What to expect from this weekend's NHL All-Star Game

It's here. Finally.

This weekend the stars of the National Hockey League will descend on Nashville following more than a year of preparation and, according to tourism officials and other interested parties, more than a decade of dreaming.

But before the players start skating Sunday, fans will have plenty of opportunity to take in all the all-star festivities. Here's a look at what locals (and out-of-towners) can look forward to, starting Thursday:

  • Bridgestone Winter Park, the outdoor attraction open since mid-December, will present five outdoor concerts, Thursday through Sunday, alongside its ice rink hours. Performers include Big & Rich, Dierks Bentley, Kelsea Ballerini and more.
  • The NHL Fan Fair kicks off Jan. 28 and runs through Jan. 31, featuring more concerts, a mascot showdown and a visit from the Stanley Cup. Unlike the Bridgestone Winter Park concerts, the attractions inside the fan fair require tickets. More information on both the free and ticketed events is available here.
  • It wouldn't be a Nashville party without country music stars in attendance, and the game itself will not disappoint. Bentley, Vince Gill, Charles Kelley and Chris Young will sit alongside the coaches representing each division during the game, scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday

Written by Eleanor Kennedy

Article from Nashville Business Journal