The Nashville Predators are a professional ice hockey team based in Nashville, Tennessee. They compete in the National Hockey League as a member of the Central Division of the Western Conference. The Predators have played their home games at Bridgestone Arena since 1998. Their television broadcasting rights are held by Fox Sports Tennessee, and radio broadcasting rights are held by WPRT-FM.
The club was founded in 1998 when the NHL granted an expansion franchise to Craig Leipold. After five seasons, the Predators qualified for their first Stanley Cup playoffs during the 2003–04 season. In 2008, ownership of the club was transferred from Leipold to a locally based ownership group. The Predators advanced to their first Stanley Cup Finals in 2017, but were defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games. In the following season, the Predators won their first Presidents' Trophy and Central Division title.
The Predators are presently affiliated with the minor league teams Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League and Florida Everblades of the ECHL.