A multi-purpose facility located in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, the Bridgestone Arena serves primarily as the home-ice for the national Hockey League’s Nashville Predators.
The arena was constructed by Populous, which was formerly known as HOK Sport, who worked with the Nashville-based Hart Freeland Roberts, INC architecture firm on the project.
In addition to being the home of the Nashville Predators, the venue has also hosted a number of major professional and college basketball events, as well as countless music concerts since its opening.
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The arena has a very distinguishable south-end interior with two large round supports columns for the roof and no mid-level seating, and only a single level of luxury suites.
• 501 Broadway
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
• Capacity: 17,113
• Opened: December 18, 1996
• Construction of the stadium was completed in just under three years, with ground broken on January 20, 1994 and the stadium opening 35 months later on December 18, 1996.
• The arena has hosted the US Figure Skating Association National Championships n 1997, the US Gymnastics Championships in 2004, and the Women’s NCAA Tournaments for the Southeastern and Ohio Valley Conferences in 2001, 2006, and 2010.
• In addition to being the home of the Nashville Predators form the NHL, the arena was also the home of the Arena Football League’s Nashville Kats from 1997 till 2001, and again from 2005 to 2007 before the team folded.
• The Country Music Association Awards have been held at the stadium annually since 2006 after their long tenure at the Grand Ole Opry House, and then one year at Madison Square Garden.
Current and Past Teams
Nashville Predators (NHL) (1998–present)
Nashville Kats (AFL) (1997–2001, 2005–2007)