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Nelson opts for free agency - MLB.com
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com Longtime Brewers farmhand Brad Nelson elected free agency on Friday rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Nashville. Nelson, 26, was hitless in 21 at-bats with the Brewers this season, including an 0-for-14...
Sources: Horne CPA closing Nashville office - Bizjournals.com
Horne was the 20th largest accounting firm in Nashville, with 43 employees, according to Business Journal research. But that number had dropped sharply from the previous year when Horne reported 71 employees and was the 6th largest in Middle Tennessee....
AP Interview: Gore, volunteers target Congress - The Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Al Gore and a band of environmental volunteers are taking the congressional fight over climate change legislation to the home districts of undecided lawmakers. The mission to spur congressional action marks a new phase for The...
Climate change effort comes to Nashville - United Press International
NASHVILLE, May 15 (UPI) -- Former US Vice President Al Gore, at an event in Nashville, has begun his campaign for passage of tough laws to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Gore was joined at the North American Summit by scientists Rajendra Pachauri,...
Simon & Schuster to move Howard Books to Nashville - Monroe News Star
By Greg Hilburn • ghilburn@thenewsstar.com • May 15, 2009 Howard Books, a Christian publishing house in West Monroe for 40 years, is being moved to Nashville by its parent company, Simon & Schuster of New York. The late Alton Howard founded the company...
Scientologists Open Celebrity Centre in Nashville - The Exception Magazine
By Exception Staff | May 15, 2009 Scientologists have opened their first Celebrity Centre in Nashville to cater to the region's musicians and entertainers. L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Scientology religion, once said, "The world is carried on the...
Passenger sues Southwest over texting incident - USA Today
Circuit Court after she says she was thrown off a flight, arrested and falsely imprisoned in Nashville last summer. Norma Steiner, 47, of Saugus, Calif., was on her way home from a two-week trip visiting a friend in St. Augustine, Fla., when things got...
NASHVILLE SKYLINE: Music Industry's Future Parallels That of ... - CMT.com
Any newcomer to Nashville learns the ropes pretty quickly. Songwriters write songs that the record labels want. Artists record songs that the record labels want. Record labels record songs that radio wants. Radio plays songs that the advertisers...
Flyers' Jones has surgery in Nashville - Philadelphia Inquirer
The surgery was performed by Thomas Byrd at Baptist Hospital in Nashville. Jones, who will turn 28 on July 23, is expected to need four to six weeks of recovery time. He missed the first 32 games last season after surgery on the same hip....
Nashville Stars Help Mayor - Pollstar
Who better to give advice to Nashville's Music Business Council than some of Music City's local royalty? Emmylou Harris, Jack White of The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather and every other band in the world, and Kix Brooks of Brooks...

Nashville International Airport

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Nashville International Airport (IATA: BNA, ICAO: KBNA) is an airport in southeastern Nashville, Tennessee. The IATA Airport Code BNA is descended from one of the city's early aviation facilities—Berry Field, NAshville, which was the name of the current facility until 1988, when the name was changed to reflect plans for international flights. The airport has four runways. Berry Field Air National Guard Base is located at Nashville International Airport. The base is home to the 118th Airlift Wing, as well as the headquarters of the Tennessee Air National Guard. The airport is served by MTA bus #18. The Airport handled over 9.6 million passengers in 2006, and Over 73 thousand tons of Cargo in 2006. The Terminal Complex includes a 820,000 square-foot passenger terminal with 47 Air Carrier Gates and up to 78 Commuter Parking Positions. It contributes $3.6 billion in sales and $1.3 billion in wages and more than 39,700 jobs annually to the regional economy. The Airport serves a trade area of 79 counties in Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, and Northern Alabama with a population of over 3 million. Airlines that serve the Airport include: American, American Eagle; American Connection, Continental Express, Delta, Delta Connection, Frontier, Northwest, Northwest Airlink, Skyway/Midwest Express, Southwest, United Express, US Airways, US Airways Express, and Air Canada/Jazz.

The airport first opened in 1937 as Berry Field. It was named after Harry S. Berry, the Tennessee administrator for the Works Progress Administration. It spread along 340 acres (1.4 km2) on Dixie Parkway (now Murfreesboro Road).

During World War II the airfield was used by the United States Army Air Force Air Trransport Command 20th Ferrying Group for movement of new aircraft from the United States to overseas locations.

