When the Nashville Predators skate onto the ice tomorrow night for the Preds season opener against the Ottawa Senators, fans will notice plenty of new faces out on the ice and behind the bench. Not only did Nashville name a new head coach in Peter Laviolette and a new assistant coach in Kevin McCarthy, the club also made off-season acquisitions of James Neal, Mike Ribeiro, Olli Jokinen, Anton Volchenkov and Derek Roy.
But the on-ice product of the Nashville Predators wasn’t the only thing changing during the team’s busy offseason. Bridgestone Arena, the Predators home for all 17 years of existence, underwent some pretty significant changes of its own. These changes, made in an effort to continually improve the Arena for all of its guests, help Bridgestone Arena stay at the forefront of the industry and atop many national and international arena-of-the-year lists.
As fans take their first spin around Bridgestone Arena this season, here are the new things they should expect to see…
The Lexus Lounge brings luxurious amenities to Bridgestone Arena unlike anything else in the entire market. Amenities include a personal concierge service, plush seating, special themed buffets and a full bar. Lexus Lounge patrons will be able to see the Predators team enter the ice through a special tunnel built through the Lounge.
Fans with tickets to the Lexus Lounge can access the Lounge via a staircase or elevator located near the AT&T Fan Information Center.
Access to the Lexus Lounge during Preds games is sold in conjunction with season-ticket packages in the Lexus Inner Circle, but a limited number of tickets are available for select concerts and shows that Bridgestone Arena hosts. For more information about Lexus Lounge tickets, call 615-770-7800.
PREDS PRO SHOP:
The Preds Pro Shop has moved from its spot in the atrium inside the main plaza doors to the Fifth Ave. side of the building, outside sections 115/116. The original pro shop, which was approximately 1,300 square feet, is tiny in comparison to the nearly 8,000 square feet of the new store, a number that includes retail and storage space, landing and sidewalk entrance.
With the expanded space, the new Pro Shop offers an unprecedented selection of merchandise, including many items that have not been offered in the past. Still undergoing the final stages of construction, the new store will continue to improve in the upcoming weeks as the final finishing touches are made.
AMERICAN BORN MOONSHINE BAR:
Located near the Nashville Predators Foundation area at sections 106/107, the American Born Moonshine Bar is one of several new food and drink options available to guests this season.
The new bar will serve primarily drinks focused on American Born Moonshine, a company based in Nashville, products.
THE BARREL HOUSE:
Just inside the SoBro Entrance is the Barrel House, the new home to 102.5 The Game’s pre- and postgame radio shows. Barrel House offers fans an opportunity to grab a drink, take a seat and watch the Predators Radio Network crew talk hockey before and after home contests.
Following home games, the Barrel House will be home to the live radio player interview.
CLUB TROPICANA BAR AND GRILLE:
Located on the Gary Force Acura Level, the Club Tropicana Bar and Grille offers themed food and drink items in conjunction with the Tropicana Casino and Resorts.
TACOS, MAC AND CHEESE AND BACON:
Food is an important part of any arena experience, and this season, the Bridgestone Arena kitchens are rolling out quite a few new items for fans to enjoy. Not only has our Chef worked on developing a few new items, but the menu also includes a few items that were suggested and voted on by fans.
Some highlights of the new menu include:
* Street Tacos & Burrito Bowls
* Jalapeno Bacon Grilled Cheese
* Single, double and triple stacked burgers
* Hat Trick Triple Pork Mac and Cheese
* And more!
As the 2014-15 season gets underway, be sure to stay tuned to the Predators Building Enhancements webpage and follow @PredsNHL on Twitter for news on additional projects in the works.