Bridgestone Arena Nominated For Arena Of The Decade

Bridgestone Arena

Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena has been nominated for Arena of the Decade by Pollstar Magazine.

As a one of the top destination for sports and entertainment fans of all kinds, Bridgestone Arena has been nominated for Pollstar’s Arena of the Year award 16 times, with 13 consecutive nominations from 2007 to 2019 and wins in 2014 and 2017.

Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena EVP of Entertainment & Venues David Kells was also named Pollstar’s Venue Executive of the Year in 2017, having been nominated on six prior occasions.

“Over the past 10 years and beyond, it has been truly remarkable to witness the positive impact that Bridgestone Arena’s growth and success have had on Downtown Nashville and the Middle Tennessee community,” says Kells. “Our organization is honored to receive Pollstar’s Arena of the Decade nomination, and we would not be in contention for this prestigious award without the endless support of millions of fans and the tireless efforts of countless artists, managers, agents, promoters, entertainment industry professionals, partners and local government officials among many others. As we reflect on a decade’s worth of amazing memories made at Bridgestone Arena, we also look forward to hosting sold-out crowds and events again very soon as a result of increasing COVID-19 vaccine distribution and continued adherence to all health and safety protocols.”

After opening in 1996 as Nashville Arena, Bridgestone Arena has had the distinction of being one of the busiest venues in the United States, hosting more than 25.6 million guests throughout its existence. In its 2020 Year-End Ticket Sales report, Pollstar listed Bridgestone Arena as 7th in the United States and 16th in the world for ticket sales, inclusive solely of show and concert tickets. In 2017, with Pollstar’s ranking of 4th in the U.S. and 12th in the world, Bridgestone Arena earned its highest domestic finishing position and tied its 2015 global ranking.

Bridgestone Arena has hosted events from the CMA Awards, the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament, The 2016 NHL All-Star Game, the Stanley Cup Finals in 2017 as well as Professional Bull Riding and UFC.

Voting for the 2021 Pollstar Awards is open now through May 14 to magazine subscribers, and the winner will be announced at the 32nd Annual Pollstar Awards on June 16.

Steven Boero