Cumberland University


Preds' Mascot Bound for Cumberland


On Wednesday, Oct. 1, Cumberland University will welcome the Nashville Predators' famed (and fanged) mascot, Gnash, to campus as part of Homecoming Week festivities at CU, according to Cumberland Alumni Relations Officer Justin Bradford.

From 12:30 until 1:30 p.m., Gnash will take part in a Homecoming Week event known as the Student Olympics, squaring off against the Cumberland University Bulldog in a head-to-head mascot melee.

"This is going to be a fun event for our campus, and the entire community is invited to visit and cheer on their favorite mascot during the Student Olympics," Bradford said. "Gnash even plans to take time to pose for photos with students, faculty, staff and members of the community who pay us a visit during the Student Olympics."

And while Gnash's visit to campus is sure to bring additional excitement to Homecoming Week at CU, it is also intended to promote "CU Night with the Nashville Predators," a popular event for alumni and friends of the University.

Hosted by the Cumberland University Alumni Association, the second annual "CU Night with the Nashville Predators" will be held on Jan. 17, 2009 as the Preds take on the Atlanta Thrashers at the Sommet Center.

While the puck drops at 7 p.m. for the Jan. 17 match-up, Cumberland University faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends in the community are invited to an exclusive, pre-game reception at the Sommet Center scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. The pre-game reception will include a full dinner buffet and the opportunity to win prizes such as Predators jerseys, apparel and autographed items provided by the Preds.

Tickets for "CU Night with the Nashville Predators" are a great deal at $40 each, as the price includes admission to the game, the pre-game reception and all taxes and service charges.

"That's $23 off of the gate ticket rate, plus it includes admission to the private, pre-game reception and buffet, which was very popular with those who took part in the event last season," Bradford noted. "Our seats are located in the Family Fun Zone, about the same distance from the ice as club-level seating. It's going to be another terrific night with the Preds."

For more information about "CU Night with the Nashville Predators" or to download a ticket reservation form, please visit Questions may also be directed to Bradford at 615.547.1253 or at