Dec 16, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT
Picture, if you will, an All-Star Game in the future that sees as many country music stars in the crowd as there are NHL stars on the ice.
That’s just what the folks in Nashville are hoping for after the Nashville Predators extended their naming rights to the Bridgestone Arena with Bridgestone Tires. With Bridgestone being one of the biggest NHL sponsors, getting a perk like hosting the league’s annual gathering of stars is something the Predators and Bridgestone are hoping will happen as Andy Humbles of The Tennessean shares.
“We’re going to do what we can to bring an all-star game here,” said Gary Garfield, chief executive officer of Bridgestone Americas.
Nashville has never hosted the All-Star Game and the biggest hockey event that’s taken place there would be the Predators reaching the second round of the playoffs last season. Nashville also hosted the NHL Draft in 2003.
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