NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Grand Ole Opry House will reopen earlier than expected after suffering extensive damage in the May flood.
Officials announced Wednesday the Grand Ole Opry will return to its permanent home with a star-packed show on Tuesday, September 28. The Opry House was previously scheduled to reopen a few days later in early October.
Among the artists scheduled to perform are Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, the Charlie Daniels Band, Diamond Rio, Jimmy Dickens, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and Josh Turner.
Wednesday's announcement came just before the Opry House's signature element, a six-foot circle of oak wood taken from the historic Ryman Auditorium, was returned to its home.
Opry members Little Jimmy Dickens and Brad Paisley were on hand and helped lower the circle into the center of the Opry House stage.
"That circle means the world to all of us who love country music. I've always said that the circle still contains the dust from Hank Williams' cowboy boots," Paisley said. "Now it contains that dust, but also the heart and soul of this town and all the people who have worked to rise above this spring's floods."
President of the Grand Ole Opry Group Steven Buchanan said it is the best feeling in the world to see the circle back home.
"There is no doubt, the next two months are going to be some of the most memorable and emotional ever for our performers and fans," he continued.
The Opryland Hotel is still on schedule to reopen November 15.
In total, the sprawling complex sustained more than $200 million in damages when the Cumberland River overflowed its banks on May 2.