Large downtown crowds from both the Predator's playoff run and the CMA festival contributed to what Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp staff believe was possibly the biggest tax week for downtown ever.
According to Butch Spyridon, president of NCVC, that Nashville could handle both large events at the same time is favorable for future large events that might be looking for new locations.
"Demand is going to be higher than ever. Ticket sales follow winning. This kind of effort, this kind of team. It makes it exponential," said Spyridan.
Downtown businesses saw increased sales during the work week from play off attendees. Rippy's Bar and Grill co-owner Terry Weakley said he had to order a significant percent more alcohol and food to prepare.
"This has brought a lot of people who don't know a lot about hockey it's got them excited. Now, they're gonna want to learn the game. They want to come watch and their tickets sales are going to go up. I'm sure they are. That's going to help everyone downtown."
The NCVC released this statement in regards to the success of downtown events.
“These events demonstrate that Nashville is more than suitable to host large-scale fan events, from the event footprint, to the staff expertise, to the support of city services. Some may discount Nashville’s ability to execute events that are typically enjoyed in larger markets. However, our performance with the NHL on the All-Star Game and the 12 viewing parties as part of the Stanley Cup playoff series has already spurred preliminary conversations about future events with the NHL, as well as other like events with the NFL, MLS and Gold Cup Soccer.”