CMA Festival, Stanley Cup Final cap record-breaking weekend - WSMV News 4

CMA Festival, Stanley Cup Final cap record-breaking tourism weekend

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Predators fans at a watch party on Sunday on Broadway. (WSMV) Predators fans at a watch party on Sunday on Broadway. (WSMV)
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There are early indications of record-breaking tourism spending in downtown Nashville last weekend, according to Convention and Visitors Corporation President Butch Spyridon.

It was the first time the Predators played in the Stanley Cup Final and Game 6 coincided with the final day of the CMA Music Festival.

Spyridon said there were roughly 120,000 people downtown Sunday night between the concert at Nissan Stadium, the game at Bridgestone Arena and the various Stanley Cup viewing parties around downtown Nashville.

Mayor Megan Barry was among the 120,000 people downtown Sunday.

“Our fan base is here.  We’re a great sports town, we’re a great hockey town, and we’re a great party town,” Barry said. “You saw all that come together.”

More than 8 million people watched NBC’s broadcast of Game 6, which included numerous aerial shots of the viewing party on Broadway and Luke Bryan’s concert at Tootsie’s to begin the coverage before puck drop.

Spyridon said the CVC hosted 12 Predators viewing parties over the past month.

“It’s worth 50 times what we’ve spent,” said Spyridon. “It wasn’t budgeted, it wasn’t planned, but absolutely worth it in the national and international marketing side.”

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