Known as Nashville Arena upon its inception, Bridgestone Arena's 1993 mission statement was "to provide a state-of-the-art facility that can maximize utilization by hosting a full spectrum of events appealing to all constituencies in the Nashville area. The arena should help stimulate growth and enhance development in downtown Nashville, provide an attractive venue for entertainment, sports and learning, instill a renewed sense of pride in the city, and serve as a landmark for the image and reputation of Nashville as a premier place to live, visit, work and enjoy."
Twenty years later, the building has helped stimulate growth more than those who developed the arena could have ever imagined. Not only is Bridgestone Arena one of the top-five venues in the nation for entertainment, it's home to one of the NHL's top Stanley Cup contenders.
The building will celebrate its 20th Anniversary this year during a matchup against the New York Rangers on Saturday, December 17, taking place two decades after its opening event, Amy Grant's memorable concerts on December 16 and 17, 1996. Since that first iconic concert run all the way through today, more than 20 million fans have visited Bridgestone Arena to watch history unfold and to create lasting memories.
Leading up to the 20th anniversary celebration, NashvillePredators.com will take a look back at the greatest moments in Arena history, year-by-year, continuing today with the year 1999.
A wide variety of acts took the stage in 1999 ranging all the way from the stage make-up-clad KISS "Psycho Circus Tour" to boy band sensation NSYNC led by Memphis, Tennessee native, Justin Timberlake.
On April 17, the Predators first-ever draft selection, David Legwand made his debut in the final game of Nashville's inaugural season. He would go onto play a franchise record 956 games for the club.
Power couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill spent their fair share of time at 501 Broadway this year - first taking home awards in six categories at the Music City Awards and then later hosting Tim's Live New Year's Eve Blast.
Remember When: 1999
Billboard Hot 100 Top Song: "Believe" -Cher
Top Grossing Movie: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
Top Rated TV Show: Who Wants To Be A Millionaire