As they kick off the 2017-18 NHL season, the Nashville Predators are riding high on last year’s historic run to the Stanley Cup. For the team’s newfound fans and longtime supporters alike, game day is an exhilarating experience like no other in town. Here’s what you need to know before entering Smashville.
Score Your Tickets
Die-hard Predators fans can guarantee tickets to all regular-season and—fang fingers crossed—playoff games by becoming a season ticket holder. New this year are three tiers of season-ticket packages: Classic, Citizen of Smashville and Corporate. (For those who can’t fully commit, half-season and ten-game packages are available.) Single-game tickets often run in conjunction with promotions like military discounts, Dunkin’ Tuesdays and Twice Daily $15 Day of Game tickets. See all the current promos here.
Another change for the 2017-18 season is mobile ticketing via the free Nashville Predators app. Once you download, you can store and transfer your tickets for a more efficient game day experience.
Get There Safely
Parking is available in the Sixth Avenue garage for $20 on game days, and additional spots nearby can be found here. If you don’t mind walking a bit further, park at Nissan Stadium and walk across the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge; it’s often free but sometimes costs $5. Ride-sharing is also a popular option. Get dropped off and picked up in Bridgestone’s Uber Safe Ride Zone, located outside the venue’s SoBro entrance at Demonbreun Street and Fifth Avenue (next to Tavern ’96).
Bring This, Not That
Be smart about what you carry into Bridgestone Arena: no banners, flags, selfie sticks or laptops (see a full list of prohibited items here). As last year’s playoffs proved, the arena can get almost deafeningly loud, so bring ear plugs or grab a pair at the AT&T Fan Information Center near the north entrance. Finally, games can be chilly, so bundle up in layers—long sleeves, jacket, hat, preferably in navy and gold—to peel away as the crowd’s intensity grows.
Know Your Game Traditions
Speaking of that intense crowd, you’ll hear all sorts of uniquely Nashville chants, many of which were created by the fans themselves. The most recognizable one is more of a taunt: yelling “Sucks!” after each opposing player is announced. Similarly, when the Preds score a goal, prepare to heckle the opposing team’s goalie with “You suck!” and “It’s all your fault!” Don’t forget to bust out your fang fingers—real or foam—during power plays.
Eat All the Things
Bridgestone’s range of concessions runs deep on every level: There’s Twice Daily Market’s gluten-free and other health-conscious choices, Top Dog’s gourmet hot dogs, elevated items from the Patron Platinum Club and Pucks n’ Pints, plus classic sporting event fare like soft pretzels and popcorn. Beverage options include beer, wine, cocktails, spirits and soft drinks. A frozen drink stand now resides on the 300 level, offering icy margaritas, slushies and frosé.
Watch No Matter Where You Are
While most bars in town support all of our home teams, there are official Predators-approved viewing locations. At these spots, you’ll find fellow passionate fans, a guarantee the game will be shown and an excess of Preds team spirit.
For those staying at home, Fox Sports Tennessee will broadcast 75 of this year’s regular season games, all of which will also be available on the free Fox Sports GO app. The remaining seven regular games will air on NBCSN.
Keep Up With The Home Games
The Preds play frequently, so make sure to keep up with the schedule, especially the home games. Here’s a printable PDF of the 2017-2018 games in Nashville, or you can simply save the image below to your phone.