NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Friday’s game between the Nashville Predators and the Colorado Avalanche has been postponed because of a water main break that has soaked the downtown arena.
The game was supposed to be the first half of a NHL-NCAA doubleheader, with Northeastern scheduled to take on Western Michigan in the evening. That game was moved to the Ford ICE Center Bellevue.
Due to the flooding incurred at Bridgestone Arena today, the Music City college hockey classic game between Northeastern and Western Michigan scheduled for this evening is being moved to Ford Ice Center Bellevue.— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) November 25, 2022
The NHL said the water main break has “significantly impacted the event level” of Bridgestone Arena. Team locker rooms and the ice surface are on the event level.
Predators President and CEO Sean Henry told reporters that the water in the event level ranged from 3 inches to 3 feet.
“We’re assessing it right now. We’re remediating it,” Henry said. “The good thing is, the water got shut off, the city responded in a pretty fast manner. I don’t think anyone is ready for things like this the Friday after Thanksgiving.”
Video posted by a WTVF-TV reporter shows the water puddled up on the main floor’s concourse area and the team store.
The team was forced to close the store until further notice, pointing shoppers online for Black Friday specials.
A makeup date for Friday’s game will be announced later.
Also, a decision on whether to postpone the Predators’ home game Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets will be made later.