Nashville SC won’t be training at its Currey Ingram Academy facility for the long haul. File photo by Tim Sullivan/For Club and Country.
The wait is over to learn where Nashville SC’s permanent training facility will be located: the Boys in Gold will train in Antioch at the Century Farms site, just off Interstate 24.
From Club release:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 24, 2020) – Nashville Soccer Club announced today it has identified Century Farms in Antioch as the location where the club plans to build their new multi-million dollar training complex.
Centrally located in the heart of Nashville’s fastest growing corridor, just 10 miles Southeast of Downtown, and extremely accessible to a four-county area, the 15-acre complex will feature three full-size soccer pitches as well as a state-of-the-art sports facility designed to host Nashville SC’s first team and staff.
“The club’s practice facility sits alongside our new stadium and new youth academy as key assets of any professional soccer team,” said Nashville SC CEO Ian Ayre. “Creating a first-class facility where our players and staff can practice and work is a crucial part of the overall organization and a foundational element for the soccer footprint we have been building for the city.”
“We took time to identify a site that worked with all of our short and long-term objectives for the club, as well as the Nashville community. We are confident that the Century Farms location and the broader South Nashville/Antioch community are an excellent fit for our plans,” concluded Ayre.
“Nashville Soccer Club is truly embracing our city as its hometown and I applaud their choice of Southeast Nashville for their permanent practice facility,” said Mayor John Cooper. “Nashville SC is investing in one of the fastest growing areas in Davidson County and in doing so will make a direct and positive impact on the neighborhood here.”
“I am thrilled to have Nashville SC join our Antioch family!” said Councilwoman Joy Styles. “It is hugely impactful that they see our diverse community as a perfect fit for the future and have chosen Century Farms for their practice facility location. This will benefit not only our growing business landscape, but also all of our passionate soccer fans. I am looking forward to their arrival and continuing to build our relationship with the community.”
Century Farms is a 300+ acre, mixed-use, master-planned development of great local and regional impact, located along Interstate 24 in Southeast Davidson County. In addition to the training facility, the development will feature a wide variety of major retail, office and multifamily and entertainment spaces that can be accessed by the Hickory Hollow Parkway (Exit 60) interchange with easy access to both sides of I-24.
In the meantime, the Boys in Gold will continue training at Currey Ingram Academy while the training complex is under construction.Nashville SC club release
The location is close to the Predators’ training facility at Ford Ice Center, and reasonably convenient for players who live in Nashville, Brentwood/Franklin, or even Rutherford and Wilson Counties. Given that MLS mandates (in a, uh, normal year) that some training sessions are open to the public, it’s not the worst thing in the world that the facility will be located in a heavily-Hispanic area of town. Nashville has done a much better job in the past year-plus courting what has traditionally been a soccer-mad community, and some access to the game could help turn soccer fans into Nashville SC fans at a greater rate.
The portions of the development in addition to training fields – a gym facility and technical staff offices, yes, but also the non-soccer elements – are an interesting twist and could make the location more of a destination (and feel less remote to those who live within the city’s core).
For the time being, the team’s continued training at Currey Ingram Academy – which will host the Nashville SC Academy in the long run – will allow them to still have some pristine practice conditions. Indeed, by the time the first team vacates that site, it will almost certainly be one of MLS’s finest Academy-only (no attached competition venue or first-team training facility) sites.