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Bridgestone Arena will remain the name of Nashville’s arena through 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Bridgestone Arena will remain the name of Nashville’s downtown arena through 2019.

The Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Americas Inc. announced Thursday a five-year extension of naming rights for the arena.

Besides Predators’ games, the arena is used for the annual Country Music Association awards show, basketball tournaments, concerts and other events.

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It opened in 1996 as the Nashville Arena, then it was renamed the Gaylord Entertainment Center and Sommet Center.

Bridgestone Americas is based in Nashville.