Nashville, Tenn. (January 23, 2020) - The Nashville Predators will find themselves in the spotlight of the hockey world once again as they host NBC Network and USA Hockey's Hockey Day in America on Feb. 16, a day filled with activity devoted to the impact and influence of hockey in the United States. Starting at 11 a.m. CT, NBC and NBCSN's 10-hour broadcast featuring three games will originate from the Bridgestone Arena plaza and conclude with Nashville vs. St. Louis at 5 p.m. CT, when the Predators will take the ice in their Winter Classic jerseys.
Throughout their full day of coverage which features games at 11:30 a.m. (Pittsburgh at Detroit) and 2:30 p.m. (NY Rangers at Boston), NBC and NBCSN will highlight the diversity and growth of hockey in Nashville, and across the country, before featuring the Predators home-ice tilt. Hockey Day in America marks the first day of Hockey Week Across America hosted by USA Hockey. This annual, nationwide event was created to engage the hockey community in both celebrating the sport at all levels and exposing hockey to new audiences.
"It's an honor to have been selected to host this year's Hockey Day in America celebrations," Predators President & CEO Sean Henry said. "There are countless people and programs that have contributed to the exponential growth of hockey throughout Tennessee, so we look forward to showcasing their stories. Our organization is thrilled to join forces with NBC and NBCSN on Feb. 16 to promote the sport and we hope that our Hockey Day in America participation inspires new children and families to join the hockey family."
In honor of hosting Hockey Day in America, the Nashville Predators will construct a public skating rink on the plaza at Bridgestone Arena starting today. The grand opening of The Rink on Broadway will take place on Feb. 1 before the Predators face the Golden Knights. That day, the plaza party presented by Lee Company will kick off at 4 p.m. CT. For $10, which includes skate rentals, fans will have the opportunity to take the ice in 75-minutes sessions. The rink will remain open until Feb. 23, and complete hours of operation can be found below.
With Hockey Day in America at Bridgestone Arena falling in the midst of the NHL's annual Hockey is for Everyone month, the all-day broadcast will also highlight Hockey is for Everyone's goal of promoting a safe, positive and inclusive environment for hockey players, families and fans - regardless of their race, religion, gender, disability or socio-economic status. As part of the initiative, the day will feature a visit from the Black Hockey History Museum as part of the NHL Black Hockey History Tour presented by American Legacy. This year's museum has been refreshed and redesigned offering fans a new experience as they learn about some of the biggest moments, milestones, and playmakers in hockey. Additional information about all of the Predators Hockey is for Everyone initiatives in the month of February will be announced in the coming weeks.
Hours of Operations - The Rink on Broadway
|Sat. Feb. 1||Grand Opening: 4pm-One Hour Postgame|
|Sun. Feb. 2||12pm-9pm|
|Mon. Feb. 3||4pm-9pm|
|Tues. Feb. 4||4pm-9pm|
|Wed. Feb. 5||4pm-9pm|
|Thurs. Feb. 6||4pm-30 Minutes Post-Cirque du Soleil|
|Fri. Feb. 7||4pm-30 Minutes Post-Cirque du Soleil|
|Sat. Feb. 8||12pm-30 Minutes Post-Cirque du Soleil|
|Sun. Feb. 9||12pm-30 Minutes Post-Cirque du Soleil|
|Mon. Feb. 10||CLOSED|
|Tues. Feb. 11||4pm-9pm|
|Wed. Feb. 12||4pm-9pm|
|Thurs. Feb. 13||4pm-One Hour Postgame|
|Fri. Feb. 14||Valentines Day Skate: 4pm-One Hour Post-Tyler Perry|
|Sat. Feb. 15||12pm-30 Minutes Prior to Conclusion of Boxing|
|Sun. Feb. 16||Hockey Day in America: 9am-One Hour Postgame|
|Mon. Feb. 17||12pm-9pm|
|Tues. Feb. 18||4pm-One Hour Postgame|
|Wed. Feb. 19||4pm-30 Minutes Post-Lumineers|
|Thurs. Feb. 20||4pm-9pm|
|Fri. Feb. 21||4pm-9pm|
|Sat. Feb. 22||4pm-One Hour Postgame|
|Sun. Feb. 23||Final Day: 12pm-5pm|