Redevelopment Of Bridgestone Arena Could Include Permanent Outdoor Stage, Storefronts

Bridgestone Arena. Nashville.gov

Bridgestone Arena. Nashville.gov

Bridgestone Arena may undergo a major redevelopment, according to Nashville Public Radio.

Arena executives and the Metro Sports Authority have met with design firm Popolous’ consultant Adam Stover, who helped design the new Yankee Stadium.

Among the ideas they are considering: constructing a permanent outdoor bandstage on the Bridgestone Arena’s plaza, creating storefronts along Broadway, and building a multi-use structure atop the current parking garage.

“Nothing is off the table right now,” Stover said.

A major redevelopment would follow similar overhauls happening around downtown Nashville, including the $400 million redevelopment of Nashville’s former convention center, which will include retail and residential buildings.

The Bridgestone Arena was built in 1997 by HOK Sports Facilities Group of Kansas City, Missouri, the same group that designed Nashville LP Field. Cost of construction was $144 million.

The facility currently includes a seating capacity of approximately 20,000 for concerts, 18,500 for basketball, and 17,500 for ice hockey. There are also 72 luxury suites in the arena.

Along with tours and sporting events, the venue has hosted the CMA Awards, the CMT Music Awards and the All For The Hall annual benefit concerts.

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