Nashville, Tenn. A new gift shop and box office will be added to the Grand Ole Opry House as part of a $7.5 million renovation.
The improvements, which began last month and are expected to be finished by October, will not affect Opry performances, Gaylord Entertainment said Thursday.
Gaylord president and CEO Colin Reed said the investment assures "the experience of going to the Grand Ole Opry is the best possible for our customers."
Renovations include two additions to the original building that will house a gift shop, box office and public restrooms for the Opry Plaza.
New concessions areas, an elevator and upgrades in lighting and decor are also part of the project, as well as a new audio system and automated mixing console.
The Opry House opened in 1974 and is home to the Grand Ole Opry radio program, billed as the world's longest running live radio show. The show has been broadcast on WSM-AM since its creation 1925.