NASHVILLE, Tenn. —The NHL playoffs started in Smashville and Predators fans were loud and proud for the opening game outside Bridgestone Arena.
The party on the plaza started three hours before game time, and fans came early and stayed late. They had the chance to play games, listen to music, get their faces painted, and even beat up a car with the Red Wings logo on it.
"This is what we have been living for," said Predators fan Addison Pate, "This is what makes Nashville Smashville. We are great hockey fans."
"The playoffs take the excitement to another level," said fan Jennifer Livins, "I am so excited for all the fans."
The Predators have faced Detroit two times before in the playoffs and lost both times. However, this is the first time they will have home ice, and fans wanted to take advantage of the situation.
"Everyone says it is one of the loudest arenas around," said fan Grace Vircik, "with my mouth here screaming, yeah, it is going to be loud."
"I believe this is year with the acquisitions we've made, with the chemistry, I believe we can make a deep run in the playoffs," said fan Troy Pollin.
Predators won their first playoff game 3 to 2.
The seven game Western Conference Quarterfinals series continues Apr. 13th at 6:30 p.m. at Bridgestone Arena.