NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The viewing party for Thursday night’s Nashville Predators game has been revealed.
“Preds Party in the Park” will kick off Game 1 of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced Tuesday, as well as a party in the plaza of Bridgestone Arena, hosted by the Predators organization.
On games where the Predators are away, the organization is hoping, schedule allowing, that fans will be welcomed to watch the games inside of Bridgestone Arena on the big screen, surrounded by other fans.
Viewing parties for Round 1 home games will be hosted at Music City Walk of Fame Park – located across Fifth Avenue South from Bridgestone Arena, as well as the plaza.
Sean Henry, president and CEO of the Nashville Predators, said everything about this playoff run is expected to be bigger and better than last year. “In years past, we’ve always taken the first round and done some fun things and then the goal was to add to it with each successful round, where this year, we looked at where we finished last year (in the Stanley Cup Finals) and what a great show it was and said, alright, we need to start at that level.”
Henry said the excitement from last year spilled over into this season, and all season long, fans have been looking forward to another post-season run.
“Whether you’ve been a fan for 20 years, 10 years, or just a few months, it’s like Christmas Eve, the day before your birthday, Fourth of July, whatever gets you excited," Henry explained.
Officials said the parties are free and open to the public.
Music City Walk of Fame Park will open three hours prior to game time and a large video screen will show the game feed.
Food trucks and hot dog vendors will be on site. Water, sodas, beer and team merchandise will be on sale.
You can bring blankets and chairs. Click here for more information.
- Game 1: Thursday, April 12 at 8:30 p.m. - Avalanche at Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Viewing party starts at 5:30 p.m.
- Game 2: Saturday, April 14 at 2 p.m. - Avalanche at Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Viewing party starts at 11 a.m.
- *Game 5: Friday, April 20 at TBD - Avalanche at Predators at Bridgestone Arena
- *Game 7: Tuesday, April 24 at TBD - Avalanche at Predators at Bridgestone Arena