Tennessee governor’s inauguration moving indoors due to weather forecast

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – – The inauguration ceremony for Governor-elect Bill Lee is being moved indoors. The public ceremony normally held on Legislative Plaza will now be held inside the War Memorial Auditorium.

After learning that the weekend forecast held a high risk of heavy rain, strong winds and possible lightning, officials made the call to move the event inside. Organizers say War Memorial Auditorium will have a seating capacity of 1,661. 

After his Tuesday pre-inaugural interviews, the governor-elect himself expressed concern about the impending weather.

This will be the first time since the inauguration of former Tennessee Governor Ray Blanton in 1975 that the ceremony has been moved off of the Plaza.

Sources say everywhere the inaugural staffers looked to move the event was already booked for Saturday — places like Bridgestone Arena which is already busy with the Nashville Predators.

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