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Refurbished Grand Ole Opry Ready To Greet Fans Again

NASHVILLE — Tonight's star-studded reopening of the refurbished Grand Ole Opry House may be specially titled Country Comes Home, but in some ways, the long-running radio program never left.

The Opry didn't miss a single airing after the devastating middle Tennessee flooding in May. But its permanent home near the Cumberland River east of Nashville suffered significant damage, forcing a temporary relocation to several area venues.

The Opry was about to celebrate its 85th birthday, however, and that helped spur a $20 million-plus reinvestment — and tonight's gala. Opry fans who tune in to the event, being shown live on cable's Great American Country (9 ET/6 PT; also airing live on WSM AM 650 and webcast on opry.com), might not notice much difference in the refurbished stage set, save for the dark teak flooring showcasing the oak circle taken from the stage of the Opry's first full-time home, the crosstown Ryman Auditorium.

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