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Preds getting creative to Keep the Red Out (sorry Chicago fans)

Bridgestone Arena recap

When the Chicago Blackhawks come to town, there’s typically a sea of red inside Bridgestone Arena. Chicago, Illinois is a huge market (the third largest in the United States) so it stands to reason that they would have fans everywhere and, in addition, their fans would travel well.

Of course, winning Stanley Cups helps too.

“Remember that game we had against them where there were probably 100 Blackhawks fans here, give or take?” Nashville President and Chief Operating Officer Sean Henry asked sarcastically. “All in really new jerseys with crisp name plates? Some of them live here obviously but others came down. And why did they come down? Their team was on fire, they couldn’t get a ticket back home and it was a lot cheaper to come down and have a great weekend here.”

Sorry Chicago fans but it’s about to get a lot tougher for you to repeat that.

The Predators unveiled the Keep the Red Out campaign when they were set to play their arch rival, the Detroit Red Wings, in the opening round of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. They furthered the effort by offering a Predators Pro Shop deal to the numerous Detroit transplants that live in Middle Tennessee. If you traded in your Detroit jersey, you could get 50% off a new Preds gold jersey. The promotion was met around the league with both heavy skepticism and respectful applause but, regardless of the perception, it had success. According to the Predators, roughly 300 Red Wings jerseys were exchanged. After many years of seeing less and less winged wheel in the stands, now Nashville had tangible evidence that there was a transition happening.

Fast forward a year and a half and the Predators are continuing the effort. This time, however, due of the sudden explosion of Blackhawks fans that seem to have come out of the woodwork.

“If I said we were doing this plan five years ago, you would’ve said ‘Oh, for the Red Wings!’ of course,” Henry said. “When we played them in the playoffs, we kept the red out there. Why? A lot of their fans that live here really converted over.”

So Nashville is getting creative. This season, for the first time, you will not be allowed to buy single game tickets for the November 16, December 17 and April 12 home dates against the Blackhawks. In order to get tickets to those games, you’ll be required to purchase a second game as well.

“For Blackhawks games, we want to make sure that we preserve this building as much as we can for those who live in Smashville,” Henry said.

That’s a great thought and all but how do they intend to do that?

“The best way to buy a Blackhawk ticket is to have a season ticket, a half season ticket or a 15-game plan,” Henry said. “But we also realize that we’re still going to have to sell 3,000-4,000 single tickets for that game. What it’s going to do by forcing another game is we’ll almost direct it toward people that live in the general area, for the most part. And (for the pre-sale) only those in the zip codes that we unlock can buy the Blackhawk game and a second game. So we’re breaking down every barrier we can to Keep the Red Out.”

That helps keep Chicago fans at bay, for sure. But what if Blackhawks fans really want to jump through hoops to see their team play in Music City?

“They’re going to have to earn it,” Henry said. “And they’re going to help us continue to grow our roster by building our (revenue at the) gate. It’s that simple. In the end, we’re building something pretty special. If we have to do it off the backs of their fans a little bit, I’m not apologizing for it.

“We don’t want to build those ticket grosses off of our core — our lifeblood — the season ticket holders. We want to build it off the single game buyers who only want to buy those games.”

Not able to go to that second game you’re forced to buy but still really want to see the 2013 Stanley Cup Champions? The Preds have that covered as well.

“We’ve built in a plan where they can donate the ticket back to members of the military,” Henry said.

Whether you like the idea or not, you have to applaud the organization for the attempt. When it’s all said and done, however, it’ll be interesting to see how this goes over. Nashville sold out 25 of its 41 home games in 2011-12. Then, coming off of a lockout that should have driven fans away, they sold out 20 of 24. Can they keep that momentum up while making it harder to get the most sought-after ticket? Or is it just good business, like how airlines charge more for more popular destinations? And, if it is just good business, is the Nashville market ready to accept that in order to go to a hockey game? We see both arguments and are very curious as to how it’ll turn out.

