NASHVILLE, TN - Nashville SC shared new renderings of the soon-to-be-built Fairgrounds Stadium on Thursday morning, as well as updates from CEO Ian Ayre on the stadium design and construction.
"This will become the spiritual home of Nashville Soccer Club", said Ayre, who also noted that the stadium would feature heavy use of steel, brick and wood, "making it uniquely Nashville."
In his presentation to the Nashville Sports Authority, Ayre gave updates on the process, saying that the stadium is on track to be completed ahead of the 2022 MLS season as planned. The city originally approved $250 million in public financing, and Ayre confirmed that the club will invest an additional $50 to $70 million to cover the new estimated cost of $325-$345 million. At 30,000 seats, the stadium will be the largest soccer specific stadium in the United States.
Despite increased cost estimates, the stadium is still on track to be completed ahead of the 2022 MLS season. "The most exciting thing is that it fits into the neighborhood," said Ayre, who is still working to secure naming rights for the stadium.
The stadium recently cleared another legislative hurdle, voting 17-10 against a proposed measure to halt demolition necessary to begin construction. With a newly-elected council taking office, and several at-large council spots up for grabs in the upcoming runoff election, the horizon looks clear for the future of the stadium.