Hockey City, USA
There is no questioning Nashville’s love for country music. Nashville is home to all things country music. Everyone thinks of Nashville as a Music City, but there is so much more to do here. In recent years, Nashville has developed a new love for hockey, specifically Nashville’s own, Nashville Predators.
The Nashville Predators organization is not new to Nashville. The hockey team was formed in 1998 and started off as a tiny hockey team with a small following. But in the last few years, the Nashville Predators have begun selling out all their games, and even made it to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2017, showing the world that Nashville is not just a music city. When the hockey team came to Nashville, people questioned whether a music city in the south really deserved a hockey team. Lately the team, the fans and this city have proved them wrong!
The home of the Nashville Predators, Bridgestone Arena, is in a perfect location, downtown Nashville just off Broadway and 6th Ave. On hockey nights, the arena is full of livelihood as fans cheer on the Predators.
The inside of the arena is painted gold and navy blue, with Predators’ posters all over! The team’s locker room is also decked out in Preds gear. I’ve been able to attend many Predators games, since moving to Nashville, and each game is more exciting than the previous game. Each game, Nashville comes together to cheer on their beloved Predators to victory. During the playoffs, we even have watch parties on Broadway for all home games and inside Bridgestone Arena for all away games.
It would not be Nashville without music, so at every game (during both intermissions), there is a live band on the band stage in the arena. They use Bridgestone’s big screen scoreboard to advantage and team mascot “Gnash” helps whip fans into a frenzy every time a goal is scored. A music video plays - this is one of Tim McGraw’s biggest hit songs, “I Like It I Love It,” but it has been turned in to the Predators goal song with exclusive lyrics. People leap to their feet to offer a now familiar “hooked fang” signal with their hands after every big play!
Nashville sure loves their Predators and their country music!