Tonight Nashville SC took another step forward in landing an MLS franchise in December. Nashville Metro Council held a Soccer Stadium public meeting. The meeting took place at the Nashville Fairgrounds, proposed site for the stadium, and was well attended. It’s incredibly impressive the momentum Nashville SC has built. In fact, the Charlotte Observer reported yesterday that the cities bid to win a franchise in December was “dead” due in large part to the strength of Nashville’s MLS stadium financing proposal which it termed “just unbelievable.” While other hopeful cities like San Diego and St. Louis failed to get funding from the city, Nashville seems very likely to pass it. Major city players like John Ingram and Mayor Megan Barry are pushing for it. There has been almost no opposition so far and likely won’t be with the city more focused on a $5 billion mass transit proposal. In less than six weeks, Nashville should have the funding approved and then it will be upto MLS in December. When the 12 potential bid cities were announced by MLS Nashville was considered a long shot at best. Now they are a clear favorite.
Nashville SC will compete in the United Soccer League (USL) in its inaugural 2018 season. Home games will be played at First Tennessee park. The season runs from March to October and includes 18 home games.