The Ryman Auditorium will reopen for limited capacity live audience concerts beginning Friday, Sept. 4, with Scotty McCreery‘s headlining concert, part of the Live at the Ryman series. The concert will mark the first performance with a live audience at the Ryman since venue shutdowns began in mid-March, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The venue will be limited to 125 ticketed attendees (approximately 5% of the venue’s capacity). The audience will be physically distanced inside the venue with “POD” seating, allowing groups of 2-6 people per pod. Masks will mandatory for all guests, as well as for all Ryman Auditorium operations and production staff. There will be designated restrooms, entrance and exit points for the main floor and balcony seating. There will be no food or beverage service, though complimentary bottled water will be available. All Ryman Auditorium staffers will undergo temperature checks.
In-venue tickets for the McCreery show begin at $89, which include an exclusive Hatch Show Print poster and in-person access to the artist Q&A prior to the show. Livestream ticket prices begin at $10 with VIP upgrades available for $40 (livestream ticket and virtual artist Q&A) and $95 (livestream ticket, virtual artist Q&A, autographed Hatch Show Print poster and series t-shirt). All merchandise is available for purchase in advance online to commemorate the landmark series. In-venue tickets for the Sept. 4 show are on sale at ryman.com.
The Live At The Ryman series will continue with concerts from Brett Young (Sept. 11) and Old Crow Medicine Show (Sept. 18).
Each concert in the series is produced by the same team that has produced the weekly Saturday live broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry since the early days of the pandemic when all events with a live audience were suspended. Live At The Ryman uses the Mandolin livestream platform, giving fans at home access to a front row seat.
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