Nashville SC GEODIS Park Stadium: History, capacity, beginnings as the largest dedicated football stadium in the United States ready to open

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Nashville SC joined Major League Soccer in 2020, and two years later got its own soccer-specific stadium.

As the team plays its first seven games of the season on the road, the long journey is finally over and the club has a home.

The club previously played at Nissan Stadium, the home of the Tennessee Titans, since their MLS debut, but the team’s soccer-specific venue had been in the works since late 2016. Now that stadium is finally complete.

On Sunday, May 1, Nashville SC will play its first game at GEODIS Park, the club’s new permanent home on the site of the Nashville Fairgrounds.

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Construction, development and financing of the GEODIS fleet

The proposal for Nashville SC’s new football-specific stadium was unveiled in December 2016 with an expected cost of $275 million, which eventually rose to $345 million. The cost would initially be funded by $25 million from Nashville SC owner John Ingram and a $225 million bond issue by the city, with an additional $40 million for Nashville Fairgrounds renovations. .

As part of the deal, Ingram would pay $9 million a year for the next 30 years, repaying three-quarters of the bond issue, but this was eventually changed to a 100% cost assumption by Ingram. , plus an additional $19 million for infrastructure. improvements around.

The stadium project received 10 acres from the city-owned fairgrounds to build the stadium and surrounding projects, and construction began in March 2020 with the demolition of the fairgrounds site.

The stadium was designed by Populous of Kansas City, which had also designed Nashville’s other major venues, including Nissan Stadium.

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What is the capacity of the GEODIS fleet?

GEODIS Park has a listed capacity of 30,000 fans, a marketable improvement over its usual draw of around 15,000 at Nissan Stadium.

This number makes GEODIS Park the largest stadium dedicated to football in the United States or Canada, ahead of Toronto FC’s BMO Field, which can accommodate 28,351 people.

Still, the club won’t be able to touch their own attendance record, which was set on their first-team debut at Nissan Stadium in front of 59,069 fans.

The largest stadiums dedicated to football in the United States and Canada

Rankings and abilities via Forbes

Ability Stadium Team
30,000 GEODIS Park Nashville SC
28,351 BMO field FCToronto
27,000 Dignity Health Sports Park The Galaxy
26,000 TQL Stadium FC Cincinnati
25,500 Exploria Stadium City of Orlando
25,000 Red Bull Arena New York Red Bulls
22,039 Cabin crew stage Houston Dynamo
22,000 Banc of California Stadium LAFC
20,738 Stage Q2 Austin F.C.
20,500 Toyota Stadium FC Dallas

When does GEODIS Park open?

GEODIS Park makes its debut in front of Nashville SC fans on Sunday, May 1 against the Philadelphia Union, kicking off at 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT.

Nashville played its first seven games of the season on the road to allow the new stadium to fully prepare for its grand opening. The club sit ninth in the table heading into the match, with three wins, two draws and three losses on this long season-opening road trip.

The club now have six of their next eight league matches at home and will continue to make up those matches on the road throughout the season, with a total of 17 home fixtures from their remaining 26 fixtures. At the time of his debut, Nashville SC had the longest home unbeaten streak in the league, with 19 games.

Nashville SC midfielder Anibal Godoy nicknamed the stadium “The Castle”, and general manager Mike Jacobs said of the debut: “Whether you’ve been here three years or three months, you all came here on the 1st May. You came here to open a brand new building.'”

While the debut is highly anticipated by the league and fans, there are a few hiccups. Parking has become a huge problem, with room for just 5,000 cars, with attendance for the opening expected to reach capacity of 30,000.

How is the food at GEODIS Park?

There is a wide range of food offerings at GEODIS Park, from barbecue to chicken sandwiches to burgers, empanadas and more.

Prior to the stadium’s opening, Tennessean’s Drake Hills did a comprehensive review of all stadium food, with rave reviews overall. The empanadas were the biggest hit, while the nachos left a bit to be desired.

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