The Ryman Auditorium is a Nashville landmark that has been the home of gospel and country music since it first opened in 1892. First operating as the Union Gospel Tabernacle, the venue became the home of the Grand Ole Opry in 1943. Over the years, the Ryman Auditorium's stage has been graced by such legends as Roy Rogers, Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Jonny Cash and Patsy Cline. However, the Ryman Auditorium almost faced demolition in the 1970s but was saved. With the best acoustics of any venue out there, the Ryman Auditorium has played host to numerous modern performers, including the Foo Fighters, Garth Brooks, Jonny Lang, Patty Griffin and even Coldplay. Find your Ryman Auditorium tickets at StubHub.
The Ryman Auditorium has a seating capacity of 2,362.
The Ryman Auditorium features two different seating areas: the main floor and the balcony. The balcony seats will give an amazing aerial view of the stage and the performers, and the main floor gets you a little closer to the stage. The Ryman Auditorium also features original pews that date back to the 1800s.
The Ryman Auditorium offers valet parking for most of their events, except the Grand Ole Opry. You can access this valet parking lot on Fifth Avenue, and the cost is around $20. There are also other paid parking lots around the venue as well as spaces with street meters where you can park.
Besides attending the Grand Ole Opry and other musical events, you can also take a tour of the Ryman Auditorium. The venue offers both guided and self-guided tours where you can experience the grandeur of this historical landmark. The Ryman Auditorium also offers backstage tours where your guide can teach you a little history as you get a peek of the backstage areas and dressing rooms. You can even have your picture taken on the famous Ryman stage.
For most shows, there is no age limit for events at the Ryman Auditorium. However, certain musical concerts may have an age restriction, so it's best to check with the venue before purchasing tickets.
At the Ryman Auditorium is CafŽ Lula, which is located just outside of the venue's front door. This sidewalk cafŽ offers a full menu of classic Nashville foods and drinks, including sandwiches, fish, Nashville Hot Chicken and ribeye. The eatery also offers local beers and wines.
Yes, the Ryman Auditorium offers many accommodations for wheelchair users. They offer complimentary wheelchair escorts and offer wheelchair seating in both the main floor and balcony seating sections.
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