A much larger terminal opened in 1961 to handle increased air traffic. It was the setting for several scenes in the 1975 Robert Altman film Nashville, and was accessed off Briley Parkway. The current passenger facility on Donelson Pike was opened in 1987, and was designed for a new American Airlines hub. A year later, it was renamed Nashville International Airport/Berry Field to reflect its new status. While it is now very rare to see the "Berry Field" portion used, the airport's IATA code reflects the old name; it is short for Berry Field NAshville.

In 2002, Embraer Aircraft Maintenance Services (EAMS) selected Nashville as the location for it's Regional Airline Support Facility.

Initially, American scheduled 135 flights daily destined for 60 different cities. An international wing was constructed in Concourse A to accommodate Nashville's service to London. However, airline service with American peaked in 1992 and in the years that followed, routes were cut back until eventually American ceased operations in Nashville at the hub status. Though BNA lost American, Southwest quickly filled the void by seizing 47% of the Nashville market and making it a focus city. Nashville International Airport is served by 14 carriers. More than 400 average daily arriving and departing flights operate from 47 air carrier gates. Nashville International provides nonstop air service to 90 markets. BNA averages a total of 589 commercial, general aviation, air taxi, and military flight operations per day. Direct flights are available to 42 domestic destinations and two international.

Nashville International Airport has four concourses, of which only three are actually in use.

This concourse, currently closed by the Metro Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA), was constructed as a ground level commuter terminal for American Eagle. All American Eagle flights operated out of Concourse D until, as a cost cutting measure after 9/11, all American Eagle flights were moved to Concourse C to share gates with American Airlines. For a short period of time, Concourse D was used by Corporate Airlines to operate its own regional flights until it became an American Connection and Continental Connection regional affiliate. Currently, the MNAA has no plans to reopen Concourse D.

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Nashville International Airport takes great pride in showcasing the Middle Tennessee region's visual and performing arts. Arts at the Airport receives funding for the visual arts from the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) and the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC). The Flying Solo Exhibition Series is supported by the MNAA, the TAC, and is funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee.

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Nashville Predators

Nashville Predators

The Nashville Predators are a professional ice hockey team based in Nashville, Tennessee. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). They play their home games at Sommet Center, formerly known as Gaylord Entertainment Center and Nashville Arena.

Hockey first appeared in Middle Tennessee in 1962 in the form of the Eastern Hockey League's Dixie Flyers. One of the first tenants of the Municipal Auditorium, the Dixie Flyers played for nine seasons before folding in 1971. A decade later, Nashville Sounds owner Larry Schmittou made a second attempt at minor league hockey in Nashville when he brought the Nashville South Stars to town for the 1981-82 season. While featuring Bob Suter (Miracle on Ice team member and father of Nashville Predator Ryan Suter) as well as several of the parent club Minnesota North Stars' prospects, the franchise folded after just two seasons. In 1989, the ECHL Nashville Knights, perhaps the most popular of the minor league franchises, came to town. Coached by Predators assistant Peter Horachek, the Knights featured a potent offense that in 1994 set an ECHL record with 16 goals in one game.

In 1995, rumors began to circulate that the New Jersey Devils would be relocating to the planned Nashville Arena. Nashville offered a $20 million relocation bonus to any team that would relocate, and the Devils attempted to terminate their lease with New Jersey before finally restructuring it to stay put.

After the attempt to get the Devils, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman noted that Nashville would probably at least be considered in upcoming expansion..

In January 1997, a group led by Wisconsin businessman Craig Leipold made a formal presentation before the NHL requesting an expansion franchise. When Bettman and league officials visited Nashville to tour the arena, thousands gathered on the Arena plaza to greet them. In June, the league granted conditional franchises to Nashville, Columbus, Atlanta and Minnesota. The Nashville team would be scheduled to begin play in 1998 if they met the NHL requirement of selling 12,000 season tickets before March 31, 1998. Of the four cities, Nashville was the only one with a completed arena, and therefore began play first. A month later, Leipold named former Washington Capitals general manager David Poile as the franchise's first general manager. Portland Pirates head coach Barry Trotz was named the franchise's first head coach on August 6.

