The Bridgestone Arena is Nashville's premiere multi-purpose venue for sporting events, concerts, and other entertainment, and it is one of the most popular attractions in Nashville. Catching one of the Nashville concerts at the arena can easily be one of the highlights of any visit to the city, and as the arena is also the home of the Nashville ice hockey team, the Predators, and you may want to pick up some Nashville Bridgestone Arena tickets for one of their games.
The Bridgestone Arena was built in 1996, and its primary use was as a hockey arena for the Predators. Since then it has hosted major sporting events such as national figure skating championships, gymnastics championships, and several rounds of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, among others. It has also hosted live music events by popular musicians and bands at Nashville concerts, such as Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and the Dave Matthews Band, and even WWE wrestling events. The arena can sit about 20,000 visitors at once. In 2007, the arena's old scoreboard was dismantled to make way for a new, high-tech display, featuring four high-resolution Mitsubishi video screens and a state-of-the-art sound system to bring guests even closer to the action.
Not all events here are large-scale affairs, however. A smaller, more intimate, and scaled-down venue is also available, primarily for music events, with the 5,145-seat Music City Theater, which can be set up in the north end of the arena and is curtained off from the main arena by floor-to-ceiling curtains. This smaller venue has hosted artists such as 50-Cent, Martina McBride, and a Lord of the Dance concert. Nashville Bridgestone Arena tickets are available from the arena itself, as well as other local ticket offices, but if you have your heart set on a certain event, it’s wise to buy your tickets as soon as possible, typically before your vacation in Nashville.
The Bridgestone Arena is located on the corner of Broadway and Fifth Avenue in the downtown area of Nashville. Paid parking is available around the arena itself, and other parking spaces are located within a short walk to the arena, which is convenient for travelers with rental cars. For those who are taking public transportation, there are shuttles running to the arena from several main bus and parking hubs in the downtown area. Contact the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) for specific details on locations and times.
If you're lucky enough to get some Nashville Bridgestone Arena tickets, you'll be able to enjoy a full range of food and drinks available at the concessions. In addition, the arena has an upscale restaurant, Patron Platinum Club, with seats available only for club members or those who hold one of the luxurious suite accommodations provided by the venue. The club serves a range of fresh seasonal American cuisine, and is available on non-event nights for events such as weddings and corporate dinners.
If you’d rather not deal with transportation to the area, there are numerous hotels and accommodation near the Bridgestone Arena, such as the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, a luxurious hotel located right beside the arena. The Renaissance Nashville features plush, elegant interiors, flat screen televisions and the latest in business technology. Nearby hotels also include Millennium Maxwell House, which is a country music-themed hotel, quite suitable for those catching some country singers in action at Nashville concerts at the arena, and the Doubletree, Best Western, and Sheraton hotels.