Nashville SC’s bid to become a Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion team has grown stronger with the release of preliminary concept designs for a proposed stadium.
The soccer-specific stadium concept combines a uniquely Nashville look with a modern fan experience that would be among the best in the league, the club said.
The multi-use stadium would be about 500,000ft2 and hold approximately 30,000 people. With a focus on the MLS match experience, the proposed stadium also has the ability to accommodate other major events such as concerts, family events, and other sporting and civic events.
John R. Ingram, CEO of Nashville Soccer Holdings and lead investor for the ownership group vying for a Nashville MLS expansion team said:
We’re delighted to share this preliminary stadium design with the community as we continue to work through this process.
The proposed design has been developed to bring people and communities together for an extraordinary MLS soccer experience, as well as establishing an important new amenity for Nashville and Nashvillians.
It has many features that will make it one of the best in the league while reflecting the true spirit of Nashville. It will be customized for the rich history of the surrounding area and highlight the unique architecture and design found across this city.
The proposed site for the stadium, designed by architects HOK, is The Fairgrounds Nashville in the Wedgewood-Houston neighbourhood, a location identified by Mayor Megan Barry in January.
Nashville is one of 12 cities competing nationally for a MLS expansion team. The city’s bid was elevated last month when more than 100,000 soccer fans attended Gold Cup and International Champions Cup matches in Nissan Stadium.
MLS commissioner Don Garber singled out Nashville as one of four cities with energy around its bid in comments at the MLS All-star game on August 2.
Images courtesy of HOK