The Predators don't take calling a city like Nashville home lightly.
From the live music streaming through the streets, to the chants of Preds fans filling Bridgestone Arena, Music City is not an average hockey town. Nashville is a growing city that still holds onto its small-town Southern charm, but with its 100-person growth per day, the city faces a transit problem that could threaten its appeal.
Proven by their title as the No. 1 professional sports franchise, as chosen by ESPN, the Predators are constantly on a mission to create a better Nashville for their fans. Recently, the Predators have joined 87 organizations and more than 260,000 members in the Transit For Nashville coalition. Proposed by Mayor Megan Barry, the plan works to ease the traffic problem that has plagued both residents and visitors.
"I support the mayor's transit plan because it means our employees, Predators fans and other visitors to Bridgestone Arena will have safer, cheaper and more reliable ways to get in and out of downtown," Predators and Bridgestone Arena President and CEO Sean Henry said. "We need a system that allows people to move around our city in more ways than just cars, and transit will keep downtown moving for tourists and locals alike."
It is certainly needed. The draw of Nashville is far-reaching, with 100,000 fans lining the streets of downtown for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final alone. With increased transit alternatives such as expanded bus services and downtown transit tunnel, the Transit For Nashville plan aims to provide sustainable options that provide increased accessibility and ease to its users as early as 2018.
Nashvillians came together to support the Predators in their Stanley Cup run in a big way. Now, you can help the Preds give back to the city of Nashville by:
1) Telling your Council representative you support transit. Join the 20,000-plus Nashville/Davidson residents in signing the petition today at TransitForNashville.com and share it with friends, family members, neighbors and colleagues.
2) Registering to vote and make sure the people you know register.
3) Marking your calendars for May 1, 2018. Make your plan to vote and ask friends to join you.
4) Staying involved in the conversation. Follow the conversation on Facebook or Twitter and share your personal story of the way transit impacts your life.
The Predators know the great city Nashville is and the kind of city Nashville can be. The Nashville Predators are stepping up for transit. Stand With Us!