One thing is for certain: we’re very excited to see more gold and less red at 501 Broadway, regardless of how it happens.

PHOTO CREDIT: Jeremy K. Gover // section303.com

82 Comments

  1. Eric

    August 13, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Wow….we tried coming for last years Schedule January game. Cancelled due to lock-out. The year before we brought over 24 couples to the January game. I would think the the Nashville restaurant, bars and hotels should be extremely pissed with their Nashville Predators management. two people at Hilton and all the Bars and restaurants over $1500 for two days. Wow….very stupid ?

    • carmelo

      August 13, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      the preds have a bunch of morons in the front office

    • Jim

      August 15, 2013 at 7:07 am

      3 friends and myself were going to go to the November game and figured it would cost about $1,200 a piece for the weekend. There’s $3,600 you idiots are going to lose out on.
      LET’S GO HAWKS!!!!

  2. tim

    August 13, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Stupid…Us Hawks fans can just buy two games and then sell one of the games on stubhub. problem solved.

    • carmelo

      August 13, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      Don’t sell the extra ticket, eat the 35$ and all us hawks fans are goin to burn them, so they don’t get used, so another preds game will have an empty stadium

      • AndyDelmore

        August 15, 2013 at 7:45 am

        Hey mate,

        Your team was dead last in attendance 5 years ago. Suck a dick.

      • andyaxel

        August 18, 2013 at 3:35 pm

        Have a look at Joe Louis Arena sometime. The lower bowl is empty but the seats are all sold. As long as there’s money coming in, who cares if the idiot Chicago fans are burning their plus-ones?

  3. carmelo

    August 13, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    THIS IS HOW STUPID IT IS….THEYRE GOIN TO MAKE CHICAGO FANS BUY AN EXTRA TICKET FOR ANOTHER PREDATOR GAME, WHICH OBVIOSULY WE WILL, NO ONE WILL END UP GOIN TO THAT OTHER GAME, SO THE STADIUM WILL AGAIN BE EMPTY CUZ ALL THE TICKETS WILL BE WASTED……GENIUS IDEA
    +

    • Cody

      August 17, 2013 at 10:10 am

      Take it easy partner no reason to yell. But this is a great idea. I’m not even a predators fan. But your saying u will buy both tickets? That’s good more revenue for your division rival. Who cares if ppl show up or not. Those tickets aren’t wasted at all

  4. carmelo

    August 13, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    “One thing is for certain: we’re very excited to see more gold and less red at 501 Broadway, regardless of how it happens.”

    bahahahaha it wont….see you Nov 16th Nashville
    go hawwwwwwwwwwwks

  5. Colton

    August 13, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    The reality of it is there will still be plenty of tickets available for Chicago fans either through scalpers or through Stubhub, it’s just going to cost people a little bit more. I think it’s a very smart move by Nashville.

  6. Sharp10

    August 13, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    This is so stupid. How much money is the city going to lose due to food and lodge???? Idiots.

  7. Abby

    August 13, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    How stupid can this look for them….they never saw that much money in one weekend there

  8. Bhawks willcrushu

    August 13, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Awwww Nashville is scared!

  9. joey

    August 13, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Hello Stub Hub

  10. Bkhwksam

    August 13, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    What a minor league move. You’re losing hundreds of thousands in tax revenue from the bars, restaurants, and hotels, just for a stunt. It’s things like this that keep the league from taking the Preds seriously. You’ve just eliminated your 4-5 sellouts that you get. Take care Nashville, I’m going to find another city to plan my road trips and spend my money elsewhere.

    • 615preds

      August 13, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      Well we got 20 last year, so we didn’t really eleminate the “4-5 sellouts that (we) get”.

      • Bkhwksam

        August 13, 2013 at 8:30 pm

        So, let’s say there were 20 sellouts. By doing this you’re eliminating 25% of them. Sounds like good business sense to me. (Sarcasm) You want to solve all the Red Blackhawks sweaters? Win.

