NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 15, 2011) — Bridgestone Americas and National Hockey League (NHL) franchise Nashville Predators have extended Bridgestone's naming rights to the Predators' arena in downtown Nashville five more years through 2019.
Financial terms of the deal, originally struck in 2010, were not disclosed.
“This naming rights partnership…has exceeded everyone's expectations during its first two years,” Nashville Predators CEO Jeff Cogen said.
“When Bridgestone lent its name to our building, they helped solidify the stability of the team — keeping the Predators in Nashville — and showcased the team and the arena as tremendous investments,” he said, noting Bridgestone's support help's Nashville's prospects of landing an NHL All-Star Game.
Lending the Bridgestone name to the arena was a “commitment to keeping hockey in Middle Tennessee,…(and) to the city and the community,” according to Bridgestone Americas CEO and President Gary Garfield, who called the arena a “cornerstone for economic growth in Middle Tennessee.”
Besides being the Predators' home ice, Bridgestone Arena will:
- be the venue for the Country Music Association's CMA Awards through 2013;
- host the 2012 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Women's Basketball Tournaments;
- host the 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2019 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament; and
- host the 2014 NCAA Women's Final Four basketball tournament.
The Predators franchise joined the NHL in 1998 and has reached the league's postseason playoffs six of the last seven seasons, Bridgestone said.