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Ford Ice Center Bellevue to Offer Wide Range of Hockey, Skating Programs

Grand Opening of Facility Set for Oct. 12; Entire Community Invited to Participate in Activities

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Two new sheets of ice have come to Nashville.

The grand opening of Ford Ice Center Bellevue will take place on Oct. 12, as the facility officially becomes the second of its kind in Middle Tennessee operated by the Nashville Predators.

"We can't wait to open this facility," Ford Ice Center General Manager Danny Butler said. "We're excited to have two more sheets of ice in Nashville, which will provide hockey players and figure skaters from all over the state and beyond further opportunities to do what they love. This project will be a huge benefit to Bellevue, West Nashville and the surrounding communities, and we're pleased to have the Predators logo at the forefront."

The celebrations will begin at 2 p.m. (CT) in the Ford Ice Center Bellevue parking lot, complete with inflatables, children's activities and Preds mascot GNASH. At 3 p.m., Ford Ice Center Bellevue will host a special presentation and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Following the ceremony, the doors will open for fans to go inside, check out the state-of-the-art facility and participate in a public skating session on the brand new ice.

Following the public skate, Ford Ice Center Bellevue's second-floor restaurant, Draft Picks, will host its first Nashville Predators watch party as the Preds visit the Los Angeles Kings at 5 p.m. CT.

The entire event will be open to the public and will kick off the start of the Ford Ice Center Bellevue's hockey and skating programs - and there truly is something for everyone.

It wasn't all that long ago when ground was broken on the facility back in June of 2018, with representatives from the Predators front office, members of the Metro Government of Nashville and Davidson County, the Office of the Mayor, Sports Authority of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County and the Nashville Board of Parks and Recreation all on hand to commemorate the partnership.

Now, just over a year later, what was once a pile of dirt has become two new sheets of ice, a full-service bar and restaurant, a Perani's Hockey World, a Twice Daily location and so much more.

Now, it's ready for you, the residents of Nashville, Middle Tennessee and beyond. Check out a full list of upcoming programs in Bellevue:

Try Skating for Free:

Ford Ice Center Bellevue will host a series of 30-minute classes led by the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy, the No. 1 Learn to Skate Program in the South. The classes will be open to all ages and skill levels and will be completely free, including skate rental. There will be multiple sessions including two designated for those interested in playing Preds Girls Hockey. Registration is now open and may be completed here. Visit FordIceCenter.com for class times and more information.

Learn to Skate Session 1: 

Learn to Skate is a seven-week skating course available to all ages. Registration for Ford Ice Center Bellevue's opening session is now open and prices and class times can be found at FordIceCenter.com.

G.O.A.L!:

The Nashville Predators Get Out And Learn! (G.O.A.L!) program presented by Erie Insurance is a free, on-ice, youth hockey series, in association with rinks across the southeast.

G.O.A.L! offers children the opportunity to experience the excitement of hockey without the cost of purchasing equipment. Designed for boys and girls ages 4 to 9 years old with no prior hockey or skating experience, this free hockey program will introduce the exciting sport of hockey to children, while teaching life experiences of teamwork, sportsmanship and self-confidence.

Ford Ice Center Bellevue will be offering two different G.O.A.L! Sessions; G.O.A.L! Girls, which will begin on Oct. 15, and G.O.A.L! on Oct. 17. Registration for both sessions is now open and can be found at FordIceCenter.com.

Little Preds Learn to Play:

The NHL and the NHLPA have partnered with the Nashville Predators to provide a low-cost opportunity for children to try hockey for the first time. The Little Preds Learn to Play program is a multi-week class focused on the fundamentals of ice hockey. The first session begins Nov. 7. Ford Ice Center Bellevue will also be hosting a Little Preds Girls session beginning Nov. 5. Registration for both sessions are now open and more information can be found at FordIceCenter.com.

PREDecessor:

PREDecessor is designed for boys and girls ages 4 to 18 who are looking to develop their hockey skills before entering our youth leagues. These participants will have already participated in our G.O.A.L!, Learn to Skate or Try Hockey for Free programs. PREDecessor Girls will begin on Nov. 5, and PREDecessor starts on Nov. 7. Registration for both sessions are now open and can be found at FordIceCenter.com.

Preds All Stars:

Preds All Stars is a program to provide a hockey league for people with intellectual disabilities and other special needs. There are no skill requirements to participate. Players are encouraged to learn at their own speed to score goals. Players gain self-confidence and self-esteem from the help of our dedicated coaches.

Preds All Stars will also host a Try Hockey for Free on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.. Registration for the free event is now open.

Ford Ice Center Bellevue's first Preds All Stars season will begin on Nov. 9 and registration will open Sept. 23. Sign up at FordIceCenter.com.

Youth League:

Ford Ice Center is the proud home of the Nashville Predators Amateur Hockey Association (NPAHA). Our youth hockey league is designed for male and female players (ages 5-18) of all skill levels. Ford Ice Center Bellevue's Youth League will start with the Winter Season beginning on Nov. 4. Registration will open on Sept. 23; visit FordIceCenter.com to sign up.

Scott Hamilton Skating Academy Holiday Show:

Join our dazzling cast of skaters in this year's production of "Reach for the Stars!" in Scott Hamilton Skating Academy's annual Holiday Show. All levels and ages are welcome to participate and join the fun! Space fills up fast so register today to reserve your spot at FordIceCenter.com

Holiday Learn to Skate Camp:

A full seven-week session of Learn to Skate in a three-day Learn to Skate camp. All levels welcome! Come skate with us and our outstanding Scott Hamilton Skating Academy coaches and get out some holiday energy with off-ice classes, on-ice classes, and holiday crafts. Registration opens Nov. 29 and can be found at FordIceCenter.com

Champs Camp:

Join the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy at Champs Camp on Nov. 25. Olympic, World and National champions featured in An Evening With Scott Hamilton & Friends will be leading the classes. Not only are the teachers champions, but they are wonderful instructors with international experiences, expertise and knowledge in jump techniques, spin techniques and skating skills. Come join us on your quest to be the best skater you can be and start your season with the best of the best at Champs Camp at Ford Ice Center Bellevue. Registration opens Sept. 29 and can be found at FordIceCenter.com.

For a full list of all of Ford Ice Center's programs and schedules, please visit FordIceCenter.com. Always be on the lookout for exciting new programs that Ford Ice Center offers and visit the website weekly for the latest public skate schedule!

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