Nashville, Tenn. -- GRAMMY and CMA-winning singer/songwriter and newest Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Alan Jackson will play a free concert on Lower Broadway on Saturday, June 3 in advance of the Nashville Predators' first home game in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. Broadway Smash: Preds Party with a Purpose will open at 3:30 p.m. with Jackson taking the stage at 4:45 pm. in advance of the 7 p.m. game, which will be shown on large screens as the Predators take to the ice in Bridgestone Arena.
The concert stage will be at Fifth and Broadway, facing the Cumberland River. Broadway will be closed between Fifth Avenue and Third Avenue and large screens will be placed on stage and around the event site.
"This is an exciting time for the Predators and the city of Nashville," Jackson said. "As a fan, I'm proud to be included in their road to the Stanley Cup."
"Alan Jackson is a world-renowned star and a world-class Predators fan who is going to get the crowd revved up for an exciting Game 3 match against the Penguins," Mayor Megan Barry said. "The excitement will be palpable throughout Nashville and I know it will help carry the Preds onto victory in the game and take us one step closer to bringing the Stanley Cup to Music City."
"Alan Jackson is a staple in the Smashville community and we know he'll bring the excitement of our great city's first ever Stanley Cup Final game to the stage on Saturday," Nashville Predators President and CEO Sean Henry said.
"The Stanley Cup Final is the NHL's biggest event, Nashville is country music's biggest stage, and from Alan Jackson to the game itself, it doesn't get bigger or better than having this type of first-class entertainment experience on Lower Broadway - one of the most iconic streets in the entertainment world," said NHL Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President Steve Mayer.
Thousands of fans have turned out at the Music City Walk of Fame Park to view home and away games throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and Lower Broadway will accommodate the thousands more expected to turn out for the home games of the Stanley Cup Final. Broadway Smash will also take place prior to the Game 4 home game on Monday, June 5.
Predators mascot GNASH and the Predators Energy Team are scheduled to make appearances. Food trucks will be on site, and sodas and beer will be on sale. Bottled water and hot dogs will be available at low, family-friendly prices.
Folding chairs and small bags (no larger than 12"x12") will be permitted, but for public safety coolers, backpacks and large bags will not be allowed. For a complete list of house rules, please go to visitmusiccity.com/nashvillepredators.
Among transportation options available to fans, the Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee (RTA) in partnership with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp is offering free rides on the Music City Star for Game 3 and Game 4. An allotment of 700 tickets will be available to the public on the #SmashvilleExpress train. Tickets must be acquired in advance by going online to ticketsnashville.com and printing a ticket.
Additionally, the Predators want all of Nashville to get to where they are watching the game safely. Whether downtown with us or at any of our official watch parties, count on Uber for a reliable ride. Never taken an Uber? Use code GOPREDS to get your first ride free!
The parties are co-hosted by the City of Nashville and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp with the assistance of MooTV in support of the Nashville Predators and in partnership with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Sports Council. They are produced by the NCVC and NHL Original Productions.
Portions of the performance will be televised on NBCSN in the U.S. and Sportsnet in Canada.
The Nashville Predators became the National Hockey League's 27th team on May 4, 1998 and have evolved from a young expansion franchise into a staple of the Middle Tennessee community in the 19 years since. The team strives each season to reach its One Goal: becoming a Stanley Cup Champion hockey team while making Bridgestone Arena the number one sports and entertainment venue in the United States. With One Goal in mind, the team is seeing its greatest success in team history as they play in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.
Just announced as an inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Alan Jackson's membership among country music's all-time greats is the latest in a long line of career-defining accolades that include three CMA Entertainer of the Year honors, more than 25 years of membership in the Grand Ole Opry, a 2016 Billboard ranking as one of the Top 10 Country Artists of All-Time, induction to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Heritage Award as the most-performed country songwriter-artist of ASCAP's first 100 years. The man from rural Newnan, Ga., has sold nearly 60-million albums worldwide, ranks as one of the 10 best-selling male vocalists of all-time in all genres. He has released more than 60 singles - registering 50 Top Ten hits and 35 #1s (including 26 Billboard chart-toppers). He has earned more than 150 music industry awards - including 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, a pair of GRAMMYs and ASCAP's Founders and Golden Note Awards. Jackson is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in music. He is in the elite company of Paul McCartney and John Lennon among songwriters who've written more than 20 songs that they've recorded and taken to the top of the charts. Jackson is one of the best-selling artists since the inception of SoundScan, ranking alongside the likes of Eminem and Metallica