Nashville Inaugurates Biggest US Soccer Stadium in 1-1 Draw vs Union

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30,109 people turned out for Nashville SC’s first home match at the brand new GEODIS Park on Sunday evening. All tickets made available were sold for the grand opening of the biggest US soccer stadium.

Nashville's new stadiumNashville’s new stadium, GEODIS Park, can hold just over 30,000 people. (Image: Twitter/nashvillesc)

Union’s Mikael Uhre opened the scoring after 66 minutes, with Randall Leal netting Nashville’s first at their new ground from the penalty spot five minutes from time.

HISTORY IN MUSIC CITY@randall_leal NETS OUR FIRST GOAL AT GEODIS PARK pic.twitter.com/gPlynUqbRn

— Nashville SC (@NashvilleSC) May 1, 2022

Which are now the 10 largest soccer stadiums in US and Canada:

GEODIS Park (Nashville SC — 30,000)
BMO Field (Toronto FC — 28,351)
Dignity Health Sports Park (LA Galaxy — 27,000)
TQL Stadium (FC Cincinnati — 26,000)
Exploria Stadium (Orlando City — 25,500)
Red Bull Arena (New York Red Bulls — 25,000)
PNC Stadium (Houston Dynamo — 22,039)
Banc of California Stadium (LAFC — 22,000)
Q2 Stadium (Austin FC — 20,738)
Toyota Stadium (FC Dallas — 20,500)

Anibal Godoy, Nashville’s midfielder, nicknamed the new $335 million stadium “The Castle”, while local website tennessean.com called it “the soccer Cathedral of the South”.

Building the stadium was not easy, as various barriers needed to be destroyed before construction started in 2020, three years after it was supposed to. The players, the fans, and club officials agree the wait was worth it.

Nashville SC ties Philadelphia Union, 1-1, in Geodis Park debut. Here’s four memorable moments from the match. #EveryoneN #MLS https://t.co/pZwQyyDgJx via ⁦@Tennessean⁩

— Drake Hills (@LiveLifeDrake) May 1, 2022

 

“Our stadium is quite authentic,” said chief executive Ian Ayre. “It’s not as shiny and glitzy of a design as some, but it was designed to fit into this neighborhood. But it also, internally – I think it feels very traditional. It’s got four ends. It’s not a bowl it’s not a circle or what have you. Not like a racetrack-type shape,” he explained.

Nashville inaugurated its new ground against the team that knocked it out of the 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs, the Union. Philadelphia is also leading the Eastern Conference with 18 points and a 5-3-2 record.

Nashville added one point to its season total and is now ninth in the West, with a 3-3-3 record and 12 points won.

Before the MLS season kicked off, Nashville was fifth-favorite to win the MLS Cup. At +2500, Gary Smith’s boys only sit behind New England, Seattle, LAFC (all at +700), and NYCFC (at +1000) on the favorites’ list.

That first #NGUOY in @GEODISPark just hits different pic.twitter.com/b2ZbCA6IEM

— Nashville SC (@NashvilleSC) May 1, 2022

Author: Justin Graves