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As first reported by The Tennessean on Saturday and then confirmed at a public event this morning, the formerly named Hickory Hollow Mall will soon become the Nashville Predators’ official practice facility.
The Global Mall at the Crossings (the new name of the mall) will house two ice rinks and become just the third ice skating facility in Middle Tennessee. Despite 16 high school hockey teams in Middle Tennessee, the area has only had two facilities for them to play on: A-Game Sportsplex in Franklin and Centennial Sportsplex located downtown near Vanderbilt and The Parthenon. Four sheets of ice divided by 16 schools, the Jr. Preds program, figure skating lessons, public skates and private parties doesn’t leave a whole lot of flexibility to fit in a decent sized season. An effort to remedy that happened today.
Mayor Karl Dean was also on hand for the big announcement.
“They should really be commended for all they do,” he said of the Predators. “Offering free beginn...