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'Skate of the Union' Excites Predators Fans

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By Adam Ghassemi

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For Predators fans, Wednesday was a hockey field day. Hundreds of fans went to Bridgestone Arena for the "Skate of the Union".

"I grabbed a couple Weber sticks that I'm interested in using," said fan and recreational player Joe Sanderson.

They're picking over skates, sticks even pads that have all been used by the players.

"Get to play around with hockey equipment all day. Never a bad thing," said fan Trey Steele. "All this stuff will be used again. Not at the level they put it to, but it will be getting used again."

But "Smashville" is for everyone.

"My son's first game was when he was three weeks old and my daughter made it when she was two months," said Teresa Rassega.

Season ticket holder Will Dean knows games also mean bonding time with his father and brother.

"Game 6 of the first round I didn't sit down the third period," he said sitting inside Bridgestone Arena Wednesday. "We love to cheer. We cheer together when we score goals."

After making it to round two of the playoffs earlier this year team, CEO Jeff Cogen hopes fans will buy the available season tickets quickly.

"I think we gave them a taste of what could be and if the ticket renewals and ticket sales are any judge they're excited about the upcoming year," Cogen said.

But what happens if the only other professional team in the city doesn't play this fall?

"With the lockout I could see a lot of fans from the Titans moving over here to find another professional sport in the Nashville area," said Sanderson.

Cogen said that isn't they want to reach their 10,000 season ticket holder goal.

"Would we sell 100 more tickets a game if they weren't playing? Maybe. Do I think that's the way to build a franchise and am I hoping for that? No," said Cogen.

The Predators first game is October 7th against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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