It’s long been known (or at the very least strongly assumed) that Nashville SC would play its first Major League Soccer season at Nissan Stadium in 2020. Club CEO Ian Ayre confirmed to USA Today Sports Network – Tennessee today that those details have been fully approved by MLS.
“In terms of this city, (Nissan Stadium) ticks all the boxes that we would need for that interim solution: Good stadium, good facilities, good capacity. We’re just excited to get going,” Ayre said. “There’s still some bits and pieces, work in progress, but it’s more of an operational discussion than some big negotiation.”
There was another detail – perhaps less interesting to the mainstream sports follower in Nashville but more so to followers of Nashville SC from a closer perspective – included in the story. The club’s office, currently on Rundle Avenue near Trevecca Nazarene University on the Southeast fringe of downtown Nashville, will be moving to a more stadium-convenient location soon.
The current location hasn’t had an air of permanence about it (especially since the announcement that the club would be moving to MLS, which seemed to guarantee that the current space would be outgrown), and it seems that a new space will be occupied sooner rather than later.
Other items we’re still looking to check off in the transition?
- Branding reveal with a new crest for the transition to MLS
- Announcement of a full technical staff for the MLS franchise
- Details of a future Nashville SC Academy
Anything else? That’s all that pops immediately to mind. The remainder is mostly stuff that fans aren’t champing at the bit for, and can slowly filter out even once the USL season is under way.