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Bridgestone Arena: 15 Years In 15 Days -- A Vision For The Future/2012 and Beyond

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

15 Years: A Vision For The Future

Today we conclude our two-week series on Bridgestone Arena’s 15-year anniversary on Dec. 17. During the past 15 days, more than a dozen prominent members of the community – from former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen to singer/songwriter Vince Gill – discussed the benefits that Bridgestone Arena brings to Downtown Nashville and beyond.

The topics ranged from the millions of dollars the arena brings to the local economy each year, to the building being the catalyst for revitalizing downtown businesses and residences, to giving Nashville a stronger sense of community with the Nashville Predators.

More than 18 million people have walked through the doors of Bridgestone Arena since it opened in 1996, and many more exciting events are scheduled for the future.

Tom Cigarran (Chairman) What's In Store At The Arena Did You Know

Tom Cigarran, Chairman
Tom Cigarran is the Chairman of the Nashville Predators. He was a co-founder, former chairman and CEO and current Chairman Emeritus and Director of Healthways, Inc. He was also a co-founder and former Chairman and CEO and a current Director of AmSurg Corporation, the nation’s largest outpatient surgery center company.

Did You Know:

  • According to Smith Travel Research, the 2011 CMA Fest had a $30 million economic impact on Nashville. Bridgestone Arena is a prominent part of the CMA Fan Festival week. The Arena runs ticketing for the entire festival, including the four nightly concert extravaganzas, as well as serving as a host site for one of the prominent day time street stages. Bridgestone Arena is also the host site for the CMT Awards Show, which is annually scheduled around CMA Fan Festival week.
  • The local economic impact from the 2010 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena was more than $18 million, according to the Nashville Sports Council. Bridgestone Arena will host the 2012 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament, and will also be a site for first weekend games for the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The arena will host the 2013 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament.
  • In 2008, the NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four was held in Tampa and had a local economic impact of more than $19 million. As the women’s game continues to grow and bring in more fans, those numbers are expected to grow. Bridgestone Arena will host the NCAA Women’s Final Four in 2014.

Coming To Bridgestone Arena

Among all the stellar events that have called Bridgestone Arena home over the past 15 years, there are even more prime-time events to come including:

Premiere Sporting Events:
  - The 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament
  - The 2012 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament
  - The 2014 NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four
  - The SEC Men's Basketball Tournament is signed on to play at Bridgestone Arena in 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2019
Major International Events and Award Shows:
  - CMA Awards Show annually in November
  - CMT Awards Show annually in June
  - A slate of upcoming UFC bouts
  - A continuing schedule of elite music tours
Top Flight Family Entertainment:
  - Annual visits from the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey circus
  - The best Disney on Ice shows
  - Regular visits from Cirque du Soleil
  - Annual stop on the Advance Autoparts Monster Jam tour
  - And other top seasonal family events
Plus the Best "Tent-Pole" Events:
  - The Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena will also be bidding on NHL Highlight events like the NHL All-Star Game
  - In conjunction with the new Music City Center, Bridgestone Arena will assist in efforts to host the top conventions and conferences

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