NASHVILLE, TN - Nashville SC announced this morning that two USL matches will be played at Nissan Stadium. Matches versus Indy Eleven (July 27) and North Carolina FC (October 12) have been moved to Nissan from Nashville SC's regular home field of First Tennessee Park.
Nissan Stadium hosted two NSC matches last year. The club's home opener against Pittsburgh Riverhounds drew a crowd of 18,922. Their marquee midsummer matchup against FC Cincinnati (another MLS expansion club) was played in front of 18,299. Both matches finished with a 0-0 scoreline.
Nashville SC will join Major League Soccer as the 25th club in the 2020 season, and will play their home matches at Nissan Stadium. The club is building a 30,000 seat soccer specific stadium at the Fairgrounds, and had originally planned to begin play there at some point during the 2021 Major League Soccer season. However, in March CEO Ian Ayre announced that they had delayed their timeline and would open the stadium ahead of the 2022 MLS season.
Nissan has a capacity of 69,143 and a lower bowl capacity of 27,500. The venue has a history of holding large crowds for soccer matches. A US Men's National Team match in the Gold Cup drew 47,662 in 2016, and in 2017, 56,232 came to watch Premier League clubs Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur play in a pre-season friendly. Nashville SC are hoping that fans show up in similar numbers for their inaugural MLS season next year.
Nashville SC returns to USL action this Saturday, taking on 16th placed Charlotte Independence at First Tennessee Park.