In a deal that cements the Nashville Predators’ future in Music City for the next several years, Mayor Karl Dean agreed to pay the hockey club up to $8.4 million annually in subsidies and incentives to operate Bridgestone Arena.

The deal also includes higher ticket surcharges to pay for improvements at the arena, such as new seats and a revamped entrance on the building’s south side, and a promise from the city for a new youth hockey rink that also could become a practice facility for the Predators.

A new seat user charge of 5 percent of the ticket price, capped at $2, will be added to every ticket purchased for an event at the arena. This is on top of the current $1.75-per- ticket surcharge for hockey games and the $2-per-ticket surcharge for concerts and other events.
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