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Monday, the Nashville Predators held a Summer Festival at Global Mall at the Crossings, formerly known as Hickory Hollow Mall, where fans were invited to enjoy inflatable games, street hockey, special prizes, photo opportunities with a Zamboni, music, face painters and appearances by the Predators Dancers and Gnash, the team mascot.
During the festival, a surprise announcement was made by the city of Nashville and the Nashville Predators that where they were have their festival was going to be the location of Middle Tennessee's third ice hockey rink. The new facility will have two ice sheets and is schedule to be done in August of 2014.
Surprisingly, the city and organization elected to build an ice rink in Antioch, rather than Murfreesboro or Hendersonville, where it is needed most.
The newest addition in the Nashville hockey communitity is planned to be located at the north entrance of Global Mall at the Crossings, where JC Penney's and Steve and Berry's outerwear used to be located. It will take away parking spaces, but that shouldn't be a major issue. It isn't like the mall is packed anyway.
The new rink will facilitate the Predators for practices as well, but Centennial Sportsplex will remain their home. Global Mall at the Crossings is just a short twenty minutes down I-24 from Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville.
Once the rink opens up, it is likely going to be home of youth hockey leagues whether it is house, travel or high school.
Hickory Hollow Mall was once on the list of America's Ten Most Endangered Malls. After the mall completely shut down and all the commerical shopping chains fled, a local community college, Nashville State, moved in. Soon after, major stores like Best Buy and Target were fleeing the town of Antioch as well.
Luckily, a new company bought the mall and changed the name from Hickory Hollow to Global Mall at the Crossings. The new mall reopened May 18 and signed a lease with over sixty stores to move back in.
With the addition of an ice rink in Antioch, it will also drive business back and generate money for those currently there, especially restaurants and hotels.
One issue the city could face however is traffic situation. During rush hour, I-24 and Bell Road, alongside the future rink, is bumper to bumper at times.
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