In their quest to improve the overall experience of the patrons who pass through their doors, the Bridgestone Arena brass decided it was time to improve upon their fans’ game or concert night by improving both the number and variety of concession options available throughout the building.
And being situated in the heart of downtown, several of the new options have a very southern, and even more specifically, a very Nashville feel to them.
At seemingly every event they have been to, fans have always been able to get stadium or arena staples like hot dogs or popcorn. But recognizing that the visitors to their arena desired things outside of these staples inspired the Predators and their food partners at Delaware North to reach beyond what was normal in coming up with new choices to tempt the ticketholders’ palate.
The arena held a walk-through and taste test event for members of the Nashville media Wednesday afternoon at Bridgestone’s 501 Club while the Predators wrapped up their morning practice on the ice surface below.
“When the people come into the arena, they are looking for a total experience,” Chef Wade said before introducing the new items. “A major part of any sporting event is the food (component). We take that very seriously here.”
Part of the inspiration for the new items was a wish to bring scratch made items using fresh ingredients, and that can be a challenge when you are trying to feed upwards of 17,000 people over the course of several hours.
What follows is a tour of some of the new offerings.