The Nashville Predators are a professional ice hockey team based in Nashville, Tennessee. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). They play their home games at Sommet Center, formerly known as Gaylord Entertainment Center and Nashville Arena. In January 1997, a group led by Minnesota businessman Craig Leipold made a formal presentation before the NHL requesting an expansion franchise. The Predators first took the ice on October 10, 1998.