On September 25, 1997, Leipold and team president Jack Diller held a press conference where they unveiled the franchise's new logo, a sabertooth cat (Smilodon floridanus). The logo was a reference to a partial Smilodon skeleton found beneath downtown Nashville in 1971, during construction of the First American National Bank building, now the Regions Center (Nashville).

Once the logo was unveiled, the franchise held a vote among fans to choose a name. Three candidates were culled from 75: Ice Tigers, Fury and Attack. Leipold added his own submission to the vote, Predators. On November 13, Leipold revealed at a press conference that his submission had won out and that the new franchise would be known as the Nashville Predators..

As of January, however, the Predators were still at least 6,000 tickets short of the NHL imposed 12,000 season ticket goal. Rumors began to circulate that the team would move before the first puck ever hit the ice. One rumor had Leipold trading franchises with the Edmonton Oilers, with the Oilers moving to Nashville and the Nashville expansion franchise moving to Houston, Texas. Leipold shot this rumor down, "There is no chance"..

When awarded a franchise, the Predators got a very lucrative deal. The city of Nashville paid 31.50% of the $80-million fee to join the league. The city also absorbs operating losses from the arena, despite the fact that the Sommet Center is operated by a subsidiary of the team.

The Predators first took the ice on October 10, 1998, where they lost 1-0 at home to the Florida Panthers. Three nights later, on October 13, they defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3–2 for their first win. Forward Andrew Brunette scored the first goal on a play that was reviewed by the video goal judge.

The Predators, in their first year of existence, finished second-last in the Western Conference with a 28–47–7 record, ahead of the Vancouver Canucks.

The Predators finished with an almost identical record to the previous season (28–47–7–7) and finished last in the West behind the Calgary Flames. During a game versus the New York Islanders on February 20, 2000, the Predators scored four goals in 3 minutes and 38 seconds.

The Predators opened with two games in Japan against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Each team won a game in front of the largest crowds ever to see a hockey game in Japan. Backed by the goaltending duo of Mike Dunham and Tomas Vokoun, Nashville finished the season in tenth place in the West, 10 points out of a playoff spot with a 34–36–9–3 record, for 80 total points.

A highlight of the season for the Predators was recording their 100th victory as a franchise on December 6, 2001. With that win, Nashville became the second-fastest expansion team of the 1990s to reach the 100-win plateau. The team was especially unlucky in overtime, finishing with a 28–41–13–0 record – good for 69 points and a 15th spot in the West.

In 2002–03, coach Barry Trotz broke the record for most games coached by the original coach of an expansion team (392 games). Nashville finished the season with a 27–35–13–7 record for 74 points, putting them well out of contention in the Western Conference in 14 place.

The Predators, under coach Barry Trotz, finished eighth in the Western Conference and made their first trip to the playoffs. The Detroit Red Wings beat them in six games in the quarterfinal.

The 2004–05 season was locked out by a labor dispute between the owners and players.

In 2005–06, the Predators set an NHL record by winning their first four games by one goal each (although two of those were shootout victories, which would have been tie games in previous seasons). They also became only the fourth NHL franchise to start the season 8–0; the last time a team did so was the Toronto Maple Leafs, who set the mark with a 10–0 start in 1993. The Predators set the franchise mark for wins in a season with a 2–0 shutout of the Phoenix Coyotes on March 16, 2006. In that match, Chris Mason became the ninth goaltender to score a goal. By the end of the season, the Predators had accumulated 106 points—their first 100-point season—and clinched home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in team history. They finished the season with an NHL-best 32–8–1 record at home.

In the 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Predators faced the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Quarterfinals. The Sharks beat them in five games.

The Predators acquired veteran center Jason Arnott from free agency on July 2, 2006. Arnott and David Legwand led the team in goals with 27 each. Late in the season the Predators traded two former first round draft picks Scottie Upshall and Ryan Parent, plus their first-round pick and a third-round pick in the 2007 draft, to the Philadelphia Flyers for five-time NHL all-star Peter Forsberg.

The Predators finished the season in fourth place in the Western Conference with 110 points, a franchise record. They were defeated by the San Jose Sharks in the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs Western conference quarter-finals for the second year in a row, losing the series 4 games to 1, for the second straight season.

They had the third best season overall behind the Buffalo Sabres, and the Detroit Red Wings.

