2nd Nashville Predators Game
November 2019 | Vegas Golden Knights v. Nashville Predators
Fast forward almost two years and I again found myself outside the doors of Bridgestone Arena hoping to hear Tim McGraw’s “I Like It, I Love It”. I still say Nashville knows hockey and they do it extremely well. It is a matter of opinion if the Predators window is now closed for a championship, but if you have not been to Nashville for a hockey game I’d recommend booking your flight this season.
To reiterate, Nashville is a very simple city for out of town fans to navigate. Bridgestone Arena is minutes off the highway and there are a few parking options to choose from:
Parking at Bridgestone Arena: This garage is attached to Bridgestone Arena. The entrance can be found at the corner of 6th Avenue South and Demonbreun Street.
First Baptist Church of Nashville: This lot is located directly across the street from Bridgestone Arena. It will cost you $25.00 and from what I learned was it is cheaper to park at Bridgestone Arena. Crazy right?
Fifth Ave of the Arts Garage: Here you’ll find $10.00 parking.
Music City Center Parking: You can find this garage across the street from Bridgestone Arena. I saw a bunch of fans headed this way after the game and it looks like you can nab a spot for $10.00 or $15.00.
Lot “R” at Nissan Stadium: For those who do not know Nissan Stadium is home of the Tennessee Titans. If your credit card is still recovering from the holidays or $10.00 is a little too much this parking option is free. There is a round trip shuttle for $3.00 that runs every ten minutes up until midnight. Perfect if you want to grab dinner or drinks after the game.
Unlike Prudential Center and TD Garden you can fully walk around Bridgestone Arena and never feel isolated. If you arrive early and do not want to fight the crowds on Broadway you can grab a bite to eat at Pete and Terry’s Tavern. I passed this dining option on my way to the Nissan SoBro Entrance. What really grabbed my attention were the outdoor heaters mixed between tables. I wish I had a little time to stop in for some nachos.
Once inside you can’t mistake that you’re at a Predators game in Nashville.. which I absolutely love.
I really appreciate that when you look throughout the main concourse you see yellow and blue (the Predator’s colors). The team store sign is surrounded by lights, just like the bars on Broadway, and is hung by a giant hockey stick.
Some of the best concession stands offer delicious southern food like pulled pork sandwiches and hot macaroni and cheese. There is also a grilled cheese stand.. and who doesn’t love that.
I was happy and surprised to see a Dunkin Donuts stand and was relieved to know that I could order my decaf tea at first intermission.
Also, after some research, I saw on the Bridgestone Arena website that there is a frozen drink bar located on the upper level, specifically outside of section 313. I think my mouth dropped when I saw you could purchase frozen wine and margaritas at a hockey game.
Once you arrive to your seats you are greeted by a large jumbotron and yes, the notorious 2017-18 Western Conference Champions banner can be seen. It’s a well maintained arena and it should be since it’s been renovated in 2007, 2011 and again in 2015.
Out of all the arenas I have been to (and I know it’s not many) this one has the loudest sound system – welcome to music city. I saw a mother take her child to get noise cancelling headphones after he covered his ears when the warm up music began echoing throughout. The team opted to play some popular rock songs and I really hope I’m not on Youtube somewhere dancing to Guns and Roses or ZZ Top.
Even though the game ended in an OT loss for the home team it was a great back and forth game. Fan favorite Filip Forsberg had a stand out performance but was unable to get on the scoreboard. Captain Roman Josi on the other hand managed a two point night. Unfortunately, Vegas Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty tied the game with .3 second left and his teammate Paul Stastny lit the lamp in OT securing 2 points for his team.
I think the only thing left is for me to see in Nashville is a Predators playoff game. I’ve seen a win and a loss and in both instances the energy from the home crowd is phenomenal. Next time I’m definitely making my way upstairs for a frosé, I’m not sure how I missed it the first two times.
Nashville is the perfect city for a quick escape from everyday life. The city is small enough that you only need a few days to take in the sights and what the city has to offer. If Nashville sounds a little too hectic and touristy, do yourself a favor and head 27 minutes south to Franklin, Tennessee (you can thank me later).
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1st Nashville Predators Game
February 2018 | L.A. Kings v. Nashville Predators
As you may or may not know Nashville is one of my favorite cities and I have been anxious to see a game at Bridgestone Arena for quite some time.
Let me start by saying seeing a Predators game exceeded my expectations. Nashville has some of the most dedicated fans I’ve seen; everyone had some form of Preds gear on. Bridgestone was also one of the loudest arenas I have been in with remarkable energy. I saw Nashville host the L.A. Kings in February of 2018 and Pekka Rinne recorded a shutout while the Predators scored 5 goals.
Speaking of 5 goals the Predators organization has so many giveaways throughout the game.
The Big Mac Goal: If the Preds score in the last 5 minutes of the second period fans earn a free Big Mac.
Dunkin Donuts: If Preds win at home fans receive a free medium coffee. If they win due to a shutout fans can receive a free donut the next day.
Wendy’s: When the Preds score four goals or more fans can earn a free 12oz frosty
When B and I attended our game we earned a free frosty and medium coffee + donut.
One of my favorite things about Nashville is how easy it is to navigate. When I was in Tennessee we stayed about 2 and ½ hours outside of Music City. Getting to the arena is so simple, which makes it an extremely friendly city for out of town fans. Bridgestone is in a fantastic location right in the middle of downtown. I easily found parking about 2 blocks from the arena and paid $20.00, which is cheaper than it is in New Jersey for Devils games.
Since you’re in Music City the Predators Organization makes sure to bring the music into Bridgestone. During both intermissions there was a live band playing covers, which definitely kept the fans happy and upbeat.
Overall I loved seeing a game in Nashville. Even though I’ve only been to four arenas Bridgestone is number one on my list. Thinking back I can’t think of one bad thing about my experience. The staff was helpful and very efficient, and the arena and city are surprisingly very clean. I would highly recommend a trip to Nashville and Bridgestone Arena to any avid hockey fan.