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Bridgestone Arena Nominated For 2012 Arena Of The Year Award By Pollstar Magazine

by Press Release / Nashville Predators

- David Kells nominated for Pollstar Facility Executive of the Year -

Nashville Tenn.  – Bridgestone Arena, home of the National Hockey League’s Nashville Predators, has been nominated for the 2012 Pollstar Concert Industry Arena of the Year Award. This is the sixth consecutive nomination and ninth overall for Bridgestone Arena.

Additionally, Bridgestone Arena’s very own David Kells has been nominated as Pollstar’s Facility Executive of the year. Kells has been with Bridgestone Arena and the Nashville Predators since 2005. During his tenure he has served as the Conversion Manager, Event Manager, Director of Marketing and is currently the Vice President of Booking.

“We are equally proud and humbled by this sixth consecutive nomination for Pollstar’s Arena of the Year Award,” Bridgestone Arena COO Sean Henry said. “We take a lot of pride in keeping this arena at the forefront of the industry, from the quality of shows that take the stage and the number of fans who walk through the doors to the world-class experience we provide for all our guests, performers, players and employees.

“We are also incredibly proud of David Kells, who made such a positive impact in his first year as VP of Booking he was nominated for Facility Executive of the Year. Our success as an arena is a tribute in large part to his tireless work ethic, innovative strategies and the unique partnerships he has built with tours, agents, managers and promoters that contributed to his accomplishments in his new role. He is an invaluable and irreplaceable member of our team; we wouldn’t be where we are without him. Each time we are recognized by our peers, individually or as an organization, we close in on our ultimate goal of becoming the Number One venue in the country.”

Five other arenas have been nominated for this international honor, including BOK Center (Tulsa, OK), Consol Energy Center (Pittsburgh, PA), Madison Square Garden (New York, NY), Staples Center (Los Angeles, CA) and Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia, PA). The 24th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards Ceremony will take place on Feb. 7, during the Pollstar Live! Awards Party at Club Nokia (Los Angeles).

2012 Bridgestone Arena Highlights:

•Host to the 2012 Stanley Cup Western Conference Quarterfinals and Semifinals

•Host to the 2012 CMT Music Awards

•Host to the 2012 46th Annual CMA Awards

Events with top performers such as:

•Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
•Sesame Street Live
•SEC Women’s Basketball
•NCAA Men’s Basketball
•Van Halen
•Eric Church
•Roger Waters
•WWE Raw
•Carrie Underwood
•Kiss/Mötley Crüe
•American Idol
•Barry Manilow
•Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks
•Jason Mraz
•James Taylor
•Def Leppard and Poison
•Disney On Ice

Upcoming 2012 Bridgestone Arena events include Wiz Kalifa, The Who, the Grammy Nominations Concert, Aerosmith, MTSU vs. Vanderbilt Men’s Basketball and Western Kentucky vs. Louisville Men’s Basketball, Bassnectar, Rick Ross and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

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.

Serving as the home for numerous national and international events, Bridgestone Arena has the distinction of being one of the busiest venues in the Unites States over the past decade and a half. Bridgestone Arena was named the sixth-busiest building in the U.S. by Pollstar Magazine in 2010 and 2011 and has been a finalist for their Concert Industry Arena of the Year Award in each of the past six years. The NHL’s Nashville Predators have been the primary tenant of Bridgestone Arena since 1998 – just two years after the venue opened its doors for its first concert. The list of acts that call Bridgestone Arena home is lengthy and includes the CMA Awards, the CMT Awards, Keith Urban’s “We’re All For the Hall” benefit concerts, Disney On Ice, SEC Men’s and Women’s Basketball and NCAA Men’s Basketball (2000, 2002, 2005 and 2012). The arena will also host the NCAA Women’s Final Four in 2014.

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