If you’re looking for a major concert experience in Nashville, you’ll want to head to Bridgestone Arena (formerly the Sommet Center). With a location right on Broadway and just a block away from the “Lower Broad” strip, you can even keep your music adventure going if you so choose by stepping out the front doors directly into Music City's biggest party.
Completed in 1996, the building hosts some of the world’s biggest touring acts including names like Paul McCartney, Elton John, Garth Brooks, Bon Jovi, and of course all of Nashville’s biggest country stars. The arena is also home to the CMA Awards, country music’s biggest awards show.
With stadium style tiered seats, great acoustics, and VIP experiences like the Lexus Lounge and suites, Bridgestone is completely equipped for an epic concert experience. Also adding to their amenities is the fact that the arena is Certified Sensory Inclusive, meaning that patrons can obtain sensory bags containing noise cancelling head phones, fidget tools, and weighted lap blankets, as well as the use of a sensory room.
As with any large arena, there are multiple concession stands and restrooms on every floor, and access to other floors is generally gained by escalator, with elevators and accessible arena entrances also available. Parking is available either in their dedicated parking garage, or in one of many additional paid lots in the area (the nearby Music City Center garage is a great choice if you don’t want to pay outrageous prices for parking). Bridgestone Arena is consistently ranked in the top 5 in the U.S. in ticket sales, and has also received the arena of the year award. Oh, and just an FYI —if you’re also a hockey fan, you may be interested to know that the arena floor is covered in a layer of ice for Nashville Predators hockey season.
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