After having their roster decimated during the off-season, multiple potential buyers, and rumors of the franchise potentially moving hounding the team until almost mid-season, the Predators were not expected to have a successful year. Chris Mason, former backup goaltender to Tomas Vokoun (who was traded to the Florida Panthers) had a shaky season, and shared net-minding duties with Dan Ellis. Ellis, who was signed from the Dallas Stars before the season began had a 233:39 long shutout streak (fifth longest in league history) nearing the end of the season that helped Nashville squeak into the eighth playoff spot with 91 points.

The Predators met the President's Trophy winning (and eventual Stanley Cup winners) Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the playoffs, and were defeated 4 games to 2 – their fourth straight first round knockout.

On May 23, 2007, Craig Leipold was reported to have reached a tentative agreement to sell the team to the Chairman and Co-CEO of Research In Motion, Jim Balsillie. At the time, Leipold indicated that the team would play the 2007-08 season in Nashville but that the future of the team after that was not clear. Balsillie had long been rumored to be interested in placing another team in Southern Ontario. The deal was expected to be finalized by late-June and had to be finished by June 30, 2007. The proposed re-location site was Hamilton, Ontario, with Balsillie's new company, Golden Horseshoe Sports & Entertainment (named after the portion of Southern Ontario centred around the west-end of Lake Ontario, which is known as the Golden Horseshoe), securing exclusive rights to bring an NHL team to Copps Coliseum, as well as the rights to operate Hamilton Place, the Hamilton Convention Centre, and the associated parking facilities for the next 20 years. Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger stated that Balsillie's intention was to bring an NHL team to Copps in Hamilton, and it was reported that Basillie would invest $140 million into the arena to bring it to modern NHL standards. Relocating to Hamilton, however, may have required compensation to be offered to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres because those teams have territorial rights to the region. Despite rumors to the contrary, it was reported that Kitchener-Waterloo was not being considered as a possible location for the team.

On June 13, it was announced that season ticket deposits for the "Hamilton Predators" would begin to go on sale through Ticketmaster the next day. A source said Balsillie's objective was to show the league's governors that there is a large base of ticket buyers in Southern Ontario. After the drive started, over 13,000 season ticket deposits were sold, including all of the 70 available corporate box deposits, costing $5,000 each. At the time, there were just under 9,000 season ticket holders in Nashville.

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty stated the provincial government was willing to consider offering financial support if the team relocated to Hamilton. Hockey great Wayne Gretzky, a member of the NHL Board of Governors through his ownership of the Phoenix Coyotes, openly supported the team's move to Hamilton, stating that an NHL team in Hamilton would be tremendously successful.

On June 23, information was leaked by several sources indicating that Leipold no longer wanted to sell the Predators to Basillie. Leipold responded indirectly advising that a deal with Basillie was still possible. Mr. Basillie's lawyer, Richard Rodier, was quoted as saying Craig Leipold's letter to the NHL "changed little if anything" in regards to the pending sale and was a mere formality as part of the sale process. Canadian insiders believed that the information and delay tactics may have been because the league did not want a team to move to Canada, something the NHL denies. Meanwhile, at least one NHL governor referred to Basillie as a "clown" for taking deposits in Hamilton without having the ability to move the Predators and after making a joint statement with Liepold that there was no plan to move the club. This continued a pattern established by Balsillie previously when he withdrew his offer to buy the Penguins after promising to keep the team in Pittsburgh with no intention of fulfilling that promise.

On July 19, 2007, a group of local business owners known as Our Team Nashville held a rally at the Sommet Center to encourage fans to buy season tickets in order to help the Predators meet the attendance figures needed to keep the team in Nashville. They drew approx 7,500 fans and sold the equivalent of 726 full season tickets during the rally. The rally was heavily supported by WGFX 104.5 "The Zone" sports radio in Nashville.

On August 1, 2007, the group who had intentions to keep the team in Nashville delivered a letter of intent from Craig Leipold. After protracted negotiations with the city of Nashville, the local group headed by David Freeman reached an agreement with Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, and the NHL Board of Governors approved the sale on November 29, 2007. The $172 million acquisition of the Nashville Predators included repayment of existing debt of approximately $61 million and $2.2 million in fees and expenses.

