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Arena Upgrades Not Taking a Back Seat

by Alexis Tahara / Nashville Predators

The Nashville Predators action on the ice hasn’t given fans much of a reason to stay seated this season.

But when they do find time to sit down between exciting happenings on the ice, they’ll be sitting on chairs that won’t be in Bridgestone Arena much longer.

Beginning in the summer of 2015, Bridgestone Arena will begin replacing all of the seats in the building. The lower-bowl seats are set to be replaced this offseason and the seats in the upper bowl and on the Gary Force Acura Club Level will be replaced in the summer of 2016.

Always an organization that has been fan-driven, those in charge of selecting the new seats have narrowed down the options, but have decided to turn the final decision over to the supporters of the Preds.

Super padded? Cup holders? Size of the arm rests? Style of back?

With countless choices, there is no better way for fans to decide their favorite than to take a seat on a few samples before casting their votes. At Preds home games through the end of February, sample chairs can be found between AT&T Fan Information and the FOX Sports Zone – guests are invited to take a seat, make their pick and cast a vote via the Arena WiFi or the Smashville App (available for free in iTunes and GooglePlay) toward their favorite.

The new seat installation is just another in a growing list of renovations that Bridgestone Arena (and the city of Nashville) have seen in recent years.

When Preds alumnus Jeremy Stevenson, who played 100 games for the Preds between 2000 and 2006, visited Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday for the first time since he left the team, he couldn’t believe the changes. Downtown Nashville is a different place than when he left – the Music City Center and the Omni Hotel have opened in the SoBro district, countless new restaurants and shops have opened all around town and even Tootsies has changed, adding a third level to the storied Broadway Honky Tonk. Stevenson also noted the changes inside Bridgestone Arena; a new color scheme, LED boards and plenty of other amenities.

One would expect a lot of change in the nine years since Stevenson last walked in the doors at 501 Broadway, but these days, even if it’s been just a few months since a visit, fans are noticing countless upgrades and changes to Bridgestone Arena.

In the last year and a half, the Bridgestone Arena exterior has changed with the opening of the Nissan SoBro entrance, an anchor to the Demonbreun Street side of the building, and home to Tavern ’96, LED video boards and the new Team Store. Inside the arena, Barrel House, the American Moonshine Bar and Tito’s Vodka Stand joined the list of places fans can quench their thirst during events. On the Event Level, Lexus Lounge opened and has quickly earned the reputation as the premier place to enjoy live sports and entertainment in the Southeast. On top of the brick and mortar changes, free WiFi was introduced to connect the fans with everything, from in-event ticket upgrades to concession locations.

With 18 events – hockey games, concerts and shows – in February, thousands of people will be streaming through Bridgestone Arena’s doors in one of the busiest months in the building’s history.

Chances are, one of those people visiting the arena in the next two months will be you. When you do, grab a snack or drink at your favorite new stand, log into the arena’s free WiFi and then head on over to try out the new chairs and cast your vote; a vote that helps Bridgestone Arena improve for you, the most important guest.

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