NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – New additions to the Ryman Auditorium will be unveiled to the media Monday afternoon and the public on Tuesday.
The statue of Captain Thomas Ryman is one of the main focuses of the building’s rehabilitation. It was strategically placed back in the plaza but facing in a different direction.
“Previously, it faced north, and they thought it was important for him to face towards the east, towards the river this time being a river captain as he was,” construction superintendent Nathan Guertin explained.
Other upgrades include a new entrance, a box office with exterior windows, a gift shop and an activity station.
“We did it. Just in the nick of time, before CMA Fest, and we are ready to greet the hundreds of thousands of people who will be here enjoying our town and The Ryman,” said Sally Williams, the General Manager.
The new features will be open to be public on Tuesday.