Floods ravaged Nashville less than six months ago, sparing few low-lying areas in its wake. This included the famed Grand Ole Opry and the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, host site of NACM's annual Credit Congress event for 2011. Both are helping to highlight how strongly and quickly the Music City is rebounding from the adversity.
The Grand Ole Opry reopened its doors last week after a massive renovation project was necessitated by tragic floods that stormed through the area -- floods that even left the famed stage area under multiple feet of water. The reopening, complete with a concerts with some of country music's biggest names, is seen as a victory for the effort to repair the badly damaged city.
Meanwhile, contacts at the Gaylord report its renovations, at a cost of about $180 million, are coming along well, too. The hotel operator remains on target to reopen on Nov. 15, complete with new or improved features such as the "Cascades Lobby," on-site airline kiosks, restaurants, bars, digital signage, all new carpeting and redesigned meeting space. In essence, those staying at the Gaylord over the next six months to one year, including NACM members come Credit Congress in May, will be doing so at a virtually brand new facility.
"Our meeting space is ready to go, and construction of the new restaurants, bars, Cascades lobby and Magnolia guest rooms is right on schedule," said Kemp Gallineau, Gaylord's senior vice president/chief sales officer. "There's a vibrant new spirit and energy at Gaylord...something greater than ever before. We look forward to sharing it."
Brian Shappell, NACM staff writer