-Busy March sees Bridgestone Arena host second-busiest month ever-
Nashville Tenn. – The month of March was record setting for Bridgestone Arena, with 329,002 guests walking through the doors. Six sold out Nashville Predators home games, five consecutive days of SEC Men’s Basketball (13 total games) and four sold out concerts – including Pink, Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton and Maroon 5 – created the most attended March in the history of Bridgestone Arena, and the second most attended month in building history.
The previous March record was 248,600 – set in March 2001, the first year Bridgestone Arena hosted the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament. The most-attended month was December of 2010 when Bridgestone Arena hosted a record-setting 334,917; that number is due in large part to nine consecutive sold-out Garth Brooks shows. Thanks to the generosity of Garth Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood, proceeds from those shows benefited Nashville flood relief.
“These strong attendance numbers are a testament to our community’s interest in a variety of events; all of the managers, promoters and artists who put their faith in this organization time and time again; and our dedicated arena staff who make things run smoothly for all guests,” Bridgestone Arena and Nashville Predators COO Sean Henry said. “This incredible month is the continuation of a very successful year in attracting major events – such as the SEC, which, for the first time at Bridgestone Arena, included an additional day of tournament play and post-game concerts – combined with tremendous support for the Predators, who have sold out all six games in March as well as 29 consecutive games dating back to March 2012.”
March 2013 Calendar of Events:
March 2: Pink
March 6: Bon Jovi
March 8: Nashville Predators vs. Edmonton Oilers
March 9: Nashville Predators vs. Minnesota Wild
March 13-17: SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament (13 total games)
March 21: Nashville Predators vs. Calgary Flames
March 22: Eric Clapton
March 23: Nashville Predators vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
March 24: Maroon 5
March 25: Nashville Predators vs. Edmonton Oilers
March 29: Nashville Predators vs. Phoenix Coyotes
Upcoming events at Bridgestone Arena include: Elton John (April 5), Keith Urban’s “We’re All for the Hall” benefit concert (April 16), The Black Keys (May 3), CMT Awards (June), One Direction (June 18), Beyoncé (July 13) and the NCAA Women’s Final Four (2014).
In keeping with the strong March numbers, the national television ratings for the SEC Tournament at Bridgestone Arena, which broadcasted on ABC, totaled more than 3.4 million households.
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.