Predators are letting YOU choose the in-game music…

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Remember that one time wide receiver Terrell Owens said “Get your popcorn ready?” Yeah well, get your cell phone ready.

The Nashville Predators are set to debut a new in-game feature that will allow you – that’s right YOU – a chance to suggest the music heard inside Bridgestone Arena this season.

The Game Operations crew has set up a @PredsDJ account on Twitter so the fans inside the arena can tweet the songs they want to hear during play stoppages, TV time outs and intermissions.

“We are always looking for new and innovative ways to get the fans involved in our game presentation,” the Predators’ Game Presentation Producer said. “With the popularity of Twitter and it being on most cell phones, this seemed like an easy and fun way for fans to get engaged.

“The fans are a huge part of everything we do so allowing them to be a part of the game like this is just another way for us to add value to their experience.”

As with anything, don’t be shocked if the song you tweeted doesn’t get played. Realistically, there’s no way they can accommodate everyone and, worst case scenario, the Game Ops crew might not even have your song in-house. But that’s actually another benefit to the promotion. If there’s enough tweeps that share your desire to hear a certain song they don’t have, they’ll know they need to go out and get it.

“Part of our goal is not to just play the songs we have that people want to hear, but to find out what songs people want to hear that we don’t have and work those into the game presentation.”

The best part of the promotion? You don’t even have to follow @PredsDJ. It’s just there basically for inbound tweets only and thus a traditional follow isn’t necessary.

The cynic must wonder what the Preds get out of all this. After all, with almost any promotion, there’s something trying to be sold or offered. It’s almost never just for fun. But, with the Predators embracing social media, this is the exception to the rule.

“Fortunately, Twitter is a fairly passive medium and users can use it if they so choose or ignore it just as easily,” he said. “I think its importance is more in the fact that we’re looking to play what fans want to hear and now there’s an easy way to do that.”

You won’t have to wait long to get in on the action as Thursday night’s pre-season game will serve as the maiden voyage for the promotion.

So, basically what we’re saying is… get your cell phone ready.

5 Comments

  1. Scott

    September 22, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Man, with this and a couple other things…I’m slowly starting to lose my resolve on getting a stupid twitter account!

  2. Larry in 303

    September 22, 2010 at 10:08 am

    I really don’t care what they play during play stoppages during the game. Just GET RID OF THE BAND STAGE AND THE TERRIBLE BANDS THAT PLAY AT INTERMISSION!!!!!!!

  3. Charlie

    September 22, 2010 at 10:29 am

    This is good, their music library should be pretty big, since they pay licensing fees to BMI, ASCAP, etc.

  4. R.J.

    September 22, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Does their library include the NHL ’94 theme? It should.

  5. Patty Hayes

    September 22, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I have been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. Our National Anthem is a beautiful song and it deserves to be sung as it was written, with respect, sung so that people can sing with it, meaning not as funeral dirge, so slow and with faces twisted in pain, and not all over the scale with extra syllables and notes. The words, for those that are younger than me and never learned them, displayed proudly on our amazing megatron. I know we have an abundance of singers that want to be heard, but the Star Spangled Banner should not be a platform. I respect our neighbors to the north for the pride, respect and enthusiasm they have for their National Anthem. Let’s set an example for our young people…. and some not so young people.
    Thanks
    Patty