Fans in Smashville, and even those from across the League, are quick to say the Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena have one of the best in-game entertainment presentations in the NHL.
Rob Suggit, who attended 30 NHL games in 30 nights this past spring, ranked his experience at Bridgestone Arena No. 1 in the “Final Recap” of his journey.
“The Predators fans were about the loudest fans I encountered on my trip, and they’re knowledgeable and passionate hockey fans,” Suggit said on his website 30games-30nights.com. “Their puck-drop countdown is loaded with excitement and the fans stood up when the players came out, and they remained standing through until the singing of the anthem.”
It’s not just the fans that recognize the excitement and passion that radiates through Bridgestone Arena on a game night, the players on the ice also sense the special atmosphere.
“We just feed off the energy they give us every night and [Bridgestone Arena] is just an awesome place to be playing hockey,” Mattias Ekholm told NashvillePredators.com in May. “The fans are always supporting us, it’s loud and it’s just the way hockey should be, so it was awesome all year.”
Despite the success of the past, the Preds’ game entertainment crew couldn’t take the summer to sit back and relax, rather it was time to recharge, reload and figure out how to make the best even better.
“At the start of the summer we started looking at everything we do in-game and began working on how we can continue making one of the best in-game presentations in the League even better,” Director of Event Presentation Brian Campbell said. “One of things we’re excited to roll out this year is the brand-new Nashville Predators Energy Team – a team unlike anything Preds fans have seen before.”
When fans walk into Bridgestone Arena on game nights, Energy Team members will be first to greet them and will be on the front lines of making sure fans in Smashville are excited and ready for the evening’s matchup. During games, the Energy Team will play an integral role in facilitating new promotional events, leading in-game fan activities and contests and participating in skits and fan interaction.
The Energy Team’s work won’t be limited to game nights, rather the Team’s passion and enthusiasm for Nashville Predators hockey will be shared with all of Middle Tennessee through participation in events with Gnash, youth hockey and community relations.
“We’re doing our best to make sure the excitement that fans feel on game nights at Bridgestone Arena, is excitement that can be felt at every single one of our events; whether those are school visits with Gnash, community relations appearances, or everything and anything else in between,” Campbell said. “The revamping of the Energy Team is an integral part of that.”
Are you passionate about Nashville Predators hockey? Do you want to be on the front lines of promoting hockey and one of the most popular professional sports franchise in the Southeast? Are you enthusiastic and love being in front of crowds? Do you have a desire to give back to your community? Is interacting with fans and helping make their game-night experience as good as it can be sound like a good way to spend an evening?
Answer yes to a few of the questions above?
You might be a good fit for the Nashville Predators Energy Team.
Members of the Preds’ in-game entertainment department will be at Ford Ice Center on Monday, August 10 and Saturday, August 15 looking for talented, passionate and entertaining people to help Grow the Gold during the 2015-16 season as members of the Nashville Predators Energy Team. Being a member of the Energy Team is a paid, part-time, position with the Nashville Predators and all members must be 18 years of age or older.
Potential Energy Team members who aren’t able to skate, can attend either Monday or Saturday’s events. Those potential team members who can skate and are interested in sharing their enthusiasm on the ice are asked to attend, and bring their skates, on Saturday when Ford Ice Center will have open ice for them to share their skating skills.
What: Nashville Predators Energy Team
Who: Anyone 18 years of age or older
When: Monday, August 10 at 6 p.m. (Non-skaters)
Saturday, August 15 at 11 a.m. (Skaters and Non-skaters)
Where: Ford Ice Center (5264 Hickory Hollow Parkway, Antioch)
Why: Sharing the excitement and passion of Nashville Predators hockey all across Middle Tennessee