Those attending a show at the Opry House or Ryman Auditorium will now have to wait a little longer to take their seats. That's because on Thursday (August 18), the venues began using new security techniques implemented by Ryman Hospitality, the company that owns the two venues.
The increased security measures will be in effect full force at the Opry House by Friday (August 19). As for the Ryman Auditorium, the new security measures will be in place in time for comedian Bill Maher's show on Saturday (August 20).
The Tennessean reports that some of the new steps the company has taken to increase security at the two venues include the addition of metal detectors and bag searches. More security personnel will be present at the venues, along with more Metro Nashville Police Department officers.
Brian Abrahamson, the vice president for corporate communications and administration at Ryman Hospitality, said the increased security is not in response to a threat. Rather, he said the company decided to invest in such an undertaking after it learned more about security at other venues and more artists started to request increased security.
"We want to make sure these great assets are protected, the artists who play here are protected, fans are protected and of course protect our employees," he said.
Fans can expect longer lines at both venues, and are encouraged to arrive an hour before a show in order to get through in time. Abrahamson said the company did test runs over the course of the past few weeks with employees to make sure all the equipment is in working order and to prepare for the longer lines. Other than the increase in wait time, Abrahamson said that the fans' experiences will not be diminished with the addition of the new security measures.
So if you're planning to attend the Opry House or the Ryman Auditorium soon, be prepared because things are going to be a bit different than you're used to. But the one thing that won't be different is the quality of entertainment you'll see, such as the top-notch performance from Toby Keith in the video below, in which he pays tribute to late country legend Merle Haggard.
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