Friday, April 6, 2012

Predators host full slate of Saturday activities after recording record 25th sellout

Things never slow down for the Nashville Predators in keeping their fans involved in plenty of activities surrounding the team's on ice success.

On Thursday night, the Predators celebrated their franchise record 25th sellout with a 2-0 shut out over the Dallas Stars. The prior record was 20 in the 1999-2000 season.

After flirting with not making a revenue sharing requirement that paid attendance average at least 14,000 a few seasons ago, the Predators brought in CEO Jeff Cogen and COO Sean Henry before the 2010-11 season to ramp up the marketing efforts.

Under their direction last season, the Predators sold out Bridgestone Arena a total of 16 times and saw an average attendance of 16,143. This year they made further strides averaging 16,690 fans per home game this season which is 97.5 percent capacity.

When fans attend a game, there is a great chance that they will go home pleased with the result. The Predators have gone 21-5-2 in their last 28 home games. Since the beginning of the 2005-06 season, Nashville has been one of the League’s best teams on home ice, compiling 180 home victories, ranking third behind only Detroit (189) and San Jose (181) in that span. 

The Predators have finished their regular season home slate and are looking to the playoffs which will begin either Wednesday or Thursday against Detroit or Chicago. A win on Saturday night in Colorado would secure home ice advantage in the first round, regardless of the opponent.

The Predators are hosting an open house on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m at the Bridgestone Arena which may be you best chance to secure tickets for the playoffs as well as season ticket packages for next season.

In addition to the availability of tickets, there will be an Easter egg hunt, with Predators staffers hiding eggs throughout the building. There will be eggs for the kids filled with candy and golden eggs for the parents, holding coupons discounts at the Pro Shop, meet and greet opportunities and more.

Other fun activities for Open House include locker room tours, an inflatable slapshot cage, kids hockey, a public skate (must bring own skates), free popcorn and soda, Pekka-ing displays and visits by GNASH and the Preds Dancers and Ice Girls.

“This city seems to be filled with Preds Pride and there is no better time to purchase tickets than right now,” Nashville Predators Executive Vice President Chris Parker said. “Come on out to our Open House on Saturday to find your seats, take a locker room tour, uncover some golden eggs and have a great day with the family out in Smashville.”

More Later...

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