        • andyaxel

          August 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm

          Not if you’re buying the 2nd ticket, Brainiac. Even if the seat is empty, it still counts towards attendance since it’s “tickets sold,” not “tickets used.”

          • flying.greek@yahoo.com

            August 18, 2013 at 3:56 pm

            Those “sold” empty seats you’re so proud of won’t buy a hot dog, some beers, and will be one less person I. Broadway generating tax revenue. So…please continue to call people names when they’re having a debate (which you lose by calling me a braniac), and not be concerned that this stunt hurts more than just Predator “pride”…

          • andyaxel

            August 18, 2013 at 5:03 pm

            Your comment was about sellouts in the arena, not about the tax base in and around Lower Broad. And since I live and work in downtown Nashville (every day, not just on Titans or Preds game days), I gotta tell you that the comments about Blackhawks putting serious economic pain on the downtown district by not attending games is simply laughable. You seriously think you’re killing downtown business by not attending 3 NHL games? Or killing Preds attendance by burning your tickets to the Jets or Avs games? If that’s actually what you believe, then a grip must be gotten on your part.

            This move is just as much about giving Preds fans a chance to buy tickets before they go on the market to Hawks fans, which also gives said Preds fans the chance to sell them to you at sextuple-times face value on the secondary market (HINT: StubHub and TiqIQ tickets are already sold tickets, so it really doesn’t matter to the Preds front office what you all want to pay for those). From a Preds perspective, that’s a win because the seat sold. From the perspective of the fan that sold the ticket at an absurd price, that’s a win because they get the money. And I guess that’s a win for some Hawks fan that wants to pay extortion-ous prices on the secondary market rather than buying a +1 and donating it to someone on active military duty, even if that was a much cheaper option, because FREEDOM or something.

            I don’t think this will make much of an impact, if any, on Chicago attendance in Nashville, for this one mere fact: Tickets to games at United Center will remain much, much, much harder to come by. Watch supply & demand in action. The only thing this will do is make sure that Nashville-area scalpers exact their pound of flesh first.

  11. Not your concern

    August 13, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Technically I really dont think that they can do that.. And if anything, Im sure this would be directed to the NHL or the BBB. You cant do something stupid like that because you want to be a little b**ch because you know the Blackhawks will kick your butts again.. Preds are so freaking ridiculous!!

    • I'm concerned

      August 13, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      They can regulate ticket sales however they want. Nice try with the BBB and or NHL angle.

  12. Sean Welch

    August 13, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Stubhub is the way around that. Problem solved. Nashvilles front office is a JOKE

  13. Daniel

    August 13, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Sounds like the preds are a bunch of jealous babies.. Can’t wait till the hawks stick it to you… Again.

  14. Emery

    August 13, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    This is the best you can come up with? Stick around for 80+ more Years and win a few Cups. Then you can try this child-like move. Cry to your mommy. Sorry excuse for a club.

  15. Mickey White

    August 13, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Really..Bullshit!!!…Guess what dumb ass PR reps….you sold out BECAUSE “Hawks” fans were there and bars and restaurants made money…Didn’t the bars run out of BEER 2 years ago when “HAWKS” fans came down for the game….Idiots!

    • Chad

      August 13, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      Well it was actually bears fans but assuming 99% of bears fans are probably also hawks fans I guess you could say same thing.

  16. George

    August 13, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Duh. Just put a good product on the ice and the ‘red’, or any other color, problem is solved. But I guess that’s really the issue.

  17. Sam

    August 13, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Great, I got to 10-15 Preds games a year the last 4 years, As a bartender when Chicago comes into town the night before and night of the games I have made $1500-2000 in tips. If becuase of this move I lose out of my tips I will NOT be going to Preds games ever again.

    Thanks Hard Working Preds Fan

  18. Topper

    August 13, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Short memories in Chicago. I went to a game in ’04 vs Avs. Sold less than 7000 tix. Half that in the bldg.

