- One ticket to the Hot Wing Face Off, hosted by the Nashville Predators
- When: Saturday, July 26, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Where: Bridgestone Arena
- $30 for one ticket to the Hot Wing Face Off, plus one voucher to a Predators home game during the upcoming regular season (a $35 value)
- $35 for one ticket to the Hot Wing Face Off with a souvenir cup and unlimited fountain drinks, plus one voucher to a Predators home game during the upcoming regular season (a $7 value for the cup; a $42 total value)
Game vouchers are valid for one ticket to any Monday–Thursday home game through November 2014; see the schedule.
Hot Wing Face Off
On Saturday, competition will heat up inside the home of the Nashville Predators—only it won’t involve a hockey game. During the Hot Wing Face Off, some of the area’s top wing restaurants descend upon Bridgestone Arena to determine which hot wing deserves the title as Nashville’s best.
This year’s competition will feature a number of different participants, including Bolton’s Spicy Chicken and Fish, Sam’s Sports Grill, and Brother Z’s Wang Shack. Throughout the event, you can nosh on unlimited wings and wash them all down with beer and fountain drinks. Once properly nourished, you’ll be able to voice your opinion by voting for the day’s best wing or starting a recycling campaign to use the discarded wing bones as replacement hockey skate blades.
On October 7, 2000, the Predators opened the season with a two-game series against the Pittsburgh Penguins just outside Tokyo, Japan. The series drew the largest crowds ever to witness hockey in the nation’s history.
But just two years prior, Nashville was the new kid on the NHL block. One of the final pieces of a massive expansion effort during the 1990s, the Predators became the 27th franchise in NHL history when they skated to a 1–0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on October 10, 1998. Like many new organizations and racehorses with four left hooves, Nashville stumbled out of the gate, missing the playoffs in each of its first five seasons. That futility came to a sudden halt in 2003-04, when the Predators made their first of four straight postseason appearances, and then backed that stretch up with three straight playoff berths from 2009–12.