Nashville, Tennessee is home to a lot of things. They have the Grand Ole Opry, Elvis's home, and the Sommet Center arena. The Sommet Arena opened in 1996 as a multipurpose venue. The facility is located downtown and currently owned by the Sports Authority of Nashville and Davidson County. The arena was built as a home to the Nashville Predators NHL team. In the past the Sommet Center has been used for Figure Skating championships, Gymnastics Championships, and was home to the Nashville Kats Arena Football League. However, in 2001 the Kats left, came back in 2005, and folded again in 2007.
For basketball games there are 19,395 seats, 17,000 seats for ice hockey, and end stage concerts provide 20,000 seats for attendees. Sommet Center can host theater events, which provide approximately 5,000 seats for attendees. In recent years men's basketball events, the Southeastern Conference, and the Ohio Valley Conference have been at the facility. In 2002 the PBR series appeared. They come back each year except for the 2005/ 2006 series. An International Convention and Contests for the Barbershop Harmony Society was hosted at the arena in 2001.
In 2007 the facility received some renovations to help improve its size as well as the concessions and public areas. The major changes have helped keep the stadium open in recent years and made it more appealing to the ticket holders. Part of the renovations added a new scoreboard. It was made by ANC Sports with a megatron styling. The entire renovation costs $2.6 million dollars.
The Nashville Center offers plenty of suites for businesses to lease. There are suite rentals, premium seats, corporate hospitality services, client services, and full service catering options. Levi Restaurant is one location to have a full course meal while watching an event on the big screen televisions.
For 2009 and some 2010 events there will be Disney On Ice, Keith Urban, Sweet Adelines International, Kiss, Dane Cook, Kings of Leon, Creed, and Casting Crows. Each year the Sommet Center works to gain the most popular artists, sports, and other events. Being home to country music it is often possible to see the top artists who are touring either at the Sears Center or somewhere else in the city. The 2009 CMA Awards will be hosted in November at the Sommet Center. Also playing in 2009 is Miley Cyrus, Def Leppard, and Bruce Springsteen. Most concerts that are touring the United States will stop off at the Sommet Center. Jeff Dunham, the Gaither Christmas Show, Sunbelt Classic, Trans- Siberian Orchestra, and others will attend the facility.
Mentioned above was Levy Restaurant. There is more at the facility than just the sit down location. There are also a number of concessions. Nachos, hot dogs, popcorn, hamburgers, pizza, sandwiches, fries, cotton candy, beer, lemonade, wine, soda, and much more can be found at the concessions. It is a different treat than the Thai Chicken and Beef Satay's offered at the restaurant. Parking is available at the arena and close by for all ticket holders. The prices will vary.