If by the end of the 2009/10 season, the team loses at least $20 million or more in cash flow and does not average 14,000 per game in average attendance, the team can break its lease with the city of Nashville by paying a $20 million breaking fee. If the team is to be moved or sold, multiple cities could bid hard to attract an NHL team--Hamilton, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Houston, Oklahoma City, Seattle, Winnipeg and Portland, Oregon among others, although subsequent general economic conditions may have a material adverse effect on the interest or ability of individuals to purchase the team. These potential cities could be required to offer exceptional arena deals for an NHL team and face the challenge of trying to deliver a fan base superior to that in Nashville. Changes to the lease with the city that were deemed necessary by the ownership to keep the team viable were eventually passed on April 15th, 2008.

It was widely assumed that Del Biaggio's long term goal remained the ownership of a club in Kansas City whether this team be the Predators, another existing team or an expansion franchise.

In June 2008 Del Biaggio ran into legal trouble over a multitude of unpaid loans, culminating in him filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Furthermore, it is alleged that Del Biaggio acquired the loans he used to buy his stake in the team through fraudulent means, prompting an FBI investigation and criminal charges.

Under United States bankruptcy law a trustee was appointed sell Del Biaggio's assets, including his stake in the Predators to pay off his creditors. One report indicated that, perhaps as a last ditch attempt to avoid bankruptcy Del Biaggio solicited an offer from Balsillie to buy his stake in the team at a "significant premium". That deal was said to have collapsed after the NHL and/or the local group either blocked it outright or at least insisted on the annulment of all concessions given to Del Biaggio prior to any transfer of the stake to Balsillie.

Major North American sports leagues are expected to exercise "due diligence" before allowing anyone to acquire a large stake in a franchise, so Del Biaggio's bankruptcy is considered to be a serious public relations setback for the league. Furthermore, the commencement of bankruptcy proceedings arguably could affect the rights of the league and the other Predators owners to block the sale of Del Biaggio's stake to the highest bidder. Depending on the circumstances, a party could argue that the constitution and by-laws of the NHL could be superseded if a bankruptcy court determined that the league was trying to enforce its rules in a manner detrimental to the creditors' interests, although it is entirely unclear whether such an argument could succeed. Predators' owners disagree completely with this theory.

On February 24, 2009, Calgary billionaire W. Brett Wilson has entered discussions with Predators majority owner David Freeman with intentions to invest in their third sports franchise together. Wilson confirms that progress has been made in his plans to invest in the team, with a "handshake agreement" but to date, nothing in writing. The long disputed 27 per cent share that belonged to minority shareholder William J. "Boots" Del Biaggio III, is expected to be purchased by Wilson, with his eventual share in the Predators to be "nominal".

The Predators have announced that the team is expected to turn a small profit for the 2008-09 season despite the serious global economic downturn, and attendance is expected to exceed an average of 14,000 paid tickets per game.

The team practices at Centennial Sportsplex. For the 2007–08 season, the Predators updated their jerseys with new striping. The logo was left unchanged, and the colors were left unchanged. Nashville was added to the 'away' jerseys above the logo.

Fans of the Nashville Predators have modified a tradition of the Detroit Red Wings to show their support: on occasion, a fan will throw a catfish onto the ice. The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville cites the first instance of this on October 30, 2003. At least four catfish were thrown onto the ice after the first Nashville goal on November 13, 2003.

Section 303 is a section of notoriously fervent fans at the Sommet Center colloquially known as "The Cellblock". The group refers to themselves as "the loudest section of the loudest arena in the NHL". While no reports of relative sound pressure levels have been cited by the group, the section's predetermined motivating and demoralizing chants towards the home and visiting teams respectively can be heard from many locations within the arena.

The entirely fan-based organization has been recognized by the Predators' front office. A large banner was produced by the front office for posting on the wall behind the section. The organization maintains a website where chants tailored to the opponent can be reviewed before the game. The group also makes available merchandise through CafePress that reflects the Cellblock's brazen and supportive attitude.

The mascot of the Predators is Gnash, a blue saber-toothed cat. Introduced in 1998, his trademark includes stunts, such as very fast rappels, zip lines and a pendulum swing that takes him under the scoreboard and just inches off the ice.

Updated February 27, 2009.

Hall of Famers: The Predators do not have a Hockey Hall of Fame member from their team.

Retired numbers: The Predators have not retired any numbers. However, Wayne Gretzky's number 99 was retired league-wide at the 2000 NHL All-Star Game on February 6, 2000.

