15th Anniversary Reflections: Downtown's Growth Mirrors Preds Franchise

Saturday, 04.21.2012 / 7:54 PM CT / Nashville Predators
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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15th Anniversary Reflections: Downtown\'s Growth Mirrors Preds Franchise
Every week throughout Bridgestone Arena's Anniversary Season, we will celebrate the Arena's 15 year partnership with the Middle Tennessee community.

15th Anniversary Reflections: Downtown's Growth Mirrors Preds Franchise

Downtown Nashville's growth has followed a very similar trajectory to the Preds hockey team, both rising in prominence over the last 15 years; the Preds have a reputation as one of the best run franchises in pro sports, while downtown Nashville is one of the hottest tourist destinations in the country.

Gary Bettman, NHL Commissioner
Gary Bettman was the NHL Commissioner when Nashville was awarded a NHL franchise and overseen the orgnaization's rise from its expansion roots to its current place among the league's top franchises.

Fact Of The Week:

  • The 2003 NHL Entry Draft, hosted at Bridgestone Arena, has already produced 22 NHL All-Stars, including Preds defensemen Ryan Suter and Shea Weber, making it one of the most successful drafts in recent history.

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