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Bridgestone Arena Awarded Venue of the Year Award By Academy of Country Music

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
(Nashville, TN – April 6, 2010) Bridgestone Arena has been awarded The Academy of Country Music Venue of the Year Award.

“Winning the ACM is a fantastic honor for the entire Bridgestone Arena team. Being in the home of country music we understand the history and importance of the ACM awards. This award puts another spotlight on the city of Nashville and Bridgestone Arena as a great location for entertainment and events.”
.– Brock Jones, Sr. Director of Booking, Bridgestone Arena

2009 Bridgestone Arena Highlights
•Host to the 43rd Annual CMA Awards –November 11th
•Host to the 2009 SEC Gymnastics Tournament – March 6-9
•Host to the CMT Music Awards – June 16th
•Host to Keith Urban’s All for the Hall Benefit – October 13th
•More than 150 events in 2009 with top performers such as
oMiley Cyrus – November 25th
oBruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – November 18th
oKISS – October 28th
oKings of Leon – October 16th
oMetallica – September 13th
oTaylor Swift – September 12th
oKeith Urban and Sugarland – August 29th
oElton John and Billy Joel – May 16th
oBilly Currington – April 25th
oSaltimbanco Cirque Du Soleil – April 9th – 12th
oTennessee’s first UFC fight – April 1st
oBrad Paisley – March 14th
oSteve Harvey – February 7th
oAC/DC – January 31st
oCeline Dion – January 13th
oMontgomery Gentry – January 9th
•Host to over 1.3 million guests in 2009
•2009 Pollstar Arena of the Year Nominee
•Facilites Magazine Prime Site Award Winner 2009

Other venues nominated are BOK Center (Tulsa, OK), Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion (Gilford, NH), Sprint Center (Kansas City, MO) and Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion (Raleigh, NC). This is the Bridgestone Arena’s first ACM nomination and award.

The 45th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 7:00 PM live CST on CBS. Industry awards are presented to honorees at “ACM Honors,” an annual event held in Nashville in the fall.

Bridgestone Arena opened in December 1996. 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 and Billy Joel, Rolling Stones, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Martina McBride. The Bridgestone Arena has been the home of the NHL’s Nashville Predators since 1998.

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