    • Pete

      August 14, 2013 at 10:53 am

      You’re right, a decade ago when $ Bill Wirtz was still alive and running the team into the ground the ‘Hawks struggled to maintain their fan base. But you know what they didn’t do? Cry about it like whiny little babies or try to prevent opponents’ fans from buying tickets.

  19. George

    August 13, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Awwww. Now I have to stay at home, go to a local bar and enjoy a Hawks victory and, let’s see, not buy gas in Nashville, not pay for two night’s stay at Nashville hotels, not purchase 4 or 5 meals at Nasville restaurants, not buy copious amounts of Nashville booze, and not fill the coffers of the vendors at the game. Well done, geniuses!

  20. Kurt

    August 13, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    This seems kind of dumb. Let ‘em come! We’re not skeered.

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  23. Alex

    August 14, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Great job Nashville….now all of those out-of-towners won’t come and spend their money in our city by renting hotel rooms, eating at our restaurants, and going to the other Nashville attractions. I am so please that you got rid of a color at a sporting event, but did you have to sacrifice how the rest of the city was benefiting?

  24. C J

    August 14, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Gotta wonder how the nashville tourism department & the airlines (besides the bars, hotels, & restaurants) feel about this. The Hawks fans generate a ton of revenue for the town when the games are in nashville. Don’t you think that’s partly why the NHL scheduled the final game of the season in Nashville on a Saturday night? I’ve got nothing against the Preds team loyalty, but this is the wrong way to go about it. Hope this bites the Preds in the butt!!!

  25. Jon

    August 14, 2013 at 7:04 am

    The Predators front office is a bunch of morons! My buddies and I have made the Nashville road trip every year for the past three – so much fun! What about all the revenue that Hawks/Preds games bring into downtown Nashville? Obviously, there’s collusion between whoever schedules the games because last April’s game was a 2pm and not a night game, and there were bands, beer vendors..etc. set up on Bridgestone property outside the arena set up to gather as many out of town dollars as possible from the visiting crowd. Methinks the 2pm game time was also crafted to ensure a longer drinking/eating day in downtown Nashville as well. If they really want to keep us Hawks fans out of town, just schedule the games in the middle of the week rather than on weekends then. That would do the trick. Of course nobody in their right mind concerned with Nashville tourism and hospitality industry would even consider doing that. Bottom line to you Preds people whining about “too much Red” in the arena – WIN SOMETHING! Focus on expanding your home fan base and getting more Nashville people to the games rather than feebly attempting to keep the other team away. If you could fill your own arena with your own fans, then you wouldn’t be bothered by over half the stadium being filled with Hawks, Blues, or Red Wings fans when those teams come to town!

  26. Ed Doman

    August 14, 2013 at 7:07 am

    They do realize that we will just buy the tickets through StubHub, right? I am sure the brokers that buy up all of the tickets and sell them there will have no problem taking our Chicago money. No wonder why they are a second-class Organization!! I have an idea, when we go to these games, and we will, refrain from buying anything inside the arena. Drink and eat before and after the game at the local establishments that love when we come to town.Bite me, Sean Henry!!

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  28. Lauren

    August 14, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I feel like people are just going to buy that second ticket and resell it, that’s really not going to do much to keep people out.

    • andyaxel

      August 18, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      Finally, a Blackhawks fan with a functioning brain cell. You must be one of the sober ones.

  29. dandalf

    August 14, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Well, if your fans weren’t abominable, obnoxious dicks there wouldn’t be a problem. I love it.

  30. Pete

    August 14, 2013 at 10:18 am

    A) This is just sad. Trying to come up with hoops to jump through to keep an opponent’s fans out of your building is pathetic. If you want more supporters of your team and fewer supporters of the opponent’s team in the building you need to build up your fan base because trying to tear down your opponent’s fan base will always fail.

