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Nashville Predators Take the Ice in Smashville

The Bridgestone Arena is packed, the 16th consecutive sellout for a Nashville Predators home game. Over 17,000 ice hockey fans follow the chant as it reverberates around the stadium, while the players spin and joust for control of the puck. DSC_0131Expert passes, offensive players converging around the goalie, one quick snap shot and the crowd erupts. Another goal for the Predators!

DSC_0115This is maybe my third ever ice hockey game and I’m amazed at their skill on ice. They work so hard that players continually trade places every 45 seconds and fresh recruits slide on to the ice to do battle with the visiting L.A. Kings. DSC_0121

The Predators have clocked 182 home victories since the beginning of the 05/06 season. They are the only National Hockey League (NHL) team to post at least 23 home victories in seven consecutive seasons. This team is doing Nashville proud!

 

close up goalInteraction is the key to every Predators’ NHL game, keeping the excitement level highly charged. Cell Block 303 is the rowdy corner of the stadium. Fans in Section 303 in the Upper Deck instigate every chant with derisive mockery of the opponent’s goalie, a wave that ripples around the arena.  Everyone around us joins in, whooping and whistling. During intermissions between the three periods, youngsters get the chance to test their prowess on the ice or cheer along Gnash, the Predators’ 4-wheeler mascot.

DSC_0122In-game contests flash on the big state-of-the-art screen hanging in the center of the arena, while smaller scoreboards continually give updates of scores around the league. It’s non-stop activity!

DSC_0101You can experience Smashville at various levels. Pre-game activity is hopping, with fans patronising souvenir and concession stands, filling the more exclusive Patrons Platinum Club, 501 Club and gathering in privately purchased suites that ring the arena with great views of action on the ice. You can find out about all the ticket options on the Predator’s website and Facebook page.

DSC_0151We all love supporting our favorite sports team – but it’s good to know that their positive influence extends beyond the playing field…or ice rink.  Since established in 1998, the Nashville Predators Foundation has awarded more than $3.5 million to the greater Nashville community in grants and charitable donations, benefitting thousands of people in the Middle Tennessee area.

DSC_0084This coming Saturday (Feb 16) you can join in the annual Nashville Predators Fangtastic 5K run presented by Adventureworks. A free 1K Kids’ Run begins at 9:30am and the 5K at 10:00am. Register today and come out to show your support. The post-race party is at Honky Tonk Central.

For those who appreciate a good drop of wine, join the Nashville Predators Foundation eighth annual Wine Festival and Tasting in the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, April 18, 6:00-10:00pm Tickets are $75 per person for the event, offering tasting of more than 200 higher end wines, beers and spirits plus a silent auction of over 200 items. The Patron Platinum Club will host a VIP Dinner and Tasting.

Bridgestone arenaThe Nashville Predators’ home at the Bridgestone Arena is perfectly situated in downtown Nashville, right on the edge of the Broadway strip of tourist bars and nightclubs and across the street from the Country Music Hall of Fame.

As we chatted outside the arena to a diehard Predators fan after the game, he smiled as he turned to leave. “We’ll, I’m off for a drink and some good country music.”

Welcome to Nashville!

Hi! I’m Dayle Fergusson. As a transplanted Aussie living in Middle Tennessee since 1986, I have been a freelance travel...Read on

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