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Bridgestone Arena

Bridgestone Arena was a transformative project in which we pioneered the use of parametric modeling and advanced project delivery through Tekla.

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Project Details

Project Partners
Populous & HFR Design
The Sports Authority
Nashville, Tennessee
Completion Date
750,000 ft²
LEED Gold Certification
Seating Capacity
Nashville Predators - NHL
Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Courtesy Wikimedia
Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Nicolas Henderson/Flickr

Downtown Nashville’s Centerpiece

Bridgestone Arena serves as home to the NHL Nashville Predators and has hosted Men’s NCAA, SEC and Men’s and Women’s OVC tournaments along with a variety of concerts and community events. The 750,000-square-foot arena offers flexibility to accommodate civic and entertainment events, including a rehearsal hall, exhibit space and meeting rooms.

We provided structural design services to Populous and HFR Design for the arena, which was completed in 1996.


  • To arrive at the distinctive roof design, which slopes downward longitudinally to minimize volume, we analyzed the eight stages of construction to minimize shoring during erection.
  • A series of economical structural systems to frame the building’s unique icons includes the 22-story spotlight shaped visitor center/icon tower.
  • The structure achieved LEED Gold certification under the LEED Core and Shell Pilot Program and uses 40% less water than a typical commercial building of this size.