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Sommet Center


Location 501 Broadway
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Opened 1996
Owner Sports Authority of Nashville and Davidson County
Operator Powers Management Company (a subsidiary of the Nashville Predators)
Architect HOK Sport
Former names
Nashville Arena (1996-1999), (2007)
Gaylord Entertainment Center (GEC) (1999-2007)
Tenants
Nashville Predators (NHL) (1998-present)
Nashville Kats (AFL) (1997-2001, 2005-present)
Capacity
Basketball: 19,395
Hockey: 17,113
Concert: 20,000 (end stage); 10,000 (half-house)
Theatre: 5,145 (as the Music City Theater)

Sommet Center (formerly Nashville Arena and Gaylord Entertainment Center and pronounced soh-MAY') is an all-purpose venue in downtown Nashville, Tennessee which was completed in 1996. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 842 KB) Summary Gaylord Entertainment Center interior, as viewed from Section 303, during the Nashville Predators 2-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks during the 2005-06 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 30, 2006. ... Nickname: Location in Davidson County and the state of Tennessee Coordinates: Country United States State Tennessee Counties Davidson County Founded: 1779 Incorporated: 1806 Government  - Mayor Bill Purcell (D) Area  - City  526. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... The Nashville Predators are a professional ice hockey team based in Nashville, Tennessee. ... HOK Sport + Venue + Event, a division of Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum, is an architectural practice specializing in the design of public assembly spaces and planning of major special events. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the CE era. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the CE era. ... The Nashville Predators are a professional ice hockey team based in Nashville, Tennessee. ... “NHL” redirects here. ... This page is for the current Nashville Kats, which began play in the Arena Football League in 2005. ... The Arena Football League (AFL) was founded in 1987 as an American football indoor league. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... A classical music concert in the Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne 2005 A concert is a live performance, usually of music, before an audience. ... Serge Sudeikins poster for the Bat Theatre (1922). ... Nickname: Location in Davidson County and the state of Tennessee Coordinates: Country United States State Tennessee Counties Davidson County Founded: 1779 Incorporated: 1806 Government  - Mayor Bill Purcell (D) Area  - City  526. ... See also: 1995 in sports, other events of 1996, 1997 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Dale Jarrett won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Terry Labonte Rusty Wallace wins the Suzuka NASCAR Thunder 100 at Suzuka City November 24, the first NASCAR...

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Ownership and usage

Sommet Center is owned by the Sports Authority of Nashville and Davidson County and operated by Powers Management Company, a subsidiary of the Nashville Predators National Hockey League franchise, which has been its primary tenant since 1998. In 1997, it was the host venue of the United States Figure Skating Association national championships, and in 2004 hosted the U.S. Gymnastics championships. It was the home of the Nashville Kats franchise of the Arena Football League from 1997 until 2001, and has hosted the team's revival since 2005. The venue has also hosted numerous concerts and religious gatherings, and some major basketball events, including both men's (2001, 2006, 2010) and women's tournaments of the Southeastern Conference and the Ohio Valley Conference. In odd-numbered years, The arena was regularly one of eight sites to host the first and second rounds of the men's NCAA Basketball Tournament for the first ten years of its existence, though it has been taken out of the rotation through at least 2011, partly due to its octagonal mid-1990s-style scoreboard, which is obsolete by today's standards (it is scheduled to be replaced by a new $5 million scoreboard and digital control room in summer 2007).[1] The Nashville Predators are a professional ice hockey team based in Nashville, Tennessee. ... “NHL” redirects here. ... // Stock car racing: Dale Earnhardt won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Jeff Gordon NASCAR celebrates its 50th anniversary Indy Racing League - Indianapolis 500 - Eddie Cheever CART Racing - Alex Zanardi won the season championship Formula One Championship - Mika Häkkinen of Finland 24 hours of Le Mans: won by the team... See also: 1996 in sports, other events of 1997, 1998 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Jeff Gordon is the youngest driver ever to win the Daytona 500 on February 16 NASCAR Championship - Jeff Gordon Indy Racing League - Indianapolis 500 - Arie Luyendyk... Figure skating is an ice skating sporting event where individuals, mixed couples, or groups perform spins, jumps, and other moves on the ice, often to music. ... // On January 28, International Olympic Committee Vice-President Kim Un-yong is arrested on charges of corruption in Seoul. ... Gymnastics is a sport involving the performance of sequences of movements requiring physical strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, and kinesthetic awareness, such as handsprings, handstands, split leaps, aerials and cartwheels. ... This page is for the current Nashville Kats, which began play in the Arena Football League in 2005. ... The Arena Football League (AFL) was founded in 1987 as an American football indoor league. ... See also: 2000 in sports, other events of 2001, 2002 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Michael Waltrip won the Daytona 500, a race that also saw the death of seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt in an unspectacular crash during the... // Athletics Mens 100 metres - Asafa Powell of Jamaica sets a new world record of 9. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is a college athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama which operates in the southeastern part of the United States. ... The Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) is a College Athletic Conference which operates in the midwestern and southeastern United States. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1,200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ...


