The Nashville Predators will celebrate their 25th anniversary season by adding a patch to their jerseys.
No, not just a 25th anniversary patch (which they are wearing on their shoulder), but also a patch advertising a local bank.
Today, the Predators announced the club has partnered up with Regions Bank as their first-ever “jersey patch partner.” The Predators will wear the *green* Regions Bank logo on the upper right corner of the front of their yellow and blue sweater (I mean, yellow and blue make green… right?)
“As we enter our twenty-fifth anniversary season, we are proud to align with Regions, a partner that we share a rich history with and whose core values overlay so well with our own,” Predators CEO Sean Henry said in the press release. “Our shared vision for our community, our team members and our treasured clients and fans are where we each focus our energies. We are so thankful to bring our vision and that commitment together for all of ‘Smashville.’”
The Nashville Predators joined the NHL for the 1998-99 season, the big brother to a group of four expansion teams to join between 1998 and 2000 — the others: Winnipeg (then Atlanta), Columbus, and Minnesota. The team introduced their branding in the opposite way most clubs do; they unveiled their logo prior to settling on a name. The club presented the logo and offered three name choices to fans: the Ice Tigers, the Fury, and the eventual winning name of Predators.
The Predators logo is inspired by a fossil found while construction crews were digging in downtown Nashville in the 1970s. The logo shows the profile of a sabre-toothed tiger head with its front two teeth or tusks extending far below the jar. For their first thirteen seasons, the original Nashville Predators logo was very detailed and multi-coloured with navy blue, orange, light blue, and silver striping throughout the interior of a logo trimmed in yellow. For the 2011-12 season, the current Nashville Predators logo debuted, simplifying things considerably by replacing all those colours with just navy blue and gold and fully embracing gold as the team’s primary hue.