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Bridgestone Arena is owned by the
Sports Authority of Nashville and
Davidson County and operated by
Powers Management Company, a
subsidiary of the Nashville Predators
National Hockey League franchise,
which has been its primary tenant
since 1998. The Predators hosted the
NHL Entry Draft here in 2003.
In 1997, it was the venue of the United
States Figure Skating Association
national championships, and in 2004
hosted the U.S. Gymnastics
championships. It was the home of the Nashville Kats franchise of the Arena
Football League from 1997 until 2001, and hosted the team's revival from 2005 to
2007, when the Kats folded.
The venue has also hosted numerous concerts and religious gatherings, and some
major basketball events, including both men's (2001, 2006, 2010) and women's
tournaments of the Southeastern Conference and the Ohio Valley Conference.
Since 2002, it has also hosted a PBR Built Ford Tough Series bull riding event
every year (except in 2005 and 2006). The event moved to this venue in 2002 after
having previously occupied the Municipal Auditorium from 1994 to 2001; during
the venue's first year hosting this event, the Built Ford Tough Series was known as
the Bud Light Cup.
In odd-numbered years, the arena was regularly one of eight sites to host the first
and second rounds of the men's NCAA Basketball Tournament for the first ten
years of its existence, though it has been taken out of the rotation through at least
2011, partly due to the obsolete octagonal mid-1990s-style scoreboard that hung
above the arena floor. It was replaced in the summer of 2007 by a new $5 million
scoreboard and digital control room. In July 2001, the arena hosted the
International Convention and Contests of the Barbershop Harmony Society, with
the quartet Michigan Jake and the chorus New Tradition taking home gold medals.
The center once again hosted these contests in July 2008.