City, Predators, CMA, NCVC Work Together for Stanley Cup Downtown Parties During CMA Music Festival
“Broadway Smash” Parties for Games 5 and 6 Will Include Large Screens and Feature Additional Space at Bridgestone Arena for Game 5, Music City Walk of Fame Park for Game 6
NASHVILLE – Mayor Megan Barry, the Nashville Predators, Country Music Association and Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp are working together to host Broadway Smash parties for Games 5 and 6 of the Predators’ historic run in the Stanley Cup Final, which will take place at the same time as CMA Music Festival, Nashville’s busiest tourism week.
The CMA Music Festival will be in full swing during the downtown viewing parties for Game 5 on Thursday, June 8 and Game 6 on Sunday, June 11. CMA Music Festival runs from Thursday, June 8 to Sunday, June 11 and incorporates many areas of downtown, including Music City Walk of Fame Park, which has hosted several Preds parties.
“Nashville is not only going to make history on the ice by bringing home the Stanley Cup, but we are making history by setting the gold standard for fan participation both inside and outside of Bridgestone Arena,” said Mayor Megan Barry. “I want to thank all of those in Metro Government, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp and the Nashville Predators who are working to create amazing fan experiences and memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.”
“This city has enveloped themselves in tried and true Preds Pride, and we are thankful to be able to support them right back with the help of Mayor Megan Barry’s team,” Nashville Predators President and CEO Sean Henry said. “It is so much fun to be able to put these events on for our community in cooperation with the NCVC, the city of Nashville, CMA and Metro Nashville Public Works.”
“Sean and I have talked for years about how special it would be for CMA Music Fest and the Stanley Cup Final to culminate this time of year in Nashville,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA, CEO. “The entire community has gotten behind the excitement of the Predators’ success, including the Country Music industry, and we’re honored to offer partnership support.”
“As the Preds advance, so do the watch parties,” said Butch Spyridon, President and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. “The CMA, Predators and Metro have cooperated to extend the viewing parties for Games 5 and 6. We look forward to this continued success.”
Game 5, Thursday, June 8 (away game)
With this game in Pittsburgh, the Predators plan to open Bridgestone Arena for fans to view the game. They are making 13,000 general admission tickets available with about 5,000 remaining. Tickets are $5 for season ticket holders and $15 for non-season ticket holders with proceeds benefiting the Nashville Predators Foundation. Tickets available at ticketmaster.com.
In addition to the indoor viewing party, the city will host an outdoor party on Broadway between Fourth Avenue and Seventh Avenue featuring two giant screens, one at Fourth Avenue and one between Fifth and Sixth Avenue. The site opens at 5 p.m. The event site has been adjusted to accommodate CMA Music Festival attendees and the shuttles that they ride.
NBC will broadcast Game 5 live from PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh at 7 p.m.
Game 6, Sunday, June 11 (home game)
The city will spread the Preds party over three areas downtown: Broadway, Walk of Fame Park and Ascend Amphitheater. Three giant screens will be placed on Broadway, which will be closed from Fourth Avenue to Seventh Avenue. Ascend Amphitheater and Walk of Fame Park will also have large screens. The Broadway site will open at 4 p.m. Once CMA Music Festival activities conclude at Walk of Fame Park, the venue will be available for the Preds party.
Game 6 will broadcast live on NBC at 7 p.m.
For both games, the Predators will activate Bridgestone Plaza with 300 wristbands available to fans. Times and locations are subject to change for parties. If a Game 7 is necessary, details will be announced later.
Upwards of 50,000 people have congregated downtown to watch the Predators on large screens during the playoffs to cheer the team on together.
During the parties, Predators mascot GNASH and the Predators Energy Team are scheduled to make appearances. Food trucks will be on site, and sodas and beer will be on sale. Bottled water and hot dogs will be on sale at low family-friendly prices.
Attendees are invited to bring blankets, collapsible chairs and small bags (no bigger than 12”x12”). Coolers, backpacks and large bags will not be permitted. For a complete list of house rules, please go to visitmusiccity.com/NashvillePredators.
The parties are co-hosted by the city of Nashville and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp with the assistance of Moo TV in support of the Nashville Predators and in partnership with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Sports Council. They are produced by the NCVC with special thanks to the Country Music Association for their support and cooperation.
The Nashville Predators became the National Hockey League’s 27th team on May 4, 1998 and have evolved from a young expansion franchise into a staple of the Middle Tennessee community in the 19 years since. The team strives each season to reach its One Goal: becoming a Stanley Cup Champion hockey team while making Bridgestone Arena the number one sports and entertainment venue in the United States. With One Goal in mind, the team is seeing its greatest success in team history as they enter the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.
Country Music Association
More than 7,800 music industry professionals and companies around the globe are members of CMA. Formed in 1958 as the first trade association for a single genre of music, the organization’s objectives are to serve as an educational and professional resource for the industry while advancing the growth of Country Music around the world. This is accomplished through CMA’s numerous initiatives including CMA Music Festival, which benefits music education programs across the U.S., and the companion CMA Music Festival television special; the CMA Awards, recognized as Country Music’s Biggest Night™; and “CMA Country Christmas,” which airs during the holidays. All of CMA’s television properties air on ABC through 2021. For information about CMA visit CMAworld.com.
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp
The mission of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp is to maximize the economic contribution of the convention and tourism industry to the community by developing and marketing Nashville as a premier destination. Visit the NCVC’s website at www.visitmusiccity.com and follow us on social media: