Opryland Resort and Convention Center Reopens

The Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville reopened Monday (Nov. 15) after being closed since major flooding hit Middle Tennessee in May. The owner, Gaylord Entertainment, spent approximately $270 million to repair and upgrade the 2,880-room hotel. Among the additions are several new restaurants and the Porter Wagoner Suite, named after the late Grand Ole Opry star. Part of the room decorations is an embroidered wall created by Manuel Cuevas, the Nashville tailor who made many of Wagoner’s rhinestone suits. Later this week, a delegation of corporate meeting planners and travel writers will be visiting the hotel for a reopening event that will include performances by Trace Adkins, Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow and Craig Morgan. The Grand Ole Opry House, also heavily damaged by the flooding from the nearby Cumberland River, reopened in September. The nearby Opry Mills mall remains closed pending litigation involving insurance on the property.