Nashville may be known for it’s music, being dubbed “Music City,” but the hottest tickets in town have become hockey tickets, not concerts.
“If we had 20,000 more seats, we’d sell them just like that,” Nat Harden, senior vice president of ticket sales for the Nashville Predators, said on Wednesday.
Single playoff game tickets for the Western Conference Finals went on sale Wednesday morning before it was determined who the Predators would play, and the majority of those sold out almost immediately.
That leaves the question, how do you get tickets?
The easiest and surest way is to become a Nashville Predators season ticket holder.
Fans who commit to season tickets are guaranteed discounted tickets to the remainder of the playoff games.
“We hold back the best seats for season ticket holders to make sure that they get the premium seats,” Harden explained.
Season ticket holders aren’t just guaranteed tickets, but also special experiences during the year, including meet and greets with players, and special ticket offers to other events at Bridgestone Arena other than hockey.
The success of the Predators this year has made tickets to Predators games more sought after than ever before, and the organization already had no problem selling tickets for this season before the playoffs.
“We sold out 41 games this past year, so we’re growing on what’s already a robust base,” Harden said.
If you can’t commit to season tickets, there are other ways to get into the playoff games.
If single game tickets are sold out, you can check Ticketmaster 48 hours prior to puck drop, that’s when the Predators organization releases tickets that were being held for VIPs or players of the opposing team.
There is also the day of tickets option, where at 10 a.m. on game day, the Predators release 100 $15 tickets through their app. Those tend to go extremely fast and are not a sure way to get into the game.
If you want your choice at seats, you can head to the secondary market, but those tickets aren’t cheap.
According to TicketIQ.com, the average asking price for a ticket as of Wednesday afternoon (prior to an opponent being determined) was $476 with the cheapest ticket listed at $217. To sit in the first 5 rows center ice, tickets will cost about $1,500.
If the Predators advance to the Stanely Cup Final, the cheapest available ticket through TicketIQ.com is listed for $1,025.
For fans who can’t afford the options presented, they’re still invited to the plaza party at the Bridgestone Arena plaza where they can watch the team take on their opponent on a big screen surrounded by hundreds of other fans.