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Predators Reveal Ideas for Future of Bridgestone Arena

by Brooks Bratten / Nashville Predators

The Nashville Predators are quite fond of their home, and they don’t plan on leaving the friendly confines of Bridgestone Arena anytime soon. Rather, the future at 501 Broadway is one full of possibilities that could further enhance the world-class experience provided each time a patron walks through the doors.

The Predators revealed that path on Thursday at the Metro Sports Authority meeting with the intention of creating a conversation around the opportunities for development and enhancements to Bridgestone Arena, indicating the possibilities that exist for the future of the building.

Included in those enhancements are a second sheet of ice on site, new event plazas, a hospitality tower housing a hotel, office and residential space, new team and facility offices, a conference center and hospitality and retail offerings.

Inside the arena, fans could see improvements throughout the facility, including wider concourses, new seating options and increased amenities at all levels.

While the plans remain a potential glimpse of the future for the time being, the potential renovations provide plenty of reason for excitement for all who utilize Bridgestone Arena for Preds games, concerts and other events throughout the year.

“We look forward to continuing our relationship with Mayor Barry’s dynamic administration, which allows us to start looking forward; not two years down the road, but 10, 20, 30, 40 years down the road, and nothing can be more exciting than that,” Predators President and CEO Sean Henry said. “Take this incredible, economic engine that Bridgestone Arena is, and the dynamic experience that our fans have built for all of our events, especially Nashville Predators games - this is the passion and explosion of development around our building that makes 501 Broadway the very best home for the franchise, the arena and the city.”

The various corners of the arena grounds could all figure in to receive major upgrades. At Fifth and Broadway, new event plazas, an improved entrance strategy and rooftop and street-level hospitality would come to the forefront. Entrances at Fifth and Demonbreun would also see upgrades, as well as a ticket office.

At Sixth and Broadway, a hospitality tower with a hotel, office and residential space, conference and meeting space, street level retail and hospitality options, a team store and visitors center could all be added.

Finally, Sixth and Demonbreun would see new team and facility offices, a conference center and the entrance to a new ice sheet all added.

While all of this is just a look into what the future may hold, it’s easy to see why those involved are eager to continue to process to reveal not only what Bridgestone Arena is today, but what it could be in the years to come.

“The conversations we will be able to have through the partnerships we enjoy with Metro, the Sports Authority and stakeholders,” Henry added, “allow us to look down the line, not only well into the future, but at our immediate present.”

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