Predators enact policy to keep out Blackhawk fans - WSMV News 4

Predators enact policy to keep out Blackhawk fans

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When the Chicago Blackhawks played the Predators last season at Bridgestone Arena, thousands of Chicagoans came with them.

Decked out in red hockey sweaters, those fans took over the arena and took away home-ice advantage from Nashville.

Now a new Predators ticket policy has been put in place with hopes of stopping that from happening again.

The new "Keep out the Red policy" states unless Chicago fans buy tickets for a different game, one they would likely not be in town, they won't be allowed to buy a single game ticket against the Predators.

Making it difficult for Chicago fans to come here did not go over well with honky tonk owners on lower Broadway. Chicago fans fill the street and its bars like no other city visitor.

The Predators argue other cities create similar policies to keep rival fans away, but Thursday in Chicago the Windy City message was "Good luck trying to stop us."

A representative with the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau said she'd be shocked if Chicago fans didn't find a way to get in the arena.

Bar owners are hoping for the same. Chicago football fans spent so much money on lower Broad after the Titans game last year that bars actually ran out of beer.

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