Bridgestone Arena resumed operations Wednesday and officials began to assess the damage and structural issues related to the recent flooding of downtown Nashville.
Flood waters reached the event level of the facility, which is located between Fifth and Sixth Avenues along Broadway. No timetable was given for the assessment to be completed and no initial estimate on the amount of damage was made.
According to a timeline released by arena staff, the water from the nearby Cumberland River first began to fill the arena Sunday evening.
By Monday morning there were 1-2 inches of standing water. That’s when crews began to relocate sensitive and valuable equipment from the offices, locker rooms and storage spaces of the building’s lowest level to safer areas.
The water level rose throughout the day Monday and peaked at roughly one foot on Tuesday before it began to recede.
On Monday afternoon, all power, phones and computers were shut down. The Nashville Predators’ offices, located in the arena, were closed Monday and Tuesday.
Initial reports indicate that there was extensive damage to the floor, carpeting and walls of the event level.
The next event scheduled to be held at Bridgestone Arena is a May 22 concert featuring James Taylor and Carole King.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and businesses that suffered losses and damages from the storm,” Nashville Predators President of Business Operations Ed Lang said in a statement released by the team. “While this has presented unprecedented challenges to the community, it has been heart-warming to see people come together and help one another.
“It is just another example of why Nashville and middle Tennessee is such a wonderful place to live. In support of those affected, the Nashville Predators Foundation will be making a contribution to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.”