Fans have a chance to help Nashville SC make history Saturday

You can still get tickets to this match. Buy them on Ticketmaster or from your Supporters Group of choice today.

When Nashville SC takes the pitch against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds tomorrow evening, there’s a decent chance that we see a new USL record established. The club has already sold more than 17,000 tickets for the game – around 4,000 off the high mark for a home debutante in the league.

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Nissan Stadium is an impressive sight for soccer in the United States

Back in February, the club announced a move from their typical home venue, First Tennessee Park, to the home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, Nissan Stadium. Going from a maximum capacity around 10,000 to the expectation of doubling that number in a different venue says impressive things about the growth of the club in its early stages as a professional outfit.

“It should have a wonderful turnout from the city,” said head coach Gary Smith. “I believe over 17,000 tickets sold at this point. So fingers crossed it will be a pretty decent day weather-wise, and we could see this lower bowl more than three-quarters full, maybe even full if we’re fortunate.

“It’s a wonderful occasion to get probably 20,000 or more people in this stadium to get behind us and to really show them where we’re at. We’ve got a really positive mindset.”

The lower bowl at Nissan Stadium holds about 27,500 fans (with the club sections and upper decks adding enough to get to the full capacity of over 69,000 for an NFL game). While the threat of rainy weather tomorrow may reduce the likelihood of the Boys in Gold packing that out, ticket sales in the final day before the match – and walk-up purchases day-of – should see them come close.

The stadium itself is a sight to behold. While even a full Nissan Stadium can’t accommodate the 81,000 fans of Real Madrid’s home venue in Spain – and NSC won’t attract even the 69,000 fans Saturday – the visuals are reminiscent of some of the biggest and most famous grounds in all of sport.

“It’s beautiful,” defender Taylor Washington said. “You look at it and you see the massive stands and think of the Bernabeu or one of those major European stadiums. Of course the atmosphere will play a huge factor for us: we’ll have 17,000 fans, which is amazing.”

The team is well aware that it has a responsibility to put on a good show for the crowd tomorrow. There’s only so much value to be gained from loading 20,000-plus into Nissan if they don’t feel the entertainment value. Turning casuals into diehard fans is one goal of moving to the larger capacity venue.

Fortunately, NSC does indeed play an exciting, attacking style of soccer. Fans will like what they see – and hopefully want to return.

“We want to play our brand of soccer, which we believe is attractive, and it’s going to be exciting for the fans,” Washington said. “When we play that way, we do believe that wins will come out of it.”

There are still plenty of tickets available for tomorrow’s match. If you want to be a part of history and don’t have your ticket yet, head to Ticketmaster and get in the door to witness USL – and Nashville – history.

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