A sold-out Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center had to be evacuated Tuesday night after a mechanical explosion damaged a large chunk of the complex's Delta area. It appears a mechanical system near an elevator malfunctioned. The blast resulted in one minor injury. Gaylord said this morning that the facility has resumed its normal business and that the incident will not have a material impact on its business.
The Nashville Fire Department, Nashville Police Department, and structural engineers worked through the night to assess the damages and ensure the integrity of the property before allowing everyone to re-enter shortly after 3:00 a.m. CST today. Initial estimates of the damages are less than $750,000 and repairs are underway. The Company carries business interruption and property insurance associated with explosion damage. For now, the affected areas of the Delta Atrium at the property are safely closed off.