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16 October 2017

Funding Approved for HOK-Designed Major League Soccer Stadium In Downtown Nashville

The 27,500-seat stadium would be among the largest new soccer-specific MLS stadiums built in recent years.

Nashville’s Sports Authority approved a $225 million bond resolution, solidifying funding before the proposal goes to the Metro Council for final approval in November.

The stadium is an integral piece of the city and ownership group’s bid for an MLS expansion franchise. The proposed stadium will sit on the 117-acre fairgrounds site just south of downtown Nashville. HOK designed the stadium as a multipurpose facility that can accommodate both soccer and football should Vanderbilt University choose to move forward with a shared facility.

The stadium proposal calls for new ancillary buildings surrounding the 500,000-sq.-ft. stadium, replacing a number of structures on the fairgrounds site. The vote, “came after the Metro fair board earlier this week approved a resolution recommending the sports authority and council approve bonds for the project. Moving forward, the sports authority would need to still approve a lease agreement with the fair board.”

“Bonds for the project would be issued if Nashville is awarded one of two MLS expansion franchises that the league plans to announce in December.”

The Tennessean