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed NHL regular season.

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Nashville Municipal Auditorium

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The Nashville Municipal Auditorium (informally known locally as Municipal Auditorium) was the primary indoor sports and concert venue in Nashville, Tennessee from the time of its inception in 1962 until the completion of the Nashville Arena in 1996.

Having served the greater Nashville area with many diverse events for the past 46 years, today the Auditorium is the venue of choice for major touring family shows, such as Sesame Street Live, The Wiggles, The Doodlebops, Barney, Bob the Builder, and Playhouse Disney Live.

The venerable venue continues to serve niche concert markets, such as urban (Bow Wow, Young Buck, Young Jeezy), alternative rock (Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, Fall Out Boy, Gym Class Heroes, Plain White T's, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, My Chemical Romance), oldies (1964 The Tribute, Rock & Roll Party with the Crystals, Tokens) and Hispanic concerts (Juan Gabriel, Los Tigres Del Norte).

The Auditorium is also a favorite venue for religious events, having hosted Mt. Zion Baptist Church New Day Conference, Teenmania's Acquire the Fire, Dare 2 Share Ministries, and the Tennessee Baptist Convention Youth Evangelism Conference. Its first-ever event was a city-wide Church of Christ gospel meeting.

The NMA hosted the 1994 United States Gymnastic Championships as well as the 1996 Tour of World Figure Skating Championships. The Auditorium has hosted minor league hockey, with the teams known as the Dixie Flyers, South Stars, Knights, Nighthawks, and Nashville Ice Flyers. It has also hosted minor league basketball - Stars and Jammers, and women's professional basketball - Noise. It was a home court for the Belmont University basketball teams while Striplin Gym was being rebuilt into Curb Event Center. Additionally, the NMA has hosted several Ohio Valley Conference basketball tournaments, and the Auditorium hosted the OVC again in 2008.

Many Professional wrestling events were hosted in the arena including the NWA's Wrestle War 89 which featured a world title change and match of the year candidate in Ric Flair vesus Ricky Steamboat. It also was the home for the World Wrestling Federation's second In Your House PPV in 1995, and TNA Slammiversary in June 2007. It was a favorite venue over the years for World Championship Wrestling, which hosted its supercard show Starrcade there from 1994 to 1996 and its final Clash of the Champions show there in 1997.

The Nashville Broncs, an American Basketball Association expansion team, began its inaugural season at the NMA in November 2008.

The Professional Bull Riders association hosted a Built Ford Tough Series event at this venue from its inception in 1994 until 2001 (during this era the BFTS was known as the Bud Light Cup). Municipal Auditorium still hosts a PBR Challenger Tour event every year.

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Nashville Superspeedway

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Nashville Superspeedway is a motor racing complex located in Gladeville, Tennessee (though the track has a Lebanon address), United States, about 30 miles (48 km) east of Nashville. It is a concrete oval track 1 1/3 miles (2.145 km) in length. Nashville Superspeedway is owned by Dover Motorsports, which owns Dover International Speedway.

The track was built in 2001 and currently hosts three major races: two NASCAR Nationwide Series races and a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race (an IndyCar series race was run at the track from its opening until 2008). Current permanent seating capacity is approximately 50,000 . Additional portable seats are brought in for some events, and seating capacity can be expanded to 150,000. As of 2005, NASCAR has shown little interest in staging a Sprint Cup Series race or other major event at the track, though NASCAR would likely not object if track ownership moved one of its races from Dover International Speedway to Nashville. Management has shown no inclination to move either of its two successful races away from Dover. Nashville Superspeedway is the only track to host two NASCAR Nationwide Series races without hosting a Sprint Cup Series event.

As is a Nashville metropolitan tradition, specially-designed Gibson Les Paul guitars are presented to race winners in place of conventional trophies. The track also has a reputation for producing many first-time winners.

The track is referred by the classic term of a "superspeedway" (a track of one mile (1.6 km) or longer, compared to a short track), and is named to differentiate itself from the .596 mile Nashville Speedway USA (now Music City Motorplex) at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds near downtown Nashville. Until 1984, the Nashville Speedway USA had conducted a pair of 420-lap races in the Winston Cup Series (now Sprint Cup Series), but NASCAR pulled its sanctioning license from the circuit after disputes over who would manage the track took place prior to the start of the 1985 season.

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