Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Fans Get to Meet the Predators

Over 2,000 season ticket holders came to meet and interact with the Predators at Bridgestone Arena. The annual Meet the Team event had several new features that allowed the fans to interact with the players.

Fans were treated to an opportunity to get items signed by the players, which has been a standard feature of this event. New to the event this year were opportunities to have photos taken with various players and play foosball or air hockey with members of the team. Here are some photos from the event:

Fans had an opportunity to step onto the ice and take some shots at the net

This year, players were stationed at several tables around the inside of the arena to sign autographs. Here is Hal Gill, Gabriel Bourque, and Shea Weber 

Roman Josi, Sergei Kostitsyn, and Marty Erat meet the fans

If you look closely at the far side of the arena, you can see the line to get to the station that had Weber, Gill, and Bourque

David Legwand, Brandon Yip, and Craig Smith sign items for the fans

Nick Spaling plays air hockey with a fan

Jonathan Blum plays air hockey with a young Predators fan

Ryan Ellis on the foosball table

Fans had an opportunity to have their picture made with various players. Here is a fan with Mike Fisher

Fans in line to get their picture taken with Mike Fisher

Gnash is always a fan favorite

Scott Hannan and Rich Clune had their pictures with fans made in the penalty box

Chris Mason in the photo booth

Patric Hornqvist and Matt Halischuk having their pictures made with a fan

The Predators radio team of Tom Callahan, left, and Stu Grimson, right, with Predators public address announcer Paul McCann

It was interesting to watch the players interact with the fans. These guys seemed relaxed and genuinely enjoying the experience. Watching Nick Spaling, Jonathan Blum, and Ryan Ellis at the various games, it struck me how much fun the players and fans were having and how down to earth the players are as people. We in Nashville are fortunate to have a team that is built with quality individuals.

Kudos to the Predators for doing some different things to freshen up this event. The opportunity to play games and have pictures taken with the players was new this year, and fans that I spoke with really enjoyed the chance to have the personal contact with the players. 

Congratulations to the Predators for making this event a memorable and fun time.

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