Nashville, Tenn. (March 7, 2022) – The Nashville Predators in partnership with the Nashville LGBT Chamber and Nashville Pride will host the 7th Annual Predators Pride Night presented by SmileDirectClub during the game on April 12 at 7 p.m. against the San Jose Sharks. The Nashville LGBT Chamber will host a Pride Plaza Party event on the Bridgestone Arena Main Plaza prior to the game featuring Chamber member businesses Dell Technologies, The Big Drag Bus, LaMarvelous Balloons, Nashville Pride, and more.
“Every year the Predators raise the bar on what Pride Night entails and how inclusive they are towards the community,” Said Joe Woolley, CEO of the Nashville LGBT Chamber. “From the players to the staff, to the fans, hockey is for everyone when the Predators celebrate pride.”
The night will feature a national anthem performance by LGBTQ+ choir Nashville In Harmony with Ford Band Stage performances by Shelly Fairchild during both intermissions. Predators players will also use special rainbow pride tape on their sticks during warmups showing that Hockey is for Everyone. LGBTQ+ police, fire, and military highlights will also occur during the game. LGBTQ+ community members will be featured throughout the night, including the Mayor of Smashville, Fan Captain, Hunt Brothers Fan of the Game, Rally Towel Waver, and Zamboni riders.
"We are proud to partner with the LGBT Chamber of Commerce and support the league's 'Hockey is for Everyone' initiative," said Sean Henry, Nashville Predators President and CEO. "The Nashville Predators organization is dedicated to driving positive social change and fostering inclusive communities in SMASHVILLE. We truly believe that hockey is for everyone.”
Player-signed pride jerseys and hockey sticks with rainbow tape will be auctioned off online (text Preds to 76278) and can be viewed in person at the Preds Foundation area outside of sections 106-107 at Bridgestone Arena. The Foundation Auction will go live on the morning of Monday, April 11. Proceeds from the jerseys and sticks will benefit the Oasis Center’s Just Us program and the Nashville LGBT Chamber Foundation.
Fans can purchase a Pride Night ticket package, which includes a limited-edition Pride Night t-shirt, at www.Nashvillepredators.com/Pride. More exclusive Predators Pride Items are available for purchase on the Nashville Predators Pride store https://predspride.orderpromos.com/
ABOUT THE NASHVILLE LGBT CHAMBER
The Nashville LGBT Chamber advocates, educates, and connects on behalf of their individual, small business, corporate, and nonprofit members who share the values of promoting equality and diversity in business and society. The LGBT Chamber works to connect its members and the LGBTQ+ community to information and opportunities to help them succeed. More info at nashvillelgbtchamber.org
ABOUT THE NASHVILLE PREDATORS FOUNDATION EMPOWERED BY SMILEDIRECTCLUB
The Predators Foundation has partnered with Nashville-based SmileDirectClub in an ongoing effort to meet educational, social, health and cultural needs throughout Nashville and Middle Tennessee. The Predators Foundation is devoted to using its platform and influence from its affiliation with professional sports to serve the needs of the community by offering unique resources and financial support to local youth-oriented organizations. Since its inception in 1998, the Predators Foundation has awarded over $8 million in grants to the greater Nashville community. During the 2020-21 season, the Nashville Predators, Bridgestone Arena, Ford Ice Centers and Predators Foundation contributed over $4 million in cash and in-kind gifts throughout the Nashville community and surrounding areas. To learn more about the Nashville Predators Foundation empowered by SmileDirectClub and to see a list of upcoming events, visit NashvillePredators.com/Foundation.