Bridgestone Arena opened in December 1996 and has hosted more than 13 million guests. It is Nashville's No. 1 venue for large-scale musical productions, as well as one of the nation's most highly-acclaimed entertainment and sports venues. Seating capacity is approximately 20,000 for concerts, 19,395 for basketball and 17,113 for Nashville Predators games.
Formerly known as the Nashville Arena, the Gaylord Entertainment Center and the Sommet Center, the building became Bridgestone Arena in 2010 after Bridgestone Americas, Inc. entered into a multi-year naming rights and marketing partnership with the Predators and Powers Management.
A lengthy list of acts that have called Bridgestone Arena home includes the Country Music Association Awards; the Country Music Television Awards; Keith Urban's "We're All For the Hall" benefit concerts; NCAA, SEC and OVC Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments, the 2014 NCAA Women's Final Four; and entertainers such as Madonna, Garth Brooks, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Billy Joel, the Rolling Stones, KISS, Metallica, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry. Bridgestone Arena is in the midst of hosting 12 consecutive SEC Basketball Championships (SEC Men's tournament: 2015-17, 2019-21, 2023-25, SEC Women's tournament: 2018, 2022, 2026). The arena has also hosted the 2016 NHL All Star Game and 2003 NHL Entry Draft, both of which are considered shining examples of some of the most successful experiences in hockey history.