NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A record-breaking crowd filled Bridgestone Arena on a rainy Thursday night for the last home game of the Nashville Predators' regular season.
It was fan appreciation night and the festivities were forced inside because of the bad weather. Still, the team made sure fans had fun.
"Whether you come to five games, or you come to one game, everybody's a fan in this market and we wanted to take the opportunity to say thanks," said Predators Vice President Chris Parker.
The team provided fans with face and hair painting to help them show their Predator Pride.
A group of college students took a free picture that showed how much they enjoy watching their hockey team.
"We've been here about 15 times this season, so far. We've come to college night games, my parents are season ticket holders. We just love the atmosphere, we love the people," said Predator fan Helene Rynczak.
The team has grown its fan base over the last few seasons. Thursday marked the 25th sell-out crowd at Bridgestone Arena this season, a new record.
"And that's just a tribute to everything that we've done over the last several years, it just keeps building and building," according to Parker.
While there are many new fans in the seats at The Bridgestone, you still find the people who have been behind the Predators since they came to Nashville.
"I mean, I was at the first game the Preds ever played, so die hard Preds fan. I'm just pumped to see them, in the last home game before the playoffs," said fan Kevin Beamish.
The Predators will also host an open house on Saturday April 7th at Bridgestone Arena from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Fans will have the opportunity to scout out seats for next season. The day will also feature an Easter egg hunt, 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.
You will also be able to purchase tickets for the 2012 playoff games.