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Bridgestone Arena Nominated For 2010 Arena Of The Year Award By Pollstar Magazine

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
(Nashville, TN – November 12, 2010) Bridgestone Arena, home of the National Hockey League’s Nashville Predators, has been nominated for the 2010 Pollstar Concert Industry Arena of the Year Award. Six other arenas have been nominated for this international honor, including: Air Canada Centre (Toronto, Ont.), BOK Center (Tulsa, Okla.), HP Pavilion (San Jose, Calif.), Madison Square Garden (New York, N.Y.), Staples Center (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Xcel Energy Center (St. Paul, Minn.).

This is the seventh nomination overall and fourth consecutive for Bridgestone Arena. The 22nd Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards Ceremony will take place February 5, 2011 in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theater.

Pollstar Magazine focuses primarily on the concert industry and also reports on news regarding sports and entertainment. The nominating committee is comprised of industry leaders in all facets of the entertainment business, including: arena managers, artists, artist managers, agents and promoters from across the country and abroad. The winner of this prestigious award is determined by the international readership of Pollstar.

“This year, even more so than others, highlights the outstanding effort everyone at Bridgestone Arena puts into staging and hosting world class events,” Nashville Predators/Bridgestone Arena Chief Operating Officer Sean Henry said. “Hosting Paul McCartney’s first-ever Nashville performance, nine sold out Garth Brooks shows, the final Brooks and Dunn concert, the 2010 SEC Men’s tournament, and the fact that not one event was canceled or postponed due to the May floods shows what this arena and community are capable of accomplishing. Being nominated by Pollstar is a wonderful recognition of our effort and successes.”

2010 Bridgestone Arena Highlights
•Host to the 44th Annual CMA Awards –November 10th
•Host to the 2010 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament – March 11th -14th
•Host to the CMT Music Awards – June 9th
•Host to Keith Urban’s All for the Hall Benefit for the Country Music Hall of Fame– October 5th
•2010 International Entertainment Buyers Association Venue of the Year
•2009 Academy of Country Music Venue of the Year
•2010 Facilities Magazine Prime Site Award Winner
•Nashville Rising Flood Relief Benefit Concert – June 22nd
•More than 150 events in 2010 with top performers such as
oJohn Mayer – February 10th
oEric Clapton – February 27th
oMuse – March 15th
oBon Jovi – April 21st
oJimmy Buffett – May 1st
oJames Taylor and Carole King – May 22nd
oAmerican Idol Auditions July 15th – 17th
oPaul McCartney’s– July 26th – First Ever Nashville Performance
oJustin Bieber – August 11th
oBrooks and Dunn’s Last Rodeo – September 2nd - Final Performance
oGeorge Strait and Reba – September 11th
oCarrie Underwood – October 13th
oMichael Buble’ – December 5th
oGarth Brooks – December 16th, 17th, 19th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd – 9 Concerts – Garth Brooks’ only arena shows of the year. All ticket sales benefit the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
oUsher – December 27th
oZac Brown Band – December 29th
•Host to over 1.3 million guests so far this year

Bridgestone Arena opened in December 1996. The facility has hosted more than 13 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, Paul McCartney, Elton John and Billy Joel, Rolling Stones, Tim McGraw, KISS, Metallica and Kings of Leon. Bridgestone Arena has been the home of the NHL’s Nashville Predators since 1998; home of the CMA Awards; CMT Music Awards; SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2019; NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament second and third Rounds in 2012; and NCAA Women’s Final Four Basketball Tournament in 2013.

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