Seating capacity

Sommet Center has a seating capacity of 17,113 for ice hockey, approximately 20,000 for basketball, 10,000 for half-house concerts, 18,500 for end-stage concerts and 20,000 for center-stage concerts, depending on the configuration used. It has also hosted several professional wrestling events since its opening. Seating capacity refers to the number of people who can be seated in a specific space, either in terms of the space available, or in terms of limitations set by law. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... A concert comprises a performance, usually involving some degree of formality, and particularly a performance featuring music. ...


The seating configuration is notable for the oddly-shaped south end, which features two large round roof support columns, no mid-level seating, and only one level of suites, bringing the upper level seats much closer to the floor.


The arena can be converted into the 5,145-seat Music City Theater, used for theater concerts and Broadway and family shows, by placing a stage at the north end of the arena floor and hanging a curtain behind the stage and another to conceal the upper deck. The arena also features 43,000 square feet of space in a trade show layout. Broadway theatre[1] is the most prestigious form of professional theatre in the U.S., as well as the most well known to the general public and most lucrative for the performers, technicians and others involved in putting on the shows. ...


Naming rights

GEC logo

The arena's original name when opened in 1996 was Nashville Arena.[2] In 1999, the arena was renamed Gaylord Entertainment Center (GEC) after a 20 year, US$80 million naming rights contract was signed between the Predators and Nashville-based Gaylord Entertainment Company.[3] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Gaylord Entertainment Company operates a number of hotel, resort, and media companies. ...


In February 2005, it was announced that the Predators and Gaylord had reached an agreement terminating any further involvement between them, and that the Gaylord name would remain on the building only until a new purchaser could be found for the naming rights. As a result, many in the Nashville media quickly reverted to calling the facility by its original name, the Nashville Arena. With the beginning of the 2006 season, the Predators began referring to the arena by its original name as well. In doing so, the team replaced the "Gaylord Entertainment Center" wordmark on the center ice circle with the original "Nashville Predators" wordmark from the inaugural season. The "Gaylord Entertainment Center" name, however, was still displayed on the building's exterior signage at this point. February 2005 : ← - January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December - → Pope John Paul II is taken to a hospital suffering from a serious case of influenza. ... Naming rights are the right to name a piece of property, either tangible property or an event, usually granted in exchange for financial considerations. ...


On March 16, 2007 the facility was officially renamed the Nashville Arena again and all Gaylord signage was removed from the building's exterior. [4] March 16 is the 75th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (76th in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the CE era. ...


On May 18, 2007, Sommet Group (pronounced soh-MAY'), a Franklin, Tennessee-based collection of companies whose services include human resources administration, payroll processing, insurance and risk management bought the naming rights to the arena, and it became known as Sommet Center. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.[5][6] The company had previously been the corporate title sponsor for the Predators during the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs. May 18 is the 138th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (139th in leap years). ... Franklin is a city in Williamson County, Tennessee, USA. The population was 41,842 at the 2000 census, and as of 2007, the population is at 48,593. ...


