Bridgestone Arena serves as shelter during severe weather

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — If you find yourself downtown when severe weather strikes, you might be wondering where to go for a safe haven.

Bridgestone Arena is one of the city’s marquee buildings and it has served as a shelter for severe weather on several occasions. Click here for a closer look at Bridgestone Arena policies and procedures.

“The tornadoes that came through town in ’97 or ’98, we were having a job fair inside. We actually opened up our doors [and] let people who were on downtown Broadway come in. Everybody came down to the event level [and] stayed away from the glass during those tornadoes,” said Senior Vice President of Booking David Kells.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

Whether there is an event in progress, or an empty stadium on a night off, the staff at the Bridgestone Arena is ready to act at a moment’s notice.

News 2’s Joe Leadingham caught up with Vice President of Event Operations David Chadwell, who showed him how officials would get people to safety in the first few minutes of an emergency.

According to Chadwell, ushers will direct people upstairs in the arena from their seats before directing them down the concourse to the nearest stairwell.

Click here for a closer look at Bridgestone Arena policies and procedures.

In the event of an emergency, like a tornado, a flood, or any kind of severe weather, it would be hard to find a safer place then Bridgestone Arena since it can hold more than 20,000 people underground.

While Bridgestone Arena is already considered one of Nashville’s safest places, it is expected to become official after it makes a bid to become certified by the National Weather Service.

Click here to view additional coverage of our News 2 StormTracker: Family Safety Day reports.