In an announcement Wednesday afternoon, MLS confirmed Nashville SC as the first expansion city for the next round of expansion.
“We are thrilled about what this means for the city of Nashville and our soccer community,” said Nashville SC CEO Court Jeske. “Our ownership has done an exceptional job in their pursuit of MLS. Nashville SC will represent the city’s pro soccer movement as we prepare for MLS, and Nashville’s passionate soccer fans will continue at the heart of this incredible movement.”
Pretty cool news for Washington, Missouri’s Matt Pickens who you may recall was the first signing for Nashville SC and is now in line to return to MLS where he played six years for the Colorado Rapids.
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In October, 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 27,500-seat stadium would be among the largest new soccer-specific MLS stadiums built in recent years.
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. More about the project can be found at The Tennessean