    B) This plan is idiotic and stands 0 chance of having any effect whatsoever. First of all, this sucks for any Preds fan who really wanted to see them take on the defending champs and can only afford to buy tickets to 1 game. Second, I repeat, it’s a stupid plan that won’t work. If I want to see the ‘Hawks in Nashville I can either buy the tickets through the box office and then sell the ones for the other game on Stub Hub or craigslist or something, or more simply I can buy tickets for just the ‘Hawks game on Stub Hub. Either way it will neither be more difficult nor more expensive to go to that game than it was previously.

    C) How cute is it that you think that the Red Wings are your arch rivals? I’m pretty sure that they are barely cognizant of your existence…

  31. predsfan24

    August 14, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Ok, I’m a little whizzed by this and I’m a Predators’ fan. I don’t live in the Nashville area- I live nearly 2 hours away. I usually get to roughly 6-8 games a season and that is with planning, but bet your boots I try to get to as many as possible. So, when I want to see the most rivalry-filled games – I’m not going to be able to purchase the tickets without buying another one – yes, I know I can donate it or whatever if I can’t make that game, but the you are still forcing me to spend money on a ticket that I don’t want to purchase at that particular time! I have spent weeks planning (in the past) which Wings’ games or Hawks’ games I can go to and that is taking partial days off work to get there to enjoy every single bit of the game and atmosphere.

    What happened to good ole fashioned rivalry? Some of the best games I have attended were where fans of the opposing teams and I struck up conversations – Hawks’ fans and Sharks’ fans included – and it made the game even more interesting!

    What about lost revenue for the city? Did we really thoroughly think this through??

    Maybe, I’m having a knee-jerk reaction here – and I had no problem with the trade the jersey deal – but this is potentially going to backfire on several levels.

  32. Jim Gray (@JamesGGray)

    August 14, 2013 at 10:32 am

    This is a joke. As others have said, buying or reselling on StubHub makes this a non-issue. Maybe someday soon the Predator’s marketing department will get a computer and learn how to use the internet. The business owners around the stadium should be seriously objecting to this.

  33. Ryan

    August 14, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Well me and my friends will keep our money in Chicago then. Not because it would be difficult to buy those two tickets and sell the second game on stubhub, but on principle. Together we spent over $1,300 in town the last time we drove in for the game, bummer for their other businesses.

  34. BossMan

    August 14, 2013 at 10:48 am

    We still have a hockey team here in Nashville?

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  37. Chris

    August 14, 2013 at 11:25 am

    This has got to be the most asinine idea I have ever heard. Instead of being happy that you have a packed stadium (regardless of the color) you’re going to try and keep people out, who would love to be at the game. I think the Preds fans may have been a little hurt by how loud the Hawks fans are at their precious little ice rink.

  38. Steve Harnden

    August 14, 2013 at 11:35 am

    What a poorly written story.

  39. Big Mallow

    August 14, 2013 at 11:45 am

    By getting the red out you also got a lot of GREEN out$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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  41. lyu370

    August 14, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    So can I buy tickets to two Hawks games? Problem solved.

  42. Jeff

    August 14, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    You hawks fans do realize that “eating” the ticket does mean you still paid for it? I know leaving our arena empty will feel like a win. We got your money, so even if the arena is half full won’t matter as much as it would if no one bought tickets.

    Oh and I know this doesn’t describe ALL Hawks fans, but there is a rather large contingent of younger band wagon hawks fans that haven’t learned how to act in public yet. Hard to not get upset when a 20 something year old Hawks fan is cussing me out in front of my 9 year old nephew for doing nothing but cheering for MY team in MY arena. If it were just the REAL Hawks fans coming out this wouldn’t be a problem. I’m sorry it effects you that aren’t idiots, but too many people have complained to management about rude, drunken Hawks fans. Sure every fan base has its a-hole fans, but this has gotten out of hand. It’s worse than some frat parties i’ve been to. This is their solution, and it may not even work.

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  44. Kcathome5@aol.com

    August 14, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    We had 66 members wanting tickets and they tripled they price we payed for the same tickets in previous years. I thînk their front office dropped the puck on his one. As for their comment about going there because we cannot get tickets here as not so true. We go there for the game and nightlife afterwards. Great music, good food. But alias not this year, we cancelled Nashville. Seems silly that they threw away so much money from Chicago fans.

