Welcome to season two of Nashville SC in the United Soccer League, and the final season before Music City enters Major League Soccer as the 24th franchise. There’s a lot of optimism surrounding this side that took last-year’s regular season champs and MLS new boys FC Cincinnati to a penalty shootout in the first round of the USL playoffs, while rattling off an 11-game unbeaten streak in all competitions during the middle of the season that included a victory over Colorado Rapids in the U.S. Open Cup.
USL’s top-two goal scorers in 2018, Daniel Ríos and Cameron Lancaster, join a side that already featured one of the league’s top-defensive sides. Combine that with the mix of new signings (Ken Tribbett, Darnell King, Kharlton Belmar) and familiar faces that were an integral part of last year’s success (Michael Reed, Matt Pickens, Bolu Akinyode, Ropapa Mensah), and you’ve possibly got a formula for an exciting squad.
Of course, Nashville SC’s success had a lot to do with its home record and making First Tennessee Park quite the daunting venue to play at. The stadium is surrounded by lots of activity on game day due to its location near the heart of the Germantown area.
So now the next bit is for those who are new Nashville SC fans, visiting fans, or even returning fans who might need a refresher course on the game day experiences Nashville SC has to offer.
How does one make the most of their game day experience? That’s what we’re here at Speedway Soccer to provide, coming up with a quick guide on how to make the most out of your Nashville SC game day.
Below is a list of bars, restaurants, and coffee shops that are excellent spots to pregame before a match and are just a quick walk away from First Tennessee Park.
Where do I get tickets?
Your best bet is to go through Ticketmaster and buy them prior to the match, as tickets will be through mobile entry this year. If you’re a season ticket holder, your tickets should already be loaded into your ticket master account. A good tip would be to download them all to your apple wallet in your phone so you have them ready when you walk to the gate.
Where to sit?
If you’re looking for the true hooligan experience, then you can’t beat sitting near the supporters section. Sections 104 and 105 are where they call home, so purchase your seats nearby there if you want to get in on the action. If you’re looking for the best seats in the house, anywhere from 119-121 is also a good bet, as those sections face the midfield area. But if you’re looking for flexibility and bang for your buck, you can’t beat standing room tickets. You’ll have freedom to select your seat in the grassy area next to the outfield wall, and can also hang out at the band box for some FTP specialty drinks like the whiskey slushy.
What to yell?
Want to get involved with the chants the supporters sing, but don’t know the words? You can find them here.
What about after the match?
Fans are usually out of the stadium in relatively quick fashion after the match concludes. If you stand at the supporter section and near the players tunnel (located right below the 3rd base dugout), you can usually grab a selfie with your favorite player, or partake in Bradley Bourgious' drum solo.
We hope to see you all at the matches! If you come to the game with a #DaveyOut sign, one of us will buy you a drink.