NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Sunday night was the pinnacle of the 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend as some of the best players took the ice at 4 p.m.
The All-Star Game was held in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and minor-leaguer John Scott was the game’s MVP.
Lee Brice warmed up the crowd before Lennon & Maisy Stella of ABC’s “Nashville” sung the Canadian national anthem. Vince Gill and his daughter Corinna Grant-Gill also took the stage to sing.
The Atlantic Division then won 4-3 over the Metropolitan Division in the first game of the night, with Pacific beating Central afterward with a score of 9-6, ousting the Predators from the game.
The Pacific Division ultimately won the NHL All Star title 1-0 against the Atlantic Division and took home the $1 million prize that comes with it.
Those without tickets could watch the game from Winter Park with food trucks and a s’mores station on standby.
Afterward, fans were invited to a free outdoor concert by the Eli Young Band at 7 p.m. in a concert series that began earlier Sunday with Kelsea Ballerini and Dierks Bentley.
Organizers of the NHL All-Star Weekend couldn’t be prouder.
“Amazing get for Music City, but it really was Music City pulling all of this together,” Chris Karbowiak, Chair of the local organizing committee, told News 2.
Karbowiak believes around 70,000 unique visitors visited downtown with an economic impact being estimated at $20 million.
“The spending that’s going on around these four days is awesome for economic development for the city,” she said, adding that other cities will have a hard time competing with Nashville’s all-star delivery.
“I don’t think anybody wants to follow us. When you stop and think about it there’s not one city in the U.S. That can deliver this kind of a talent for four full days. We knew it was going to be cool, we knew it was going to be big, but it’s really exceeded everyone’s expectations,” Karbowiak explained.
News 2 hopes to have the exact figures from the event by the end of the week.