Nashville finally has professional soccer and local fans have responded in kind.
One year after the team announced it will join the United Soccer League in 2018, and just months after Nashville was announced as the newest expansion franchise in Major League Soccer, the club will play its first professional match in front of a sellout crowd.
The sellout news is a welcome sign as Nashville looks to become the next great southern soccer powerhouse. And coincidentally, the opening match is against none other than Atlanta United.
The game will be played at First Tennessee Park, a minor league baseball stadium that will serve as the club’s temporary home as its soccer-specific stadium is being built. The capacity is listed somewhere between 8,000-10,000, and Nashville SC CEO Court Jeske already announced that 5,000 season tickets have been sold for the team’s inaugural season in the United Soccer League.
While no one likes playing soccer on a converted baseball diamond, we think this intimate setting will provide the perfect launch point for Nashville SC to organically develop its culture. Demand for tickets will be high and with a limited seating capacity, Nashville SC will become one of the hottest and hardest tickets to get.