  45. Jan

    August 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    It may seem like a good idea to “keep the red out” but shame on the Preds… Do they not realize that pretty much every Blackhawk fan not only goes to the game but spends money in concessions, and we all go down Broadway after the game and spend lots of money, some fans make it a weekend and rent hotel rooms and spend big, big money in Nashville. Is this a real good business decision? Loosing money for Nashville just to “keep the red out” Sounds like a little jealously for not having a lot of their own fans.

  46. Chris

    August 14, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Is hillbilly methville really that hard up to attract fans? Ha ha what a bunch of toothless idiots….whats next? Free bag of meth with your ticket? Your bars suck and your fans suck even more!!! Tell you the truth….nobody knew you even had a team!!! Wave to the cup….youll never have it!!

    • Jeff

      August 14, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      Aww, that might hurt someone’s feelings if we were children. Unfortunately no one really took the bait. That’s probably becuase smack talking over the internet is usually done by weak p*ssy adults and teenage girls. Oh and congratulations on winning the cup.

  47. Stephen Kamin

    August 14, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Ok…I’ll take a ticket for November 16, and my second game choice is…ummmm… December 17 (also a Hawks game) Bet they didn’t think of that!

    • andyaxel

      August 18, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      Your +1 comes from a list of games that don’t include Blackhawks games. (sad trombone)

  48. Matt

    August 14, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I have no problem in buying 2 games and selling one. GO HAWKS!!!! Good luck getting a championship, Nashville. hahahhaha

  49. Joe

    August 14, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Don’t teams finishing in the bottom 4 in the NHL usually try to sell more tickets by promoting who is coming to town, and not by bolstering their own, aforementioned, crappy team.

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  51. Jeff

    August 14, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    My guess is some of these morons coming in here to spew hate fill stupidity are the same fans prompting management to stop you from coming to our arena. I’ve been going to games in Nashville before the Hawks were good again. Your fans have ALWAYS come to games here. Difference is now a days there is only a small portion of actual hawks fans and this HUGE contingent of band wagon fans. Sorry some of you are hurt by this, and you are being dumped on becuase of the Hawks band wagaon. However if it keeps the ones that have no respect for other people, or their arena out of ours, I say hell yeah. I got friends that work at the arena, I’ve heard many horror stories about fan interactions at recent Hawks games. THAT’S why the preds are doing this. We’re the small market preds for christ sake! We’ve never done something like this before, or to Wings fans that have been taking over our arena for years now. Know why? Becuase their fans know how to act in someone else’s arena!!! If all the drunk, rude, d-bag band wagon fans were never an issue, this wouldn’t happen. I know all fan bases have drunk d-bag fans visiting their arena. This is diffrent, it has become an issue with arena management and Preds fans. There are simply too many drunk d-bag band wagon fans at Hawks games these days.

    Sorry if you’re a true hockey and Hawks fan, and you were planning on coming out to Nashville before this b.s.. However it is what it is and if it keeps some of these drunk a-holes out of our arena then I’m all for it.

    Again we get fans for every team we play, Detroit used to take over our arena and we never did something like this to them. There is a good reas for this.

    True story, last season at a hawks game I was cussed out in front of my 9 year old nephew for just cheering. I wasn’t starting anything or talking smack, my nephew was with me. THIS is the kind of stuff happening all over our arena at recent hawks games. I’ve heard stories of fans getting beer dumped on them, people puking out in the friggin walk ways. It goes beyond what’s expected when going to a game. These are band wagon fans looking for a good time. They aren’t truly interested in the Hawks, they’re there to get drunk and start fights. We don’t need or want that crap in our arena. And if this isn’t enough to keep them away and they buy both tickets. Well, at least the team can make a little profit off of our fans suffering through another Hawks frat party.

