The Epicenter Of Entertainment: Bridgestone Arena Caps Remarkable October
From Concerts to Preds Hockey, Bridgestone Arena Experienced One of the Most Successful Months in the Venue's History, Hosting More Than 210,000 Patrons
by Michael LaPlaca @MichaelLaPlaca / Director of Digital & Social Strategy
Headlined by concerts featuring multiple Grammy award winning artists to five straight sellouts to open the Nashville Predators season, Bridgestone Arena was the epicenter of entertainment in October.
Bridgestone Arena welcomed more than 210,000 guests and hosted 16 events, including Reba McEntire, Lizzo, The Judds, Post Malone, Keith Urban and five regular season Preds games.
"At Bridgestone Arena we pride ourselves on providing entertainment for everyone in Smashville," said Executive Vice President of Entertainment and Venues David Kells. "From the Preds season home opener to every genre of music around the fans came out for it all. We had music legends and Hall of Famers from Latin, Pop, Country, Rock and R&B."
Some of the month's highlights included:
- 10 Grammy Award winners: Reba McEntire, The Judds, Lizzo, Pitbull, Mary J. Blige, Keith Urban, Doobie Brothers, Smashing Pumpkins, Ella Mai and Trisha Yearwood
- 19 Grammy Award nominees: Reba McEntire, The Judds, Lizzo, Pitbull, Mary J. Blige, Keith Urban, Doobie Brothers, Smashing Pumpkins, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Jason Aldean, Panic! at The Disco, Iggy Azalea, Jane's Addiction, Ella Mai, Queen Naija, Tyler Hubbard, Ingrid Andress and Post Malone
- Three Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year Recipients: Reba McEntire, Martina McBride and Trisha Yearwood
- One Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee: The Doobie Brothers
- Four of country music's most successful artists: Reba McEntire, The Judds, Keith Urban and Jason Aldean
- Surprise on-stage performances: Brandi Carlile, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Morgan Wallen and Sam Hunt
- Four consecutive shows with music's top female artists: Reba McEntire, Lizzo. Mary J. Blige and The Judds
- The Preds ranking second in the NHL in capacity percentage at 101.3, led by five sellouts to open the year
Becoming 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. A nominee for the Pollstar Arena of the Decade, Bridgestone Arena has 13 consecutive Pollstar Arena of the Year nominations, winning the award in 2014 and 2017.
"Thank you to all the fans who chose to make a night at Bridgestone Arena part of their calendar," Kells said. "Thank you to everyone in the touring industry who made sure we were a stop on the tour. And thank you to everyone who worked a shift this month. From ushers, housekeeping, stagehands, concessions workers and everyone else. Smashville wouldn't be what it is without you."
The high profile events at Bridgestone Arena continues as the venue will host the 56th Annual CMA Awards in November, Carrie Underwood and blink-182 in 2023 and the 2023 NHL Awards and the 2023 Upper Deck NHL Draft.