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Predators Pro Shop: Clueless or Clued In?

Casual fans buy a t-shirt, and the foam Gnash fangs for the kids. Committed fans get a customized shirt or jersey with the team captain or popular fan favorites.  Hardcore fans customize a jersey with a hot prospect’s name, before the player appears in their first NHL game (right Jeremy?).  Regardless of your level of commitment, all of these can be found at the Pro Shop inside Bridgestone Arena.

As the 09-10 season drew towards a close, I spent what seemed like an eternity talking to Pro Shop staff about how they chose their items, what they’re able to get, not able to get, and so on.  It was an interesting conversation and one that revealed a similar theme from the front office,  “Do more with less.” Items that were purchased left much to be desired, and even a tilted head or two trying to determine who signed off on the purchases.

Nashville Predators fans are well aware that the 2010-11 season has brought about a whirlwind of change.  New faces have stepped up as leaders on the ice, new leadership has given a revived drive in the front office.  As a result, drastic changes have also occurred in the Pro Shop.  Season Ticket Holders may notice that on even a weekly basis, the Pro Shop has been rearranged to determine the best placement for items.  New Arrivals have a prominent spot as you walk in the entrance, and fan requests are taken seriously.

Initially, I sat down in August to write this blog post, praising the pro shop and giving my views on the changes that have occurred… but I’ve changed how I’m approaching it.  In the comments, I want to hear your thoughts on the Nashville Predators Pro Shop.  Do you feel they’ve improved this season?  Do you think they listened to initiatives like last year’s “No Pink in the Rink”, as well as my push for Big and Tall merchandise?  Let me know, and I’ll be glad to forward your concerns onto the Predators staff if you wish!