The atmosphere may be a bit different next time. Tim Sullivan/For Club and Country
The logical choice is the official one: Nashville SC’s first game as an MLS franchise will be a local derby* against Atlanta United.
Also, I have to get used to not including the “2” reflexively at the end of that name. From Club release:
NASHVILLE (Nov. 18, 2019) – Nashville Soccer Club will officially welcome Major League Soccer to Nashville on Saturday, Feb. 29, hosting Atlanta United at Nissan Stadium at 7 p.m. CT for the team’s inaugural MLS match. The club unveiled the news by launching their new website, http://www.NashvilleSC.com. Check it out!
Tickets to Nashville SC’s inaugural MLS match, presented by Renasant Bank, are available through Season Ticket Memberships starting at just $425 ($25 per game). Limited inventory remains, so be sure to secure your place in history with the best seats for Feb. 29 and throughout the inaugural season, by visiting NashvilleSC.com/Tickets or calling 615-750-8800.
“We are thrilled to announce that Nashville SC’s inaugural match will be played right here in Nashville in front of our hometown fans,” said Nashville SC CEO Ian Ayre. “February 29th will be a historic date for our club and we look forward to showcasing the city and our supporters to the entire league during the opening weekend of Major League Soccer’s 25th season.”
Nashville SC will enter MLS as the league’s 24th team in 2020, having earned an expansion bid to MLS on Dec. 20, 2017. During the 2020 MLS regular season, each club will play 34 games, including 17 home and 17 away matches. The complete MLS regular season schedule for 2020, along with the national television details for the U.S. and Canada, will be announced at a later date.
The marquee match-up will feature exciting stars on both sides, highlighted by Nashville SC’s Hany Mukhtar playing in his first MLS match. Nashville SC will face stiff competition as Atlanta is expected to bring a roster of All-Stars including 2018 Landon Donovan MLS MVP Josef Martínez.
In addition to tickets, Nashville SC Season Ticket Members receive special benefits such as VIP access to exclusive year-round events and many more perks that offer a direct connection to the club. Join Nashville SC in its inaugural season in MLS, become a Season Ticket Member here or by calling a club representative at 615-750-8800, and get additional information on single match tickets to Nashville SC’s home opener, presented by Renasant Bank, here.
Of additional interest is that it’s an Eastern Conference opponent, and Nashville SC has consistently been rumored/mentioned as a first-year team in the West, which (if still true) would likely mean no return leg at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the A. MLS has not officially determined NSC’s conference for the first year, so this may be fretting over nothing.
Playing the loaded lineup that Atlanta will likely bring to Nissan Stadium should make for a challenging – but entertaining – opener.
*Worth noting that derby matches in England are walking distance Stadium-to-Stadium. In MLS, Nashville’s closest opposition is over 3.5 hours away.