, the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center will reopen for the first time since the May flood caused $175 million in damages to the sprawling complex located along the Cumberland River.

The hotel will officially open on Monday, November 15.  A concert benefiting three area Nashville charities that played a critical role in the area's recovery post-flood will take place three days.

Country musicians and Opry members Trace Adkins and Craig Morgan will headline the November 18 show, which will also honor Nashville's first responders and volunteers in the days, weeks and months after the flood.

One hundred percent of the proceeds with go to Hands on Nashville, the Nashville Area Red Cross and Second Harvest Food Bank.

Each of the three non-profits agencies were given 500 tickets to sell for the benefit show, with all of the money from the tickets going to continue each of the organization's missions.

Tickets to the show cost $50 each.

"We're so enthusiastic and fortunate to partner with the non-profits with us and to partner with the larger community to keep connecting volunteers to need," said Lisa Davis Purcell of Hands on Nashville.

"It gives us the critical assets and resources we need for our volunteers to move forward and serve the community every day of the week," Joel Sullivan with the Nashville Area Red Cross added.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean called Opryland's reopening a "real testament to the city's strength and resilience," adding, "this is a big mile stone in our recovery."

"It has a significant economic impact when their not open," he said of the resort during a press conference Wednesday.  "You're going to see it, you're going to see it in the airport, you're going to see it out here, all the establishments around [Opryland], it's going to be great."

Free parking, food and drinks will be provided at the concert, with beer and wine available at discounted prices.

The Opryland will also hold its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on November 18 to kick off A Country Christmas.

The resort's ICE! exhibit will open a day later, on November 19, in addition to Opryland's new exhibit called Snow, which will feature a snow maze, snowball target practice and live reindeer.

The Radio City Rockettes' first performance will also take place that Friday at 2 p.m.

Visit GaylordHotels.com for complete details and ticket information.

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