In 1971, it was believed that no archaeological find would ever match their recent discovery. Then in 1994, while digging the foundations for the new Nashville Arena (now called Bridgestone Arena), an even greater discovery was made. Deep beneath the surface, down where the earth is cold and dark, the drills and jackhammers unearthed a beast, a baby saber-tooth tiger, completely frozen in a huge block of ice. The site had obviously been undisturbed for years.
Rather than subject the creature to an existence of endless scientific research and study living in a cage, they looked for a place where he could feel at home. The cat would need a place that felt like a cave, where he would hear the familiar roar of his own kind. And, above all else, he needed ice!
The crew placed the frozen cub in the center of the arena to thaw. When they returned the next morning, the ice had melted and the creature was gone. They searched for days, but never found him. They feared that he was gone forever, but they were wrong. The little beast had gone in search of other tigers in this strange new world.
After several years, he had given up hope of ever finding any of his kind again. Then on Oct. 10, 1998, he heard the familiar roar of other saber-tooth tigers. What he found were Predators fans cheering their team on Opening Night. He had found a home.
Now all grown up, the huge beast lives in the dark corners of Bridgestone Arena, and only comes out of hiding when he hears the familiar Predators roar that reminds him of home.
GNASH makes more than 600 appearances during the year in the community. Whether it be a birthday party, a classroom full of kids, retail promotions, school fundraisers, corporate events, parades or even wedding receptions, GNASH is the perfect addition to your event. To request GNASH for an event, read the descriptions below and fill out the request form.
For the health and safety of all fans, GNASH is unavailable for in-game experiences at this time.
Bring the thrill of GNASH and the Nashville Predators to your event, whether it is a new store opening, back-to-school sale or merchandise promotion.
Any party comes to life with autographs, pictures, playtime and general mayhem from GNASH.
Please be aware that all charity requests will require a copy of your 501(c)3 paperwork, assigning non-profit status to your organization, prior to the event.
All charity events must be scheduled a minimum of two (2) business days prior to the desired date, and are first come, first served.