  52. Mike McCune

    August 15, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Wait….you don’t want our money? Hotels, restaurants, bars, not to mention the tips we leave the bands along Broadway. Who’s bright idea was this? And nobody was opposed to all the money in tourism you’re going to lose. Who is the asshat that thought this was a smart move!!!! I have many friends in Nashville that love having Chicago people come down to party with the Hawks! We’re great guests, at least that’s what we’ve been told! This is the stupidist “shoot yourself in the foot” move I’ve ever seen! Ha!

  53. Mike

    August 15, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Jeff – sorry about the asshat Chris – he’s not a good representative of a Hawks fan – he’s just an asshole!

  54. Ron from Chitown

    August 15, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Not cool Chris! Nashville is a great city and you sound like a pissy two year old.

  55. pat frischtoninski

    August 15, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Just take your asswhoppin and go home. Oh wait your already home. Nashville Hillbilly hockey,One Goal. NO CUP!

  56. DRL

    August 18, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    preds should be more worried about how to score some goals

  57. Mike

    August 18, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    The sad thing is that Hawks fans love Nashville, but after some of the nasty comments on here, maybe not so much anymore. Everyone seems to have to hate everyone in this fucked up time……and that goes for both sides.

  58. Nashville Painter

    August 18, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Realize this is four days later and too late to hit the comments from Chicago fans who clearly read about this linked on some Hawks blog, but… here goes.

    It’s beyond hilarious that anyone thinks three days out of the year for hotels or whatever is going to make a tiny blip in Nashville’s tourist activity. Gee, does it occur to anyone that most of our downtown hotels are expensive for a reason? Here’s a clue: they’re all full, almost all the time. Millions of people per year visit Nashville, most of whom don’t treat our town like it’s their personal toilet bowl; they’re always welcome here. Others, not so much.

    I don’t know that this will work, either – since tix for the second game are only going to be $30 or so if they’re in the 300s. Here’s hoping the front office is making Hawks fans buy the same seats for both games – as in, if they’re paying $100+ for seats in the lower bowl for the CHI game they have to buy those same seats for the 2nd game.

    Just to reiterate what others have said – this would be a nonissue if Nashville weren’t experiencing its own fans discouraged from attending games by the general frat-boy behavior of Chicago fans every time they come here. They start drinking on lower Broad at 9 in the morning so they’re good and juiced up by game time. Then they come in and hold up signs with language not suitable for TV or a general admission crowd, drop F-bombs in front of little kids, stand up in front of people so they can’t see, and pick fights with Preds fans – usually smaller people like teens – for supporting our own team in our own arena. All of this I have personally witnessed more than once as a Preds season ticketholder.

    My view is it was either this or Preds management being forced to invest lots more $$ in security for Chicago game nights – why should costs for that be passed on to Preds fans? Our mothers actually taught us some manners.

    Screw ‘em, say I. Big talk for fans of a team with the worst attendance in the League only a few years ago (and who are only good now thanks to tanking and getting two top draft picks in a row); and who lost four out of five games to the Preds in 2011-2012, one a 6-1 blowout at the United Center.

    If Hawks fans can learn civilized behavior, maybe they’ll be welcome here again – but I’m not holding my breath, and I doubt anyone else in the 615 area code is either.

  59. Mario Nicosia

    August 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Went to NASHVILLE last year with 46 people from Chicago to see game. Will never go back because of Sean Henry

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  61. pat frischtoninski

    August 22, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Them there hillbillies should worry more about selling possum hot dogs at the game. By the way where do they hang all their Stanley cup banners? Did not see any when I was there. And who sells Moonshine in a dixie cup?

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  63. Jamo

    September 1, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    im a hawks fan living in tn now for 11yrs.grew up down the street from the madhouse. i can tell you from local news nashville business love chgo fans for revenue and are pissed. tootsies owner said hawks fans had him run out of beer.

  64. pat frischtoninski

    September 6, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Have Barry Trotz buy the tickets for you. He will be waiting out front to deliver the tix prior to game time.What else does he have to do? Win a CUP?