Service Management Systems customer, Bridgestone Arena, nominated again

Bridgestone Arena, home of the National Hockey League’s Nashville Predators, has been nominated for the 2011 Pollstar Concert Industry Arena of the Year Award. Five other arenas have been nominated for this international honor, including Air Canada Centre (Toronto, ON), BOK Center (Tulsa, OK), Madison Square Garden (New York, NY), Philips Arena (Atlanta, GA) and Staples Center (Los Angeles, CA). The 23rd Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards Ceremony will take place Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, in Los Angeles at Club Nokia.

This is the eighth nomination overall and fifth consecutive for Bridgestone Arena. Through Sept. 30, 2011, Bridgestone Arena has ranked ninth and fourth in U.S. concert attendance in Pollstar’s Mid-Year and Third Quarter Reports, respectively. These numbers are up from 23rd (Mid-Year), 19th (Third Quarter) in 2010, when Bridgestone Arena finished sixth in the Year-End Rankings. Bridgestone Arena was also the second busiest venue in the country and fifth in the world for the September-October reporting periods, according to trade publication Venues Today.

“2010 was Bridgestone Arena’s most successful year to date, and in 2011 we committed to building on those achievements,” Bridgestone Arena Vice President of Booking Brock Jones said. “This nomination, our fifth in a row, is wonderful recognition of our successes in hosting world-class events right here in Middle Tennessee. It is a testament to everyone who plays a role in bringing these events to life. Thanks to the hard work of everyone involved – from promoters, agents, acts, managers and staff to strong community support and incentives put in place by the Mayor’s office – we are closing in on our goal of becoming the Number One venue in the country.”

Bridgestone Arena opened in December 1996 and will be celebrating its 15th Anniversary this December. The facility has hosted more than 13 million guests for such events as the NCAA Men’s Basketball Regional Tournament, SEC and OVC Men’s & Women’s Basketball Tournaments, as well as entertainers such as Garth Brooks, Paul McCartney, Elton John and Billy Joel, Rolling Stones, Tim McGraw, KISS, Metallica and Kings of Leon. Bridgestone Arena has been the home of the NHL’s Nashville Predators since 1998; home of the CMA Awards; CMT Music Awards; SEC Men’s Basketball Tournaments past and upcoming in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2019; NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournaments past and upcoming (second and third Rounds in 2012); and NCAA Women’s Final Four Basketball Tournament in 2013. 

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