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Sommet Center Nominated For 2009 Arena Of The Year Award by Pollstar Magazine

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
(Nashville, TN – December 7, 2009) The Sommet Center has been nominated for the 2009 Pollstar Concert Industry Arena of the Year Award. Sommet Center, home of the Nashville Predators, is among seven other arenas that have been nominated for this international honor. Other arenas nominated are Air Canada Centre (Toronto, ON), BOK Center (Tulsa, OK), HP Pavilion (San Jose, CA), Madison Square Garden (New York, NY), Sprint Center (Kansas City, MO), Staples Center (Los Angeles, CA), and Xcel Energy Center (Saint Paul, MN).


Pollstar has conducted this awards event for 20 years. This is the sixth nomination overall and third consecutive for the Sommet Center. The 20th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards Ceremony will take place February 17, 2010 in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theater.

Pollstar Magazine focuses primarily on the concert industry and also reports on news regarding sports and entertainment. The nominating committee is made up of industry leaders in all facets of the entertainment business; arena managers, artists, artist managers, agents and promoters from across the country and abroad. Winner of the award is determined by the international readership of Pollstar.

“We are honored the Sommet Center has been nominated for the Pollstar Arena of the Year award. It is great to put a spotlight on our hard work and success of this past year. The Sommet Center and all its partners strive to put on world class events in Nashville and this is fantastic recognition of that effort.” said Sommet Center General Manager Hugh Lombardi.

2009 Sommet Center Highlights
•Host to the 43rd Annual CMA Awards –November 11th
•Host to the 2009 SEC Gymnastics Tournament – March 6-9
•Host to the CMT Music Awards – June 16th
•Host to the All for the Hall Benefit – October 13th
•More than 150 events in 2009 with top performers such as
oMiley Cyrus – November 25th
oBruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – November 18th
oKISS – October 28th
oKings of Leon – October 16th
oMetallica – September 13th
oTaylor Swift – September 12th
oKeith Urban and Sugarland – August 29th
oElton John and Billy Joel – May 16th
oSaltimbanco Cirque Du Soleil – April 9th – 12th
oTennessee’s first UFC fight – April 1st
oBrad Paisley – March 14th
oSteve Harvey – February 7th
oAC/DC – January 31st
oCeline Dion – January 13th
•Host to over 1.2 million guests so far this year

Sommet Center opened in December 1996. The facility has hosted over 12 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 Sommet Center has been the home of the NHL’s Nashville Predators since 1998.

To receive regular updates on upcoming events at the Sommet Center, go to www.sommetcenter.com. Visit www.nashvillepredators.com for the complete Predators game schedule.

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