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Bridgestone Arena Set for Impressive Weekend

Florida Georgia Line, Adele and the Preds All Make Up Huge Weekend in Nashville

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten /

As far as weekends go, this one might just take the cake.

Bridgestone Arena is set to host one of the top four-day stretches in its almost 20-year history, complete with some hockey on Friday and bookended by three shows from two of the biggest artists in music.

It all begins on Thursday night when the winners of three consecutive Country Music Association Vocal Duo of the Year Awards Florida Georgia Line brings their "Dig Your Roots Tour" to Bridgestone Arena, their first headlining visit to the venue. Cole Swindell, The Cadillac Three and Kane Brown will round out the evening's lineup.

Less than 24 hours later, the most anticipated season of Nashville Predators hockey begins when the Preds host the Central Division rival Chicago Blackhawks in Smashville for what is sure to be a raucous atmosphere as the Preds begin their chase for the Stanley Cup. The day begins with the annual Preds player Gold Walk presented by Nissan and a Plaza Party presented by Lee Company, all leading up to the Predators and Blackhawks facing off at 7 p.m., a game that will be broadcast nationally on NBC Sports Network.

As if that wasn't enough, Grammy Award winning international superstar Adele will play not one, but two shows at 501 Broadway on Saturday and Sunday to round out another weekend full of world-class hockey and musical entertainment.

But that's just what Bridgestone Arena does.

"We have never had an opening weekend like we're about to enjoy this week," Predators and Bridgestone Arena President and CEO Sean Henry said. "It starts with Florida Georgia Line, and they kick off the weekend with a fantastic show. Then, for the first time ever, Opening Night on national television, which is absolutely incredible. And then, we welcome Adele to close out the weekend with two shows, Saturday and Sunday, one of the few cities that get a chance to host her and someone who has never played the building before.

"So in four short days, we have a lot of firsts, but hopefully, this is just the beginning of our firsts this season."

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