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Opening Night in Smashville Set for Tuesday, October 8

Limited Tickets to Opening Night in Smashville are still available; Dunkin Donuts $15 Gameday Seats remain available at 10 a.m. on game days at Bridgestone Arena

Sunday, 10.6.2013 / 7:07 PM CT / News
By Nashville Predators
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Opening Night in Smashville Set for Tuesday, October 8
The Predators open their 2013-14 home slate against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the first of a five-game homestand at Bridgestone Arena that will see Original Six member the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Islanders, Florida Panthers and Los Angeles Kings all visit the Music City.

For fans, the fun begins at 4 p.m. with a gold carpet entrance presented by Nissan for the Nashville Predators players, coaches and broadcasters, all of whom will be escorted by a Season Ticket Holder. Directly following the Smashville-style entrance is a plaza party presented by Lee Company with live music, inflatable games, visits from Gnash and the Nashville Predators Energy Team and more! All fans in attendance at the home opener will receive a commemorative Preds 15th Anniversary poster. Limited tickets are still available; secure your seats today at nashvillepredators.com, the Bridgestone Arena Box Office or by calling 615-770-7800.

Bridgestone Arena News and Updates:
In a continued effort to make Bridgestone Arena the No. 1 sports and entertainment venue in the United States, major upgrades have begun to the arena’s south entrance, completing Nashville’s newest entertainment corridor on the corner of 5th Avenue and Demonbreun. With more than $20 million in capital improvements this year, the Bridgestone Arena project includes a new south entrance and plaza area facing the Music City Center, a brand-new HVAC system, multiple LED video boards, along with a street-level pub and team store along both 5th Avenue and Demonbreun.

The Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena were recently ranked among North America’s top professional sports teams and entertainment venues.

In the 2013 edition of ESPN Magazine’s “Ultimate Team Rankings,” the Nashville Predators ranked as the 38th-ranked professional sports franchise, and 10th-ranked NHL franchise, in North America, including Top 15 rankings in the Fan Relations (11th), Affordability (12th) and Stadium Experience (13th) categories. In all three categories, the Predators ranked third among NHL franchises. For more information on ESPN’s Ultimate Team Rankings, please visit http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/teamrankings.

Bridgestone Arena ranked among some of the most iconic buildings in North America on Rolling Stone’s recent “Venues That Rock” rankings. Bridgestone Arena finished sixth among all arenas and stadiums, and was ranked third among all arenas. Buildings in Rolling Stone’s Top 10 include: 1) Madison Square Garden 2) Wrigley Field 3) Fenway Park 4) Barclay’s Center 5) Yankee Stadium 6) Bridgestone Arena 7) KFC Yum! Center 8) Staples Center 9) Philips Arena 10) MetLife Stadium. To learn more about the top venues in North America, visit http://www.rollingstone.com/music/venues-that-rock.

Fun Foods for Fans:
In addition to Smashville’s signature concession items such as Bacon on a Stick (available outside section 317 and in the food court located in the Nissan Atrium), Nashville Hot Chicken (Section 310 and the food court), Chicken and Waffles (Section 109), and many more – click here for a full list of fan favorites – Bridgestone Arena has raised the bar again, debuting the following items for the 2013-14 season:

Nashville Poutine – A southern fried version of the popular Canadian staple. Crispy French fries smothered in sausage gravy and topped with fried cheese curds. (Sections 317, 310, 104 and the food court)

Chicken Fried Steak on a Stick – Tender beef rib eye skewered, battered and deep fried golden brown. Served with pepper gravy. (Section 310 and the food court)

Smores Waffle – A golden malted waffle makes the perfect vehicle for delivering the delicious chocolate and marshmallow fluff combination. (Section 109)

Food Network Pimento Cheese Dog – Jumbo all beef hot dog topped with house made pimento cheese and butter pickle relish. (Food Network Stand by South Entrance)

Food Network Nashville Dog – Sure to be a hometown hero, jumbo dog topped with pulled pork, Smokey Mountain BBQ Sauce and tangy slaw. (Food Network Stand by South Entrance)

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