NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The sights and sounds of Downtown Nashville are getting back to normal. The small traces of the pomp and circumstance that come along with New Year's Eve are just about gone. What lingers on is the questionable season of the Nashville Predators.
Fans want to know if and when the game will go on and so do area businesses. Scott Frame is the manager of Bailey's Sports bar and grill.
"When they didn't start the season on schedule everyone was really getting down and really depressed about it because we needed that additional money a week," said Scott.
When the Bridgestone Arena is packed so is Baileys. "Financially we could get anywhere from 20 to 30 thousand dollars a week," said Scott.
And now the restaurant and its staff, like waitress Courtney Johnson, are feeling the effects of the NHL lockout. "You go from making like 200 on a Friday night to like 70 dollars," she said.
That's why John Ordung with the Small Business Development Center says they're on standby to help. "It was one of those things we started looking at right before Christmas because everybody says this is going to come to an end, but it hasn't," said John.
The lockout started back in September. Out of 85 games, 45 would've been played at home bringing 17 to 18,000 people downtown to spend money.
To stay afloat businesses like the Holiday Inn Express Downtown Nashville has to get creative. R. J. McMahan, director of sales and marketing for the Holiday Inn Express said, "a lot of hotels are doing extra promotions over the weekend to generate a higher demand of occupancy due to the lack of volume we would've seen from the NHL."
And while the stage is set for other events at Bridgestone Arena, no one wants the ice to melt future hockey games.