Nov 14, 2016


Nashville Tenn. (November 14, 2016) – Bridgestone Arena, home of the National Hockey League’s Nashville Predators, has been nominated for the 2016 Pollstar Arena of the Year Award. This is the 10th consecutive nomination and 13th overall for Bridgestone Arena.

Bridgestone Arena ranks fifth in the United States and 15th in the world for concert ticket sales, according to Pollstar’s Third-Quarter Ticket Sales report released in October. Pollstar announced Bridgestone Arena ticket sales as 368,796 inclusive of solely show and concert tickets, from 37 events, 48 performances and 15 sold-out shows. When including the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament and Nashville Predators home hockey games, Bridgestone Arena has hosted nearly 1 million people in the building year to date.     

“It is a great honor to be nominated as Pollstar’s Arena of the Year,” Senior Vice Presidents of Booking David Kells said. “This recognition spotlights the pride and hard work that all of our staff bring every day. Thank you to all the music fans who’ve come out year after year to make events at Bridgestone Arena so successful and thank you to all the performers, managers, promoter and agents who bring high quality entertainment to downtown Nashville.”

Pollstar Magazine focuses primarily on the concert industry and also reports on news regarding sports and entertainment. The nominating committee is comprised of industry leaders in all facets of the entertainment business, including: arena managers, artists, artist managers, agents and promoters from across the country and abroad. The winner of this prestigious award is determined by the international readership of Pollstar. The 28th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards Ceremony will take place on Feb. 2 during the Pollstar Live! 2017 Awards Party in Los Angeles.

2016 Pollstar Arena of the Year Award Nominees:

Barclays Center (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

BOK Center (Tulsa, Ok.)

Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, Tenn.)

Forum (Inglewood, Calif.)

Madison Square Garden Arena (New York, N.Y.)

Staples Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Bridgestone Arena underwent close to $10 million in renovations this summer, which included the completion of entirely new arena seating, environmentally-conscious restroom enhancements and over a dozen new food and beverage stands. Having undergone close to $60 million of renovations in the last six years, it was no surprise when the Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena added to its recent accolades and were named the sixth-best franchise in the four major North American Sports by ESPN’s Ultimate Rankings. Out of 122 teams, the Nashville Predators ranked number one in Fan Relations, Stadium Experience and Affordability as well as second overall among NHL clubs.

Serving as the home for numerous national and international events, Bridgestone Arena has the distinction of being one of the busiest venues in the United States over the past decade and a half. In addition to being named nominated for Pollstar’s 2016 Arena of the Year, Bridgestone Arena received the Prime Site Award for 2016. Kells also recently received recognition as the 2016 IEBA (International Entertainment Buyers Association) Venue Executive of the Year in October.

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