SBD/Issue 161/Facilities & Venues

Bridgestone Arena, LP Field Under Water Due To Heavy Rain

Heavy Rain, Flooding Could Seriously Damage
Predators' Bridgestone Arena, Titans' LP Field

The "massive amount of recent rain and bulging rivers are playing havoc with Nashville area sports arenas and athletic fields," according to Bryan Mullen of the Nashville TENNESSEAN. Predators Senior VP/Communications & Development Gerry Helper said that Bridgestone Arena has "two inches of standing water throughout the event level." That level "sits about two stories below ground level," and includes the Predators locker rooms and the "area where the ice would be for games." Helper said, "We've got some costly stuff down there, from the locker rooms to the (TV) production rooms. Clearly there is going to be some extensive damage." Meanwhile, Titans officials said that the team's practice facility at MetroCenter was "threatened with rising waters but has not received any damages." However, LP Field's athletic surface is "getting covered with water, nearly reaching the first row of seats." A "nearby Nashville Electric Service substation had to be shut down because it was being threatened with flood waters," and when the substation shut down, it "cut power to the stadium, which cut power to the stadium's pumps" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 5/4). The Nashville Electric Service this morning reported Bridgestone Arena is one of several buildings that has lost power (TENNESSEAN.com, 5/4).

TROUBLED WATER: Titans Dir of Media Relations Robbie Bohren: "I am certain there will be some sort of water damage to all areas of the field service level." The TENNESSEAN's Mullen notes at LP Field yesterday, "large trash cans were bobbing on the field and blue pads that line the inner concrete walls of the field were torn off and floated like rafts." Parking lots R and N "were completely under water by late" yesterday afternoon (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 5/4). Titans coach Jeff Fisher said that water had "risen as high as the fence line that surrounds" the team's practice facility at MetroCenter. Fisher: "It's close, but there has been absolutely no damage" (NASHVILLE CITY PAPER, 5/4). FANHOUSE.com's Clay Travis wrote LP Field "will survive and professional sports franchises are far from the worst victims of the flood, but the teams are a symbol of a catastrophe that, for some reason, seems to be getting no national attention" (FANHOUSE.com, 5/3).

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