Bridgestone Arena

all-purpose venue in downtown Nashville, Tennessee

The Bridgestone Arena is a sports arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The arena opened on December 18, 1996, and is the current home to the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Bridgestone Arena

The arena is formerly known as Nashville Arena, Gaylord Entertainment Center, and Sommet Center.

The arena was also home to the Nashville Kats of the Arena Football League from 1997 until 2001 when the franchise was sold and was moved to Georgia to become the Georgia Force.[1] The team was reincarnated and played in the Gaylord Entertainment Center from 2005 to 2007.

Aside from sports, the arena has also hosted the NHL Entry Draft Twice, CMA Awards and CMT Music Awards.

Bridgestone currently has naming rights for the arena.[2] The arena currently seats 19,395 for basketball and 17,113 for ice hockey. It used to hold 17,298 from 1996 to 1999.


  1. "Titans owner gets franchise; Kats move to Atlanta". The Augusta Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2016-04-22. Retrieved 2013-06-16.
  2. "Preds Home Building Renamed Bridgestone Arena". Nashville Predators. Retrieved 2013-06-16.

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