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Bridgestone Arena Recognized by Academy of Country Music

Home of the Predators Earns 2018 Large Capacity Venue of the Year Honors

by Press Release @PredsNHL / Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (May 20, 2019) - The Academy of Country Music announced today that Bridgestone Arena, home of the National Hockey League's Nashville Predators and annual Country Music Association Awards, has been named Large Capacity Venue of the Year for 2018.

This award - which is voted on by the Academy's professional members and honors the behind-the-scenes industry professionals and venues who contribute so much to the artistry, success and longevity of country music - will be celebrated at the 13th Annual ACM Honors taking place on Aug. 21 at the historic Ryman Auditorium.

Marking the third win for 501 Broadway as the ACM Large Capacity Venue of the Year, the building also received honors in 2013 and 2016. Winners from previous years are ineligible for consecutive nominations in this category.

Prior to the 2013 implementation of individual awards for large, medium and small capacity venues, Bridgestone Arena also was nominated for and won ACM Venue of the Year in 2011. With that, Bridgestone Arena has earned the award every year that it has been nominated.

"We're honored to earn the ACM Large Capacity Venue of the Year Award," SVP of Entertainment and Marketing David Kells said. "It's a wonderful reflection of the support we receive from the Nashville music community and fans far and wide. This award is another great example of what can come from the public-private partnership between Bridgestone Arena and Metro Davidson County, as we continue to bring world-class entertainment to Lower Broadway."

In addition to Bridgestone Arena, both Ascend Amphitheater (Medium Capacity) and Ryman Auditorium (Small Capacity) found success in the Venue of the Year category. Although this is the sixth win for Ryman Auditorium and second win for Ascend Amphitheater, this is the first time in ACM Honor history that three venues in the same city have completed a sweep of the Venue of the Year category.

2018 ACM Large Capacity Arena of the Year Nominees:

  • Bridgestone Arena - Nashville, Tenn.
  • BOK Center - Tulsa, Okla.
  • Budweiser Stage - Toronto, Ont.
  • PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, N.J.
  • Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center - Noblesville, Ind.

2018 saw the likes of Brad Paisley, Sugarland, Keith Urban and Chris Young grace the stage at Bridgestone, while the venue also hosted Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute to Charlie and the annual CMT and CMA Awards.

About ACM Honors:

ACM Honors™ is an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the Academy of Country Music Awards, including the Special Awards, Studio Recording Awards, Industry Awards, and Songwriter of the Year Award winners. For more information, visit

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