Nashville Predators Hockey Is BACK!… Plus, A Few Rules Changes

nashville_predators_preparty.jpg Yay… Hockey is back! And I, for one, cannot WAIT to go to some Nashville Predators hockey games this season.

I’m not a diehard hockey fan… but close.

I wasn’t crushed that the hockey season was called off last year… more bummed.

However, once the cold winter months arrived in Nashville last year, THAT’s when I really felt the impact of “no hockey”.

So I’m thrilled that there’s gonna be NHL hockey this year, but with a few changes… Here are some of the new rule changes for the 2005/2006 hockey season. Should make for a more interesting game!


2005-06 NHL Hockey Rule Changes

Welcome to Smashville - NHL hockey headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee.

Kinda Makes You Go Hmmmm…

It’s always been interesting to me that some of the most brutal, elbow-punching, head-butting, stick-waving, toothless men in sports are also some of the NICEST, most generous, community-oriented, family men in town.

I don’t know if it’s like this in ALL cities with a pro hockey team or not, but Nashville’s Barry Trotz is a coach who sets a great example for his team in terms of going above and beyond for local charities and being there for the kids in this community.

Nashville Predators hockey pucks.The Nashville Predators players have always been very approachable and well-respected sportsmen around here.

These guys are all a bunch of teddy bears in “real” life (more like “gentle giants” — especially to the kids in the community). Which is probably one of the things I like best about hockey: the interesting dichotomy of a hockey player’s vengeful attitude on the ice, compared to his super sweet, well-respected lifestyle off the ice.

So when I sit here thinking of hockey returning to Nashville, I get all warm inside… like it’s winter already and Preds hockey is the roaring fire inside that makes everything alright.

2004 playoff game - the Nashville Predators beat the Detroit Redwings!
Hockey’s back… hockey’s back… hockey’s back… I say, bring it on!

October 5th: First Preds game

CLICK to hear what it sounds like whenever the Nashville Preds score a goal!Hockey Goal Sound (horn)

The Price You Pay For Hockey

Unfortunately, we STILL probably won’t be buying season tickets though… can’t afford it. Ticket prices range from $10 to $85 (per person!), but in the three years we’ve been trying, we can’t ever score a $10 or even an $18 ticket at the GEC.

Nashville Predators hockey tickets from 2001. Believe it or not, our first year in Nashville, Jim “surprised” me with season tickets to the Preds games — at a price of $1,800 for the two of us! (…um, Hello???) And that was only for HALF the season (16 games). Yeah, they were pretty good seats (Sec 103, Row H), but not GREAT seats.

At $55 each per game, whenever we couldn’t attend, we were literally throwing away $110 (…and yes, we missed a few). Fortunately, the Preds have a great ticket exchange program: If you miss a game, just trade in your unused ticket for a different game — their choice, not yours, and you’re usually up in the nosebleed-section. Plus, sometimes those games didn’t fit our schedule either.

April 2004 playoff game - Nashville Predators vs Detroit Redwings.

It’s a good thing that we enjoy watching Preds Hockey on TV just as much as in person. These days, we usually head to a sports bar in town, or simply crank up the volume on our own TV and get our hockey on that way.

Predators Hockey Seating Tips

Nashville Predators hockey seating chart inside the Gaylord Entertainment Center.

  • Watch the Tennessean for last-minute specials on the cheap seats.
  • If you do buy season tickets, consider this: We lucked out by choosing seats 2 and 3 — basically rendering seat #1 useless the entire season, thus we always had a coat rack! The seats in the GEC are CRAMMED close together… and since we both have VERY long legs, this was a huge plus.
  • Seats on the ice actually aren’t that great for viewing the game. They’re good for photo ops and close-up opportunities when things happen right in front of you, but for the most part, you can’t see much of the game — unless you watch the game on the Jumbo-tron overhead, that is.
  • Nashville Predators Fang Club membership card. Section 303 is the rowdiest section in the place! We’ve considered joining “the Preds hockey cult”… maybe NEXT year.
  • Some might consider the Bud Light Party Zone (where a different band plays loud tunes at each game, sections 109-112) the best place to watch a Preds game. Haven’t tried it yet, but those seats come at a price: $85! In my humble opinion, the entire ARENA is a party zone at a Preds game, and you can see the band better from a distance.
  • Keep your eye on the upcoming promotions at Preds games… you might score some fun hockey gear!

Predators Fun Stuff

Give Blood, Play Hockey t-shirts they gave away at a Nashville Predators hockey game.Nashville Predators Wallpaper — check out these high-quality images for use as desktop wallpaper on your computer!

Nashville Predators Screensaver — not just ANY screensaver… this one’s an interactive hockey screensaver!

Nashville Predators Goal Horn — click to hear what it sounds like in the arena whenever the Preds score a goal!

Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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