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First Day of the 2016 NHL All-Star Fan Fair

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Nashville's ready to go as the host city of the NHL All-Star Weekend. Today, we're giving you a sneak peek of what's going on inside the NHL Fan Fair at the Music City Center!

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While it's going to warm up in the next 48 hours, "All-Star Weekend" (even though it's Thursday) began with a chilly Nashville morning inside and out of the gloriously large Music City Center across from Bridgestone Arena, smack dab in the middle of downtown.

Outside the MCC, the city and Predators organization have teamed up to really throw their weight around with the color gold and have turned the city into a beautiful spectacle for the rest of the hockey world to take in.

entrance

Inside the MCC -- more importantly, inside the main exhibit hall -- the NHL Fan Fair started out with a couple important big wigs, some kids and a boatload of mascots:

The hall itself is huge, over 300,000 square feet of space and each of the booths not too far smashed together. In fact, there is a ton of empty space, making it easy for folks to really stretch their legs and get a good walk through the entire complex.

There is, and I say this with not a joke inside me, something for everyone inside the Fan Fair. Especially this Velveeta fountain, which seems to have been designed specifically for the sports blogger set.

velveeta fountain

Looking for skills competition tests? They got it. Free Mountain Dew? They got it. Virtual Reality? Check.

Merchandising, merchandising, merchandising? Mark it down.

foam hand

They even have a cool smoking helmet!

helmet smoke

And don't forget the whole collection of league trophies. They are beautiful. You must check it out if you are here. You can even touch the Stanley Cup!

touch cup

If you have time, make your way down to Nashville over the course of the next 96 hours and check out what they have inside the MCC at the NHL Fan Fair. You won't be disappointed, that much is for sure.