It’s fair to say that soccer fans in the Music City are excited.
On Monday, Nashville SC announced it was moving its first-ever USL regular-season home game to Nissan Stadium – home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, with a capacity of nearly 70,000 – because of a high demand for tickets.
The March 24 contest vs. the Pittsburgh Riverhounds was originally scheduled to be played at First Tennessee Park, where the club’s other USL home games will still be played barring any other changes.
On Saturday, more than 9,000 fans showed up for Nashville SC’s first exhibition game — a 3-1 loss to Atlanta United FC at First Tennessee Park. But many more people are expected for the club's first regular-season game as excitement in the Music City has been steadily building since December when Nashville was awarded an MLS expansion team. Nashville SC and the Nashville MLS team share a principal owner, businessman John Ingram.
The game will be the first soccer game played at Nissan Stadium since two international events — the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the International Champions Cup — combined to draw more than 100,000 fans.