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Predators' success mean big boost for Nashville

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Hundreds watched Game 3 on the plaza outside Bridgestone Arena. (WSMV) Hundreds watched Game 3 on the plaza outside Bridgestone Arena. (WSMV)

They say when your team is winning, the registers are ringing. It's not just the victories piling up for the Nashville Predators, it’s also the cash for Music City.

Tennessee Titans games bring thousands of people downtown for a single Sunday. The Predators’ historic run is boosting business for weeks.

All of this Preds pride even has Canadian hockey fans taking the trip down here to see what it's all about.

“From the games I saw, previous playoff games we watched on TV from, I said, ‘We’ve got to go,’” Jim Rakievich said.

Rakievich and his wife in the arena Tuesday. They’ll be watching from the plaza on Thursday. Until then, they have time to kill.

“It’s the entertainment capital of North America,” Rakievich said.

They are fully enjoying all of what Nashville has to offer.

“The Preds have a big impact on business and economic activity. They have a big impact on projecting our brand around the world,” said Ralph Schulz, CEO of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Schulz is also a Preds season ticket-holder.

“Nashville is winning when the predators are winning,” he said.

The Predators sold out 41 games this year. That's 17,300 fans per game, a total of more than 709,000 spectators.

Fans say there hasn't been this much excitement surrounding Nashville sports since early 2000 when the Music City Miracle happened and the Titans played in Super Bowl XXXIV. That play spawned Titans fever all across the state.

Now it's the Predators’ turn to make their own history, and their streak is paying off.

“The length of season makes a difference. And winning always improves everyone's attitude,” Schulz said.

Tickets may be hard to come by for Thursday’s Game 4, but the Chamber wants to remind everyone they can joins the masses outside Bridgestone Arena on the plaza. The game will be broadcast on a large screen. And the best part is it’s free.

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