Full NHL season good for downtown businesses

Full NHL season good for downtown businesses (Image 1)

After the abbreviated 2012-13 NHL season, hockey fans and local businesses alike are excited about the upcoming complete season.

The Nashville Predators played their home opener against the Minnesota Wild at Bridgestone Arena Tuesday night.

Chris Parker, Executive Vice President of the Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena, said hockey, concerts and other events at the venue have a $400 million economic impact to the area annually.

“So any reduction or shortage in that is going to be felt by many,” Parker said.

That impact is felt by everyone from vendors and security guards at Bridgestone Arena to the honky tonks of Lower Broadway.

“We're excited to have them back,” said Missy Sweany, Assistant General Manager of Rippy's Bar & Grill. “This year it was so exciting to go into the season knowing that they were definitely going to be here.”

The 2012-13 NHL season did not start until January because of a league lockout, which centered around the expiration of the league's Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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