It's the perfect party to kick off the Year of the Fan.
All of Smashville is invited to the second annual PredsFest, a free event on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 2-6 p.m. CT at Bridgestone Arena and Walk of Fame Park in downtown Nashville.
Preds player appearances from the entire team, including newcomer Matt Duchene, a used-equipment sale and family-friendly activities are just part of the fun.
Nashville-based rock band Moon Taxi and the Yacht Rock Revue highlight the live entertainment in the afternoon, and Preds alumni, Preds personalities and the Predators Energy Team will also be in attendance.
Autograph sessions with current and former players, giveaways and an amateur skills competition are also on the docket, just a sampling of what fans can look forward to on Sunday.
And, of course, it's going to be bigger and better than ever.
"For a lot of years, we started the season with our Season-Ticket Citizen Meet the Team event, but as this team has grown and become not just the city's team, not just the region's team, but all of Smashville's team, we recognized that we needed to launch the season in bigger fashion," Predators President & CEO Sean Henry said. "It's for all of our fans, for those that come to every game, some that come to one game a year, or those that don't come to games and still love this team. We wanted to create something special."
Additionally, the Preds plan to reveal a brand-new Winter Classic shoulder patch logo that will be utilized for the upcoming 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, featuring the Predators and Dallas Stars.
Over time, Henry envisions PredsFest evolving from an event that takes place over the course of an afternoon to a celebration that covers an entire weekend. That blueprint isn't far off from becoming reality, and this year's installment figures to further encapsulate the passion of the fanbase and what the start of the season has become.
"Ideally, next year it's a little bit longer, and in three to four years, we're celebrating the launch of the season over a few days with everyone that loves this team," Henry said. "From sponsors, to the kid that just watches games on TV, to the fan that hasn't missed a game in 20 years, we want everyone here to take part in this, and that's really exciting."
A full schedule, including early access and events exclusively for Preds Season-Ticket Citizens, may be found at NashvillePredators.com, and stay tuned to @PredsNHL on social media in the coming days for additional information.
You won't want to miss it.
"It's amazing to see what PredsFest is becoming, the way it can bring members of the community together," Henry said. "It speaks volumes for what a sports team can do, because the best thing a sports team can do is unify a community, and I think you see a microcosm of that in PredsFest."