Bridgestone Arena

Bridgestone Arena
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Bridgestone Arena is located in Nashville
Bridgestone Arena
Bridgestone Arena
Former namesNashville Arena (1996–1999, 2007, 2010)
Gaylord Entertainment Center (1999–2007)
Sommet Center (2007–2010)
Address501 Broadway
LocationNashville, Tennessee
Coordinates36°9′33″N 86°46′43″W / 36°9′33″N 86°46′43″W / 36.15917; -86.77861
OwnerSports Authority of Nashville and Davidson County
OperatorPowers Management Company (Nashville Predators)

Basketball: 19,395
Ice hockey:
17,298 (1996–1999)
17,113 (1999–present)

  • End-stage 18,500
  • Half-house 10,000
  • Theatre: 5,145
  • Center-stage 20,000
Field size750,000 square feet (70,000 m2)
Broke groundJanuary 20, 1994[1]
OpenedDecember 18, 1996
Renovated2007, 2011, 2015
Construction cost$144 million
($225 million in 2017 dollars[2])
ArchitectHOK Sport
Hart Freeland Roberts, Inc.
Project managerBrookwood Group[3]
Structural engineerThornton Tomasetti
Services engineerSmith Seckman Reid Inc.
General contractorTurner/Perini[4]
Nashville Predators (NHL) (1998–present)
Nashville Kats (AFL) (1997–2001, 2005–2007)

Bridgestone Arena (originally Nashville Arena and formerly Gaylord Entertainment Center and Sommet Center) is an all-purpose venue in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, that was completed in 1996, and is the home of the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League.


Designed by Populous (formerly HOK Sport) in conjunction with the Nashville-based architecture/engineering firm Hart Freeland Roberts, INC., it was designed at an angle on the corner of Broadway and 5th Avenue in Nashville in physical homage to the historic Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry.[5]

Bridgestone Arena January 15 2011, following a Predators game.

Bridgestone Arena is owned by the Sports Authority of Nashville and Davidson County and operated by Powers Management Company, a subsidiary of the Nashville Predators National Hockey League franchise, which has been its primary tenant since 1998.