-Strong numbers see second consecutive Top 10 first quarter ranking-
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Bridgestone Arena ranks seventh in the United States and 16th in the world for concert attendance, according to international trade publication Pollstar’s First Quarter Ticket Sales report. This is Bridgestone Arena’s second consecutive First Quarter in the U.S. Top 10 and World Top 20.
“This fantastic news comes on the heels of one of our most successful months in arena history,” Bridgestone Arena VP of Booking David Kells said. “We set records in March, with fans coming out in droves for Pink, Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Maroon 5, SEC Men’s Basketball and Nashville Predators games, and we’ve been fortunate to start off the year with popular events that provide a little something for everyone in Monster Jam, Justin Bieber, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Shinedown, WinterJam, WWE Raw and Kid Rock. Our ability to bring world-class entertainment to Nashville wouldn’t be possible without the tremendous support of the Nashville music community; great promoters, managers and performers; and our dedicated staff.”
2013 Bridgestone Arena First Quarter Highlights:
Jan. 4-5: Monster Jam (two shows)
Jan. 18: Justin Bieber
Jan. 25-27: Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus (seven shows)
Feb. 8: Shinedown
Feb. 9: WinterJam
Feb. 11: WWE Raw
Feb. 15: Kid Rock
March 2: Pink
March 6: Bon Jovi
March 22: Eric Clapton
March 24: Maroon 5
Upcoming Bridgestone Arena events include: Keith Urban’s “We’re All for the Hall” benefit concert (April 16), Jimmy Buffett (April 27), Rush (May 1) The Black Keys (May 3), CMT Awards (June), One Direction (June 18), Cirque Du Soleil: Quidam (June 26-30), Beyoncé (July 13) and the NCAA Women’s Final Four (2014).
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, hosting more than 19 million guests during that time and being nominated as Pollstar’s Venue of the Year for the sixth consecutive year in 2012. The NHL’s Nashville Predators have been the primary tenants of Bridgestone Arena since 1998 and boast one of the most unique game atmospheres in the NHL. The list of acts and events that have called Bridgestone Arena home is lengthy and includes the Country Music Association Awards; the Country Music Television Awards; Keith Urban’s “We’re All For the Hall” benefit concerts; NCAA, SEC and OVC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments; and entertainers such as Garth Brooks, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Billy Joel and the Rolling Stones.
Over the past several years, Bridgestone Arena has gone through several upgrades to improve experiences for fans, guests, performers and athletes. Updates include a new HVAC system, which improves ice-quality for players and creates a comfortable environment for fans, as well as enhancements to Bridgestone Arena’s south entrance, which will bring retail and restaurant space to the south side of the building, creating a brand-new entertainment campus for Nashville locals and visitors. It has been recently indicated that Bridgestone Arena generates an annual economic impact of approximately $410 million for the city of Nashville.
To receive regular updates on upcoming events at Bridgestone Arena, visit bridgestonearena.com. Visit nashvillepredators.com for the complete Predators game schedule.