Bridgestone Arena is helping Nashville live up to its name “Music City.” Pollstar.com, which keeps track of ticket sales for major venues, has the Bridgestone Arena ranked at number 7 so far this year. Pretty impressive considering the size of Nashville compared to other major cities. There have been 11 events that sold out to date. Beyonce, Eric Clapton, Pink, The Black Keys, and One Direction are just a few of the shows that have graced the city so far.
To see sold out shows with this much diversity, I guess you could say we’re not just a country music town anymore. Obviously that will always be the bread and butter of Nashville but it’s good to see that we also have the ability to see some of the biggest names from other music genres as well. The Predators have sold out quite a few games at Bridgestone Arena but if they have another season like this past one, that’s one trend that may not continue!
Garth Brooks Linked to Bridgestone Arena’s Recent Success
Sean Henry, president and chief operating officer of the Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena gives much of the credit to Garth Brooks’s 9 sold out shows in 2010, which were part of a relief effort for the floods that year. Henry stated in The Tennessean, “That showed the music industry that Nashville isn’t a good small market, it’s a market that can sell out show after show after show,” Henry said. “Up until that time, people weren’t sure about that.”
I think this speaks volumes about the great community we have in Nashville. It’s awesome to see a city that got knocked down, but bonded together to come back stronger than ever. The Bridgestone Arena was a great venue to help those who lost everything and now it it is truly reaping the rewards of its service to Nashville.