References

  1. ^ http://tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070112/SPORTS02/701120420/1328/SPORTS
  2. ^ http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-55346558.html
  3. ^ http://tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070518/SPORTS02/705180436/1002
  4. ^ http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com/index.cfm?section_id=9&screen=news&news_id=55008
  5. ^ http://www.nashvillepredators.com/pressbox/news.asp?story_id=1364
  6. ^ http://tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070518/SPORTS02/705180436/1002
  • Cass, Michael. "Predators and Metro have unresolved issue", The Tennessean, 2007-01-11. Retrieved on 2007-01-11. 

http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070518/SPORTS02/705180436/1002 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the CE era. ... January 11 is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • Sommet Center website
Preceded by
first arena
Home of the
Nashville Predators
1998–present
Succeeded by
current

Coordinates: 36°9′32.84″N, 86°46′42.44″W The Nashville Predators are a professional ice hockey team based in Nashville, Tennessee. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...



Nashville athletic venues
Allen Arena | Centennial Sportsplex | Curb Event Center | Ezell Park | Gentry Center | Hawkins Field
Herschel Greer Stadium | LP Field | Memorial Gymnasium | Music City Motorplex | Nashville Municipal Auditorium | Sommet Center | Vanderbilt Stadium
Former: McQuiddy Gym | Striplin Gym | Sulphur Dell
Proposed: First Tennessee Field (canceled)
Nickname: Location in Davidson County and the state of Tennessee Coordinates: Country United States State Tennessee Counties Davidson County Founded: 1779 Incorporated: 1806 Government  - Mayor Bill Purcell (D) Area  - City  526. ... This facility is not to be confused with the Allen Fieldhouse at the University of Kansas. ... The Curb Event Center is a multipurpose arena on the campus of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. ... Ezell Park is a soccer specific-stadium based in Nashville, Tennessee. ... Gentry Complex is a 10,500-seat multi-purpose arena in Nashville, Tennessee. ... Hawkins Field is a baseball stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. ... Greer Stadium as viewed down the first base line. ... LP Field is a football stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, used primarily as the home stadium of the NFLs Tennessee Titans, but also used by Tennessee State University. ... Memorial Gymnasium is a multi-purpose facility located in Nashville, Tennessee. ... Music City Motorplex is a NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series racetrack located at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds near downtown Nashville, Tennessee. ... The Nashville Municipal Auditorium was the primary indoor sports venue in Nashville, Tennessee from the time of its completion in 1962 until the completion of what is now the Gaylord Entertainment Center in 1996. ... Dudley Field redirects here, for information on the El Paso stadium. ... Striplin Gym was a 2,500 seat multi-purpose arena in Nashville, Tennessee. ... Sulphur Dell is the name of a former Minor League Baseball park in Nashville, Tennessee. ... First Tennessee Field is the name of a minor league baseball stadium under construction in Nashville, Tennessee. ...

Current arenas in the National Hockey League
Western Conference Eastern Conference
American Airlines Center | General Motors Place | HP Pavilion | Honda Center | Jobing.com Arena | Joe Louis Arena | Nationwide Arena | Pengrowth Saddledome | Pepsi Center | Rexall Place | Scottrade Center | Sommet Center | Staples Center | United Center | Xcel Energy Center Air Canada Centre | BankAtlantic Center | Bell Centre | Continental Airlines Arena | HSBC Arena | Madison Square Garden | Mellon Arena | Nassau Coliseum | Philips Arena | RBC Center | St. Pete Times Forum | Scotiabank Place | TD Banknorth Garden | Verizon Center | Wachovia Center
Current arenas in the Arena Football League
American Conference National Conference
Allstate Arena | EnergySolutions Arena | HP Pavilion | Orleans Arena | Pepsi Center | Sommet Center | Staples Center | US Airways Center | Van Andel Arena American Airlines Center | Amway Arena | Frank Erwin Center | Kemper Arena | Nassau Coliseum | Nationwide Arena | New Orleans Arena | Philips Arena | St. Pete Times Forum | Wachovia Center1 | Wachovia Spectrum2
1The Philadelphia Soul play Sunday home games at the Wachovia Center.
2The Philadelphia Soul play Saturday home games at the Wachovia Spectrum.

 
 

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