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Sign of the Times

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
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As work on the exterior signage at Bridgestone Arena continues, a key milestone of the project was reached today with the addition of the exterior signage above the plaza space at the venue’s main entrance at 5th Avenue and Broadway. Additional exterior signage work will continue around the building as part of the rebranding process over the next several weeks. On February 23, 2010, the Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Americas, Inc. announced a naming rights partnership for the home of the Predators.

About Bridgestone Arena:
Bridgestone Arena opened in December 1996. The facility has hosted over 11 million guests for such events as the NCAA Men’s Basketball Regional Tournament, SEC and OVC Men’s & Women’s Basketball Tournament, as well as entertainers such as Garth Brooks, Elton John and Billy Joel, Rolling Stones, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Martina McBride. The Bridgestone Arena has been the home of the NHL’s Nashville Predators since 1998.

About the Nashville Predators:
Since they were announced as the National Hockey League's 27th franchise in 1998, the Nashville Predators have grown from a young expansion franchise to a regular contender in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Over the past 12 seasons, the Predators have proven themselves to be a hard-working, blue collar team on the ice – racking up four consecutive playoff berths (2003-2008) along the way. Off the ice, the Predators are proud to support the Nashville community which supports them, with the Nashville Predators Foundation raising more than $2.0 million in grants and donations for area charity organizations.

About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.:
Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers. Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.

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