Evolv Technology partners with Bridgestone Arena on screening solution


Evolv Technology, AI-based weapons detection security screening has announced its partnership with Nashville, Tennessee’s iconic Bridgestone Arena. Evolv’s  AI-based weapons detection security  is being used to help keep sports and entertainment fans of all kinds safer while improving their experience at the venue.

Located in the heart of Music City, Bridgestone Arena is home to the NHL’s Nashville Predators and numerous national and international events including the annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. It’s a two-time recipient of Pollstar’s Arena of the Year award, has been nominated for the 15th consecutive time for the award in 2023, and is an Arena of the Decade nominee. The arena ranks fourth in the United States for ticket sales with 815,926 tickets sold and seventh in the world for gross ticket sales with $80,647,936.70 in revenue, according to international trade publication Pollstar’s 2022 Year End Industry Report.

“Bridgestone Arena is known as a premier entertainment destination, in part, because of the elevated experience we provide for our guests, with safety being a key pillar of that overall experience,” said David Chadwell, vice president of event operations at Bridgestone Arena. “Since installing the Evolv Express systems earlier this year, we’ve seen improvements across the board including operational efficiencies, and most importantly, happier guests.”

Fourteen Evolv Express systems were installed at the venue’s various ingress points this past October ahead of the first puck drop of the current NHL season. The system, which uses a combination of AI and powerful sensor technology to provide safer, more accurate threat detection at unprecedented volume and speed, is also used by the Tennessee Titans at nearby Nissan Stadium. By enabling Evolv Express, the Titans caught 254 prohibited items in just a three-game period and doubled fan satisfaction scores.

“Our rapidly expanding footprint is due to our proven ability to make the security screening process seamless for venues and their guests, and in a very short period of time, we believe we’ve demonstrated our value with Bridgestone Arena by replicating the success we’ve had at other arenas, stadiums and venues, both nationally and internationally.” said John Baier, Evolv Technology’s vice president of sports.

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