Preds fans pay a premium to get inside Bridgestone Arena

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Mark Barberio (44) and Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson (33), of Sweden, chase the puck during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Nashville Predators fans filled Walk of Fame Park to watch game one of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Tickets on the secondary market cost fans at least $200 just to get in the arena.

Pat White came from Boston to check out the Predators playoff atmosphere.

“Us guys up here, game one, in Boston, I’d pay about 100 bucks or so,” White said. “You know for us we want to keep a lowball cause we’re Boston fans we want to see these guys in the Stanley Cup.”

Those that did get in the arena were treated to new special effects and pregame rituals, but the now famous catfish toss continued with several fish hitting the ice. None, however, came from Jake Waddell who made headlines throwing a catfish on the ice in Pittsburgh last year.

“I wouldn’t expect anything different the cool thing about the catfish is it’s our tradition we don’t need to dress it up or do anything fancy with it,” Waddell said.

The tension grew little by little in Walk of Fame Park as the Preds waited until the third period to pull ahead of the Avalanche for good.

“The Preds are my life; turn me up baby,” said Preston Smith, one of many fans that waited ten months for the Predators to get another shot at the Stanley Cup.