Originally written on Inside Smashville  |  Last updated 10/10/11

Nashville, Tenn. (October 10, 2011) – The Nashville Predators kick off their home season this Thursday, Oct. 13 when they take on the Phoenix Coyotes (7 p.m. on SportSouth – Comcast channel 284 HD, 102.5 The Game) at Bridgestone Arena. The fun begins Thursday at 4 p.m. when all Nashville Predators players, coaches and broadcasters walk the gold carpet with select season ticketholders. After the carpet walk, a plaza party begins, boasting a live band, drumline, snow blowers, concessions, inflatable games, photo opportunities, appearances by GNASH and the Preds dancers, on-site visits from 102.5 The Game, 102.9 The Buzz and 107.5 The River and more. Those in attendance at that evening’s game will receive a free opening night t-shirt courtesy of Nissan.

Saturday, Oct. 15 before the Preds face off against the New Jersey Devils (7 p.m. on 102.5 The Game), another great Smashville plaza party kicks off at 4:30 p.m. with live music, chalk art, snow blowers, street hockey, appearances by GNASH and the Preds dancers, photo opportunities and much more. Those in attendance at Saturday’s game will receive a free magnetic calendar courtesy of O’Charley’s.

WHAT:         Nashville Predators home opening weekend

WHEN:          Thursday, Oct. 13 vs. Phoenix Coyotes (red carpet at 4 p.m., doors open at approx 5 p.m. puck drops at 7 p.m.)                   Saturday, Oct. 15 vs. New Jersey Devils  (plaza party at 4:30 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m., puck drops at 7 p.m. )

WHERE:         Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway)

NOTES:         Limited tickets for Thursday and Saturday night are still available and can be purchased by visiting nashvillepredators.com, ticketmaster.com or by calling 615-770-PUCK (7825).

Looking to win tickets? Be on the lookout for some exciting Smashville activities throughout the week via Preds social media (facebook.com/nashvillepredators and Twitter @PredsNHL).

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