Alive & Kicking: Inside Nashville SC’s New Soccer Stadium
Nashville's new GEODIS Park stadium earns the city major points as a sports lover's dream destination.
Nashville Soccer Club joined Major League Soccer in 2020, and crowds are going wild for the team’s new stadium, which opened in 2022.
The club plays its home games at GEODIS Park, a $335 million sports facility built to be soccer-specific. Constructed on 10 acres at the Nashville Fairgrounds, the stadium’s 30,000-seat capacity makes GEODIS Park the largest soccer-specific venue in the U.S. and Canada.
Nashville SC officials say they sold more than 22,000 season tickets for their inaugural 2022 campaign at GEODIS Park.
“It’s great to see the Nashville Fairgrounds campus return to active life, with that property and neighborhood too valuable for it to have sat idle for many years,” says Butch Spyridon, CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation.
“I’m impressed with the quality of the stadium and the quality of the team.”
Empanadas & Excitement
Before GEODIS Park, the team played games at the 68,000-seat Nissan Stadium, home of the NFL Tennessee Titans.
One of the best parts of GEODIS Park is its sight lines, with only 150 feet of distance between the last row of seats and the touchline.
Also excellent are the food choices, from barbecue and burgers to empanadas and roast chicken sandwiches.
“It will be an exciting experience for anyone going to a Nashville SC game,” Spyridon says. “As our community gets more and more diverse, we are also adding diverse offerings. We want to grow and prosper, so we expanded our horizons by adding Major League Soccer to Nashville’s entertainment landscape.”
The primary owner of Nashville SC is John Ingram, who owns Nashville-based Ingram Industries. Other investors and partial owners include Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry and actor Reese Witherspoon.
The team has enjoyed success during its brief three-season MLS history, qualifying for the playoffs in 2020 and 2021, and is in playoff contention in 2022.
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