Bridgestone Arena finished a new series of improvements in preparation of the Nashville Predators’ 2018-2019 season.
Predators CEO Sean Henry sat down with News 2 to discuss what some of the changes crews have finished.
“This year, we’re rolling out an all-new audio system designed for our building,” said Henry. “We’re going to do things that no one has done before in arena sports, really fun theatrics to bring about the game entertainment experience we love so much. You won’t see it, but you will feel it more and more.”
Henry said fans will notice a big change in the celebration after a Predators goal.
“When we score a goal this year, it’s going to be a little more fun around that glass,” said Henry. “Of course, when you have 17,000 people singing in unison and then talking about the other goalie’s abilities, that’s a lot of fun.”
The upgrades added up to a $12 million improvement. Henry said that the project targets some of the complaints fans express most often.
“We’re doing a bunch of little things, and those are things that add up,” said Henry. “The pothole mentality, the things that bother you every time you come: let’s fix them. Let’s address them, let’s get bigger and better.”
One renovation Henry seemed particularly excited about was an addition he calls the jersey roller coaster. It doesn’t have an official name yet, but Henry shared the inspiration for the machine.
“You know when you go to the dry cleaner and they press that button and amazingly it stops right on your letter? I don’t know how they do that” said Henry. “We’re bringing something like that to life and you will see it above the team store going around. Again, not a huge renovation by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s fun.”
Click here for more on the renovations, including new LED ribbons and new dasher boards.