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With A Pro Team And Potential Stadium Nashville Might Be On Its Way To Becoming A Soccer Town
by TJ Anderson
Nashville’s place as a multi-faceted sports town just keeps growing — the Predators’ incredible season this year certainly cemented that as fact.
Is soccer the next Nashville sports frontier? The proposed Major League Soccer stadium at The Fairgrounds Nashville definitely makes it an interesting possibility.
This week, the MLS2Nashville committee shared plans for the potential stadium to Metro Council members, so we all get a look at it too. (See above.) At 500,000 square-feet and with the capacity to hold around 30,000 fans, it’d be a big addition to the rapidly growing Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood, in many senses of the word.
According to a Fox News report, the intent is to not only make it a soccer hub, but a flexible sports/entertainment spot, with concerts and other teams hosting events there.
This is far from a done deal — we’re one of 12 cities angling for a pro soccer expansion — but it’s a proposal that’s definitely worth keeping an eye on.
If your interest is piqued, you can read more about the Nashville soccer stadium plans from Nashville Business Journal.
In the meantime, here’s a little more to dig into, if you’re a budding Nashville soccer fan:
We might be a good bit away from walking into that (potential) stadium, but Nashville’s pro soccer club is already warming up — the Nashville Soccer Club’s inaugural season home opener for the United Soccer League is set for March 2018, and they’re hard at work filling out the roster and raising awareness. (We should hear about player signings this fall.) If you’d like to keep up with how the pro Club is developing, follow Nashville Soccer Club on Facebook.
While we wait for the launch of Nashville’s pro club, our amateur soccer club, Nashville SC U23, is already up and running, and wrapped a great first season this summer. Odds are as we see the pro roster come together each year, familiar faces from Nashville SC U23 will figure in. Get to know the Nashville SC U23 and its players here.
More into playing than watching? I’m a huge fan of Nashville Sports League, and have spent years playing kickball with those folks. If kickball isn’t your thing, but soccer is, NSL might be for you too — they have coed and men’s soccer teams, and whether you’re solo or with a group, they should be able to fit you in. It’s a fun organization, and they can get you going with almost any sport you’re into, from basketball and flag football to bowling and cornhole. Learn more at the Nashville Sports Leagues website.
Thinking about getting your kids into the game? Brentwood-based Nashville United Soccer Academy might be a great place to start. It’s open to kids as young as five and old as 19, and they’ll get serious coaching (former pros are involved with the academy). Grab more info at the Nashville United Soccer Academy website.
Intrigued by the growth of soccer in Nashville, or is it not really your sport? Love to hear your thoughts.
If you’re so inspired by soccer that you’re already starting to look for a new home by the (potential) stadium in Wedgewood-Houston, let me know if I can help — reach TJ Anderson Homes here. (Same goes for other neighborhoods in Nashville, and nearby — if you’re looking to buy or sell a home anywhere in Middle Tennessee, please drop me a line!)
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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