When Nashville SC plays its inaugural Major League Soccer match against Atlanta United FC on Feb. 29, Nissan Stadium is expected to be packed in.
Nashville SC announced Thursday that it will open up the top level of the NFL stadium — the 300 section — to fans due to a high demand for tickets for the club’s first-ever MLS game.
The club says it has already sold 30,000 tickets for the match. Nissan Stadium has a capacity of 69,143.
“Surpassing the 30,000 tickets sold already represents the largest crowd in Nashville SC’s short history in professional soccer,” Nashville SC CEO Ian Ayre said in a statement. “We want to keep the momentum going and show everyone here in Nashville and around the world that Nashville SC has arrived in the Major League, with a historic attendance. It’s the hottest ticket in town and we are promising to put on a world class show and a night to remember. Everyone should want to play their part in this historic night for Nashville.”
In the lead-up to its MLS debut, Nashville SC has spent the last two seasons playing in the USL Championship. The club played the majority of its games at First Tennessee Park, a venue primarily used for minor league baseball. The club averaged about 7,000 fans per-game in 2019, which was sixth-best in all of the USL Championship.
Nashville SC is aiming to build a soccer-specific stadium, but will play all of its home games this year at Nissan Stadium, which is home to the NFL’s Tennessee Titans.
The metro council in Nashville approved a $250 million soccer stadium project in 2017, but Nashville Mayor John Cooper has stalled on signing documents that would allow the project to start. Nashville SC and MLS released a joint statement on the matter last week.