Rejoice Preds fans, the Nashville Predators will be staying at Bridgestone Arena for another 30 years thanks to a new arena lease that was signed yesterday.
The Nashville Predators will now be playing in the heart of the city until 2049 which is a huge win for the franchise and the city of Nashville.
Bridgestone Arena was originally completed in 1996 and has been the Nashville Predators home arena for the entirety of the team’s first twenty seasons in the NHL. The arena was last renovated in 2015.
Preds fans typically sell out the 17,159 seat arena, and also make their presence felt with their chants and cheers, including the renowned “It’s all you fault” chant that is started after every goal the Predators score.
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The Predators are also planning on spending upwards of $350 million in renovations and maintenance over the next 20 years. It is reported that the first phase of renovations is scheduled to be in 2021 and will include a new press box and 1,200 more seats, which will move the capacity up to 18,259.
Predators fans have a lot to be excited about, as this was a far cry from when Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie tried to purchase the team and move them to Hamilton, ON in May 2007.
Now, the same local businessmen who bought the team to keep it in Nashville have stuck to their word and extended their stay in their permanent home.
Nashville has now become a powerful hockey market, and with the team in the heart of Nashville for the next 30 years. The Predators have become a part of the culture in Nashville, and now it will stay that way.
The extension will be voted on by the Nashville Sports Authority next month, in what Nashville Predators fans will hope to bring the franchise some much needed security.