Attendance for Nashville Predators NHL playoffs games increased to 12,135
Attendance allowed for Predators games at Bridgestone Arena for the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be 12,135. That number represents approximately 70% of the arena's capacity.
The Predators, Metro Public Health Department and the National Hockey League reached an agreement to increase the attendance from 40%, where it currently is due to COVID-19. The increase was announced Monday.
Additionally, in accordance with the city’s updated guidelines, future non-hockey events will be permitted to operate at full capacity.
Mayor John Cooper announced in April that COVID-19 capacity limitations in Nashville will be lifted as of May 14.
The Predators clinched a playoff berth by defeating Carolina 3-1 on Saturday at Bridgestone Arena.
The Predators will face Carolina in a best-of-seven round 1 series in the playoffs. Additional playoff details, including a full first-round schedule, ticket information and more, will be made available this week.
“On the tail of the amazing stretch of hockey that secured our team’s spot in the 2021 Playoffs, this capacity increase will take what is already an amazing atmosphere to the next level as we continue our pursuit of the Stanley Cup,” Predators President & CEO Sean Henry said in a release.
"Since the very onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the Metro Public Health Department and the NHL have been instrumental throughout the process of gradually welcoming back our fans, and thanks to SMASHVILLE’s committed adherence to all health and safety protocols, we will continue increasing our capacity until we can once again come together with 17,159 of the best fans in sports for every single game,” Henry said.
The NHL has allowed this capacity increase for hockey games based on a calibration of outside air flow requirements used uniformly throughout the League to determine venue capacities for the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
To meet this requirement, Bridgestone Arena will supplement its existing HVAC system with three additional air conditioning units. While creating an air-flow environment approximate to that of the outdoors, the use of these added air conditioning units will also serve to maintain optimal ice quality conditions despite climbing temperatures and humidity levels.
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