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PRESS RELEASE: Pollstar ranks Bridgestone Arena seventh


-Strong first half sees Bridgestone Arena post second consecutive Top 10 ranking-

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 16, 2013) – Bridgestone Arena ranks seventh in the United States and 23rd in the world for concert attendance, according to international trade publication Pollstar’s Mid-Year Ticket Sales report. This is Bridgestone Arena’s second consecutive Mid-Year in the U.S. Top 10, up one spot in 2013 from eighth in 2012.

Buildings in the U.S. Top 10 include: 1) Barclays Center 2) Wells Fargo Center 3) Philips Arena 4) Staples Center 5) SAP Center at San Jose (formerly HP Pavilion) 6) American Airlines Center 7) Bridgestone Arena 8) Sprint Center 9) Madison Square Garden 10) Toyota Center.

“Great performers and promoters continue to make Bridgestone Arena a regular tour stop thanks to the outstanding support from the fans, building staff and the city of Nashville,” Bridgestone Arena VP of Booking David Kells said. “Fans fill the seats at Bridgestone Arena night after night because of the full-spectrum of high-quality entertainment that returns year after year.  We are incredibly appreciative of the unwavering support from the city, the entire entertainment community and anyone who has taken in a show at Bridgestone Arena.”

2013 Bridgestone Arena Highlights To-Date:

  • ·         Host to the 2013 CMT Music Awards
  • ·         Record-setting March for Bridgestone Arena, with 329,002 guests walking through the doors.

o   Six sold out Nashville Predators home games, five consecutive days of SEC Men’s Basketball (13 total games) and four sold out concerts created the most attended March in the history of Bridgestone Arena, and the second most attended month in building history.

  • ·         Thirty five events with top performers such as:

o   Jan. 18             Justin Bieber

o   Jan. 25-27        Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus (seven shows)

o   March 6           Bon Jovi

o   March 22         Eric Clapton

o   March 24         Maroon 5

o   April 27           Jimmy Buffett

o   May 3              The Black Keys

o   May 18            The Avett Brothers

o   June 18            New Kids on the Block

o   June 19            One Direction

o   June 26            Cirque du Soleil – Quidam (seven shows)


2013 Bridgestone Arena Second Half Events Include:

  • ·         Fourteen events with top performers such as:

o   Aug. 17            Bruno Mars

o   Aug. 24-25      Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series

o   Aug. 31            American Idol Live

o   Sept. 5             Iron Maiden

o   Sept. 6             Muse

o   Sept. 14           Blake Shelton

o   Sept 19-21       Taylor Swift

o   Sept. 28           Lionel Richie

o   Oct. 16             The Eagles

o   Oct. 22             Nine Inch Nails

o   Oct. 23             Michael Bublé

o   Oct. 25             Selena Gomez

o   Nov. 15           Justin Timberlake

o   Nov. 22           Tribute to George Jones

  • ·         Upcoming in 2014: NCAA Women’s Final Four

To receive regular updates on upcoming events at Bridgestone Arena, visit for the complete Predators game schedule.


Serving as the home for numerous national and international events, Bridgestone Arena has the distinction of being one of the busiest venues in the Unites States since the doors first opened in 1996, hosting more than 19 million guests during that time and being nominated as Pollstar’s Venue of the Year for the sixth consecutive year in 2012. The NHL’s Nashville Predators have been the primary tenants of Bridgestone Arena since 1998 and boast one of the most unique game atmospheres in the NHL. The list of acts and events that have called Bridgestone Arena home is lengthy and includes the Country Music Association Awards; the Country Music Television Awards; Keith Urban’s “We’re All For the Hall” benefit concerts; NCAA, SEC and OVC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments; and entertainers such as Garth Brooks, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Billy Joel and the Rolling Stones.

Over the past several years, Bridgestone Arena has gone through several upgrades to improve experiences for fans, guests, performers and athletes. Recent updates include a new HVAC system, which improves ice-quality for players and creates a comfortable environment for fans. Approximately $20 million in upcoming enhancements to Bridgestone Arena this year include new carpeting, upgraded suites and an update to the building’s south entrance, which will bring retail and restaurant space to the south side of the building, creating a brand-new entertainment campus for Nashville locals and visitors. It has been recently indicated that Bridgestone Arena generates an annual economic impact of approximately $410 million for the city of Nashville.