War Memorial Auditorium capacity increased to 2,044

Venue one of city's handful with 2,000-plus patron capability

War Memorial Auditorium has increased its capacity to 2,044 from 1,789.

With the modification, which increases the historic venue’s capacity by 255, War Memorial Auditorium becomes the latest of only a handful of Nashville-based live music venues with a capacity of 2,000 or more. WMA has both fixed-seating and open-floor areas.

"WMA always has been a first-rate performance hall, offering superior live concert experiences. We are extremely excited to have the capacity close to what it was when the venue first opened in 1925,” Brent Hyams, WMA chief operating officer, said in a release.

Originally, the facility’s capacity was 2,200, with number reduced shortly thereafter to 1,661. The building, located on Legislative Plaza, opened in 1925.

War Memorial Auditorium first served as a convention center and later was home to, among others, the Grand Ole Opry and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. The Tennessee Performing Arts Center oversees the venue’s operations.