It’s a great relationship, and one now scheduled to last until 2025, as Bridgestone Arena naming rights were extended by the Nashville Predators (NHL) and Bridgestone Americas for five more years.
The announcement today was in conjunction with Bridgestone Americas official grand opening of its Americas headquarters. Terms of the Bridgestone Arena naming rights extension were not released. It’s an accelerated extension for the pair: the previous five-year deal, signed in 2015, was not scheduled to end until 2020.
“Bridgestone is a proud supporter of the Nashville Predators, and it continues to be a great source of pride for our company and our teammates to have the arena bear our name,” said Bridgestone Americas President and CEO Gordon Knapp in a press statement. “Now that our new headquarters building is located across the street from the arena, there’s even more of a connection to our city and pro hockey team. Like the rest of the world, we’ve witnessed the success of both the arena and the Preds, and we are excited to continue our partnership with a local landmark that has helped transform downtown Nashville into one of the top destinations in the country. We look forward to keeping the Bridgestone brand front and center with so many passionate fans of sport, music and the countless other world-class entertainment events hosted by this celebrated venue.”
“We’re ecstatic to extend our valuable partnership with Bridgestone to ensure the home of the Predators, and one of the greatest venues in North America, continues to be Bridgestone Arena,” said Sean Henry, Chief Executive Officer and President, Nashville Predators, in a press release. “As the Predators gain more traction as a household sports franchise and Bridgestone Arena strengthens its position as a dynamic, must-visit site, it’s only fitting that we also bolster our relationship with a world-renowned manufacturing and innovation leader who shares our commitment to the Nashville community.”