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18 August 2017

Investor Behind Nashville’s MLS Expansion Bid Shares HOK-Designed Vison for Stadium

Nashville MLS investor John Ingram shared new renderings of a 30,000-seat, HOK-designed soccer stadium with Sports Illustrated.

As Major League Soccer evaluates expansion opportunities, Nashville’s bid continues to gain momentum.

“The stadium will be at the centerpiece of a ‘private-public partnership,’ Ingram said, and the preliminary design makes room for approximately 30,000 seats.

“The size, Ingram said, ‘is a combination of what we think about the future growth of MLS and if it works out that another tenant could use the facility.’”

HOK, an architectural firm familiar to MLS fans as as the designer of San Jose’s Avaya Stadium and the soon-to-open Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, produced the renderings. They’re preliminary, Ingram stressed, and intend to help launch the discussion he hopes will lead to a groundbreaking. The stadium will be located at the Fairgrounds Nashville, a piece of city-owned property just south of downtown that’s the current home of a racetrack, a small arena and other facilities. The stadium would sit less than three miles from the state capitol and eventually may be served by a Nolensville Pike light rail-line just to the east.”


Sports Illustrated