Downtown Nashville watch party plans announced by mayor, city officials

The Nashville Predators and the Pittsburgh Penguins take the ice before Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – As the battle for the Stanley Cup Final heats up, and fans descend on downtown Nashville for both the annual CMA Music Fest and to show their Preds Pride, the city has announced plans to host watch parties for Games 5 and 6.

On Thursday night, a watch party will be held at the Bridgestone Arena. Tickets are available for $15 though Ticketmaster. All ticket sales will benefit the Nashville Predators Foundation and around 5,000 tickets are still available.

In addition to the indoor viewing party Thursday, the city will also host an outdoor party on Broadway between Fourth and Seventh avenues featuring two giant screens. One screen will be set up at Fourth Avenue, while the other will be placed between Fifth and Sixth avenues. The site opens at 5 p.m.

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“Nashville is not only going to make history on the ice by bringing home the Stanley Cup, but we are making history by setting the gold standard for fan participation both inside and outside the Bridgestone Arena,” Mayor Barry said.

The puck drops Thursday in Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. The series is tied 2-2.

On Sunday, Nashville will spread the Preds party over three areas of downtown, including, Broadway, Walk of Fame Park and Ascend Amphitheater as the CMA Music Festival wraps up. Three giant screens will be placed on Broadway, which will be closed from Fourth Avenue to Seventh Avenue.

Large screens will also be set up at Ascend Amphitheater and Walk of Fame Park. Walk of Fame Park will open to Preds fans after CMA Music Fest activities are over on Sunday.

Game 6 will be at the Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Upwards of 50,000 people have congregated downtown to watch the Predators on large screens during the playoffs.

Gnash is expected to make appearances at the parties. Food trucks and drinks will also be for sale.

Attendees are invited to bring blankets, collapsible chairs and bags no larger than 12”x12”. Coolers, backpacks and large bags will not be permitted. For a complete list of house rules, click here. visitmusiccity.com/NashvillePredators.

The CMA Music Festival kicks off in downtown Nashville Thursday and continues through Sunday.