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If you buy tickets to Nashville’s first home game, the second one is free

Jan 10, 2013, 4:59 PM EDT

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Another team has offered up fan incentives to make amends for the lockout — and once again, PHT is impressed.

(And slightly jealous.)

The Nashville Predators have unveiled their “Friends & Family Special” for the opening two home games of the regular season, a promotion that will likely draw a lot of attention.

The deal works like this:

— Buy a ticket to Nashville’s opening-night game
— Get a free ticket to Nashville’s next home game
— Get 50 percent off all soda and certain domestic draft beer for both games
— Get $1 hotdogs during the second game

There’s also the chance to win a new Nissan Sentra, merchandise giveaways and a pre-game party prior to the home opener.

Earlier, we passed along mention of two other teams — Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay — offering up fan incentives for this abbreviated season, which included a pretty good promotion from the Lightning, who were selling a limited number of season tickets for $200.

This Nashville deal is almost as good. You get two tickets for the price of one, with both games featuring half-price beer, and hotdogs at the second game cost one dollar.

The $1 hotdogs will get you every time. Even the staunchest lockout griper loses some edge over the prospect of dollar dogs. It’s like “Man, these guys are just a bunch of greedy bas…Oh man, sauerkraut, yes, absolutely.”


So…will the fans come back?

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  1. Stiller43 - Jan 10, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Two games for the price of one, and at the 2nd one you get half priced beer and dollar dogs?!!! Thats a deal

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 10, 2013 at 6:33 PM

      The ticket prices sound reasonable, but hot dogs and domestic beer? Not to sound like the snob that I am, but… barf. And I suspect that the beer at half price will still be more than a 6-pack at the store.

  2. bricktop02 - Jan 10, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    If they throw some monster truck tickets into the pot I’m in.

  3. rosselliott - Jan 10, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    This is the sort of promotion that can piss off season ticket holders… If they’re smart, they’d offer a free extra ticket to all season ticket holders, as well (which also can help them introduce new fans…)

    • vshehane - Jan 10, 2013 at 7:39 PM

      The Preds organization give free tickets to every STH every year.. We get great specials and free tickets throughout the season. Beer is always half price on Thursday nights. Our marketing department is second to none. They gave us free jerseys twice for buying our tickets for 2 years. Life is good in Nashville and hockey is alive and well.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jan 10, 2013 at 8:28 PM

        Someone in Nashville has season tickets?

    • mgdsquiggy17 - Jan 10, 2013 at 10:31 PM

      “(which also can help them introduce new fans…)”

      so is doing a buy one get one free to people buying the first 2 games..

  4. Jeff - Jan 10, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    If I was a Nashville I wouldn’t be impressed. It’s not enough in my opinion.

  5. mp1131211 - Jan 10, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    This is crap!

  6. tbbolts91 - Jan 10, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Are there any preds fans on PHT?

  7. jpat2424 - Jan 10, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Very smart!! I’m a hawks fan

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 10, 2013 at 8:55 PM

      Or Nashville?

  8. jobotjones - Jan 10, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Every franchise should do this. Way to give something back to the fans.

    • mgdsquiggy17 - Jan 10, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      not every franchise has enough tickets available to do something like this either. at least ticket wise. they can surely do something with concessions, merch, etc

  9. strosfan85 - Jan 10, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Half price beer will bring even the most jaded sports fan back to the arena! Those first 2 games are gonna get rowdy!

  10. lonespeed - Jan 10, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    I’m in Nashville on business the 21st thru 23rd. I’ll go if they are playing…even if I have to watch Columbus.

  11. broadstreetbeatdown - Jan 10, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Snooze…Who cares they’ll be playing in Quebec City or Hamilton two years from now actually making money.

    • killerpgh - Jan 10, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      With a screen name like that I wonder who you are a fan of? Some one sounds a little pissed their big market teams GM tried to bully the smaller market team with front loading the RFA’s contract only to have the small market stick it to the big market and now they have their best players signed long term and the big market left with a huge hole to fill.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:37 AM

        How come its only Flyers fans that have gotten over the Weber offer sheet and everyone else is still hung up on it?

        The fact that Nashville is a struggling market that will soon be relocated has northing to do with the Flyers or any other big market team. With a screen name like yours it sounds like you’re still sore about the drumming Cindy and the gals received last year.

      • vshehane - Jan 11, 2013 at 10:24 AM

        Hey broadstreetbeatdown, have you read ANY hockey news in the past 5 years? Nashville hasn’t been a struggling team in a long time. Your ignorance is stunning.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jan 11, 2013 at 8:50 PM

      He Veshehane have you read any business news in the past five years? Preds have been bleeding money since their inception. Math must not be your strong suit. Your stupidity is staggering.

  12. mp1113 - Jan 10, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Hopefully the caps do something like this

  13. vshehane - Jan 10, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    As a Preds long time STH I certainly have no problem with this. I am able to purchase 9 extra tickets for my family. The Preds organization actually treat the fans very well. This is a reason hockey is so popular in Nashville. For you yahoos who keep talking about Nashville moving you are obviously not much of a Hockey fan. You might want check out recent news concerning our team. You probably think Jim BalSILLY is still successful.

    • tbbolts91 - Jan 10, 2013 at 9:17 PM

      thanks for lindback! it’s not like you guys needed him with peks in goal… ahah

      • vshehane - Jan 11, 2013 at 10:28 AM

        We hated to see him go we were glad to see him get a chance to do something big for you guys.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:42 AM

      The recent news about your team is that you are operating at a loss. Le Predateurs de Quebec sounds great!!

  14. andyb02 - Jan 10, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Surprised that Nashville can afford this after bankrupting themselves with Weber’s contract.

  15. icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 10, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    It’s a sign that they don’t expect to sell tickets easily. It’s a sweet deal though.

    • mgdsquiggy17 - Jan 10, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      hey someone gets it!

  16. puckdog - Jan 10, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick…way better! Especially if Carrie Underwood shows up. No disrespect Mike!

  17. scionofflame - Jan 10, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    As a Predators fan, we like the deal. It’s good for us and we love the atmosphere at Bridgestone Arena. I might end up being the lone fan on PHT for the Predators, but…hey. I’ll defend the team.

    Gonna be a great year for the Preds.

  18. mojosmagic - Jan 11, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Nashville is a minor league market. End of story.

  19. eyeh8goodell - Jan 11, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    And so all the fans who said they were done supporting the NHL have come crawling back for a free ticket and half price domestic swill beer. I knew you all were full of it.

  20. bricktop02 - Jan 11, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Weber will be with the flyers next season.

  21. ussportsfanuk - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Interesting seeing all the arguing between the Predators and Flyers fans! Actually done a realignment plan on my blog that would have them in the same division! Maybe this is the start of a rivalry!

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jan 11, 2013 at 8:53 PM

      The only rivalry between Flyers and Preds fans is that they are a struggling market of the same ilk as the Yotes, yet for some reason when a Flyers fan brings that proven FACT up, they claim its sour grapes over Shea Weber.

  22. desertfan - Jan 16, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    These guys and Columbus are in trouble!!!

    To pay for this sport you need average ticket prices of $50 X 15,000= $750,000 per game X 40 games = $30M of gate plus TV, Share, Concessions etc.

    BUT- this league is still driven by GATE so without the $30M they are dead meat.

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