Before you can enjoy the Country Music Association Awards, a Predators hockey game or any of the other world-class events at Bridgestone Arena, you have to be able to get into the building.
Now, what was already a smooth process has become even easier as the Year of the Fan continues in Smashville.
The Preds and Bridgestone Arena have opened additional entrances this year, some you may be familiar with, and others that may become your new go-to option.
Specifically, for Wednesday night's CMA Awards, nine entrance lanes have been added, including a brand-new option through the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame located adjacent to the arena box office.
Three additional lanes are available through the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, the main arena doors have eight lanes available and the general admission doors have three lanes to utilize. In addition, both sets of cascading stairs also have new entrances this year with four express lanes.
"We are excited to partner with the Predators and create this mutually beneficial setup for hockey fans, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and Bridgestone Arena," said Commissioner Mark Ezell, Tennessee Dept. of Tourist Development. "The additional entrance gives Preds fans and concert goers a safer, faster experience and brings additional visitors to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. I can't think of a better way to honor these exceptional Tennessee athletes than by bringing their stories to a larger audience."
For Predators hockey and all other concerts and event as well, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame entrance can not only help to get you in the building quickly, but it's an entertaining option too. Admission to the Hall of Fame is free, and if you've got a few spare minutes before entering the building, why not take a quick tour ahead of time?
A new Lexus Lounge entrance is available on the 5th Avenue side of the building near the Predators Team Store to serve fans who have Lounge access.
Additionally, more X-ray machines for fans who need to bring bags into the building have been added for safety, security and convenience. After starting the 2019-20 NHL season with four brand-new X-ray machines at various entrances, Bridgestone Arena has added three more machines for a total of seven throughout the building thanks to fan feedback.
Of course, the fastest and safest way to enter the building is to not bring a bag at all, but for those fans adhering to the arena bag policy, the new machines will only help to expedite that process.