For 41 regular season home games, thousands of fans pack Bridgestone Arena to see the Nashville Predators.
After the games, the fans spill into the streets of downtown Nashville into local bars and restaurants. Amidst the NHL lockout, the businesses could lose millions of dollars in revenue.
“I mean it's disappointing to hear,” said Buddy Richardson of Paradise Park. “Obviously hockey season is a big part of our business in the fall.”
News of the lockout comes just over three weeks before the scheduled start of the regular season on October 11.
Downtown Nashville knows the potential impact of the lockout.
“I think it will be a bad thing,” said downtown worker Terry Pendergrass. “There will be a lot of lost revenue, and we need the revenue to survive the economy struggling.”
Predators players are continuing to practice and prepare for the season independently.
Captain Shea Weber told Nashville's News 2 he has watched hockey grow in Music City.
“Nashville is a very big hockey town now, and people love it,” the Predators captain said.
“Hopefully we can get something figured out, get something fair for both sides, and keep growing the game.”
This is the NHL's third shutdown since 1992, including a year long dispute that canceled the entire 2004-2005 season.