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An Introduction To Smashville

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
A First-Timers Guide to Smashville

Smashville is home to the Nashville Predators, but it’s more than just a physical place on a map. It’s a spirit that no other NHL team can ever own or understand. To put it simply, it’s a one-of-a-kind Nashville entertainment experience that shouldn’t be missed. If you’re new to Smashville, we’ve compiled a Top 10 list to make any rookie feel like a grizzled veteran.

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1. Meet the Nashville Predators
The players and coaches are the heart of Smashville. They embody the spirit of teamwork and community that makes the whole greater than the sum of its parts. The synergy that makes this team special is incredible and it shows … both on the ice and in the community … and is what makes this team so respected around hockey circles.
Meet the team

2. Hey, look … there’s GNASH!
The Preds’ lovable and fun-loving mascot energizes the crowd during home games with stunts, spirit and a trace of spunk. And if you’re an opposing team fan, you better beware … Gnash is watching for that perfect opportunity to show you who’s boss! Away from the rink, Gnash is certainly a ‘Pred About Town.’ Whether it is a street festival, hockey clinic, hospital visit, school appearance or a birthday party surprise, you know this saber-tooth tiger is not far behind.

3. Bridgestone Arena
Bridgestone Arena is the epicenter of Smashville. Its doors opened in 1996 and the Preds quickly followed in 1998. The facility has hosted over 12 million guests for such events as the NCAA Men’s Basketball Regional Tournament, SEC and OVC Men’s & Women’s Basketball Tournament, as well as entertainers such as Garth Brooks, Elton John, Billy Joel, Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Brad Paisley and Martina McBride.
Bridgestone Arena

4. Seen in Smashville
Considered the ‘third coast’ to many, Nashville is definitely a place to be seen. Smashville is no different. Celebs from the big stage and the big screen can often be seen cheering for their favorite hockey team, including Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman, Vince Gill, Taylor Swift, Dierks Bentley, Josh Turner, Jimmy Fallon, Vince Young and a host of others. You never know who you’ll see in Smashville!
A closer look

5. “I Like It, I Love It!”
Country superstar Tim McGraw’s hit tune was creatively crafted into the Preds’ signature goal song when the team arrived in Music City and is surely music to the ears of fans. When the Preds ‘light the lamp,’ the official goal song of Smashville rings loud and clear to ignite a celebration. “I like it, I love it, I want some more of it. I try so hard, I can’t rise above it. Don’t know what it is ‘bout the Predators scoring … but I like it, I love it, I want some more of it.”

6. Fang Fingers
Whether they be flesh or foam, a Preds power play wouldn’t be the same without the fans of Smashville letting everyone know that it’s time to show their fangs and sink their teeth into the opposition. When a penalty is called on the visitors, the horror sounds from the Alfred Hitchcock movie, ‘Psycho,’ launch a symbolic ‘finger frenzy’ in the arena.

7. The Seventh Man
The fans of Smashville make this place one of the loudest and toughest buildings for opposing teams to visit. From the creative chants originating from Section 303 to the impromptu and electrifying standing ovations that the team receives during TV timeouts, the Preds truly do have a home ice advantage 40+ times a season. Smashville fans are passionate and appreciate a gritty, determined effort from their team—and reward the team with their unwavering support.

8. Tootoo Whistles
When Preds forward Jordin Tootoo hits the ice, you’ll often hear the sound of crushing body checks. But you’ll also be sure to hear the shrilling ‘freight train’ sound of Tootoo whistles. Sold in the arena concourse for a donation of $10 to the Predators Foundation, these whistles are a good indication that Smashville’s human freight train is on the prowl for that next big hit.
Meet Jordin Tootoo

9. Live from Smashville
Just because a period comes to an end after 20 minutes doesn’t mean that the entertainment comes to a halt. There’s a reason why they call this Music City. Appearing nightly on the Smashville Band Stage in-between periods are some the area’s top musical talents, spanning the spectrum of country, rock, Christian and pop genres and entertaining fans of all ages. It’s no wonder Music calls this city home.

10. Listen Up!
Last but certainly not least are the distinctive voices of Nashville Predators hockey. Pete Weber and Terry Crisp have shared the broadcast booth together for 12 seasons and comprise one of the most well-known broadcast duos in the NHL. Blending extensive hockey knowledge with refreshing personality, Pete and Terry can relate well to all hockey fans – old-timers and newbies, alike. Add Tom Callahan to mix of voices, in his second season with the broadcast team. Tom serves as play-by-play man on the Predators radio network while also contributing as a rink-side reporter for all games that are not televised.
Meet the trio

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