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Nissan Stadium

Nissan Stadium
Nissan Stadium Logo.svg
LP Field 2009 crop.jpg
Exterior view in 2009 with previous LP Field signage
Nissan Stadium is located in Nashville
Nissan Stadium
Nissan Stadium
Location in Nashville
Nissan Stadium is located in Tennessee
Nissan Stadium
Nissan Stadium
Location in Tennessee
Nissan Stadium is located in the United States
Nissan Stadium
Nissan Stadium
Location in the United States
Former namesAdelphia Coliseum (1999-2002)
The Coliseum (2002-2006)
LP Field (2006–2015)
Address1 Titans Way
LocationNashville, Tennessee
Coordinates36°9?59?N 86°46?17?W / 36.16639°N 86.77139°W / 36.16639; -86.77139Coordinates: 36°9?59?N 86°46?17?W / 36.16639°N 86.77139°W / 36.16639; -86.77139
OwnerMetropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County
OperatorMetropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County
Executive suites177
Capacity67,700 (1999)[1]
68,498 (2000)[2]
68,798 (2001)[3]
68,804 (2002)[4]
68,809 (2003)[5]
68,932 (2004)[6]
69,149 (2005)[7]
69,143 (2006-present)[8]
SurfaceTifsport Bermuda Sod[]
Construction
Broke groundMay 3, 1997[9]
OpenedAugust 27, 1999
Construction costUS$290 million
($445 million in 2019 dollars[10])
ArchitectHOK Sport[11]
McKissack & McKissack[11]
Moody Nolan[11]
Project managerThe Larkin Group[11]
Structural engineerThornton Tomasetti[12]
Services engineerM-E Engineers, Inc.[11]
General contractorThe Stadium Group, comprising Bovis, Jones & Jones Construction and Beers Construction[13]
Tenants
Tennessee Titans (NFL) 1999-present
Tennessee State Tigers (NCAA) 1999-present
Nashville SC (MLS) 2020-present

Nissan Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. Owned by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, it is primarily used for football and is the home field of the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL) and the Tennessee State Tigers of Tennessee State University. The stadium is also the site of the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, a postseason college football bowl game played each December, and from 2020 until 2022 will be the home field of Nashville SC of Major League Soccer (MLS). Nissan Stadium is also used for large concerts, such as the CMA Music Festival nightly concerts, which take place for four days every June. Facilities are included to enable the stadium to host other public events, meetings, parties, and gatherings.

Nissan Stadium is located on the east bank of the Cumberland River, directly across the river from downtown Nashville and has a listed seating capacity of 69,143.[14][15] Its first event was a preseason game between the Titans and the Atlanta Falcons on August 27, 1999. Since opening in 1999, it has been known by multiple names, including Adelphia Coliseum (1999-2002), The Coliseum (2002-2006), and LP Field (2006-2015).

The stadium features three levels of seating, with the lower bowl completely encompassing the field. The club and upper levels form the stadium's dual towers, rising above the lower bowl along each sideline. All of the stadium's luxury suites are located within the towers. Three levels of suites are located in the stadium's eastern tower: one between the lower and club levels, and two between the club and upper levels. The western tower has only two levels of suites, both between the club and upper levels. The pressbox is located between the lower and club levels in the western tower. Nissan Stadium's dual videoboards are located behind the lower bowl in each end zone.

The playing surface of Nissan Stadium is Tifsport Bermuda Sod, a natural grass. However, the relatively warm climate of Nashville, combined with the wear and tear of hosting a game nearly every weekend, usually results in a resodding of the area "between the hashes" in late November.

On Nissan Stadium's eastern side is the Titans Pro Shop, a retail store which sells team merchandise. It remains open year-round and maintains an exterior entrance for use on non-event dates.

History

Nissan Stadium as seen from Section 341, immediately prior to kickoff of Titans vs Texans, October 29, 2006

During the 1995 NFL Preseason, the Houston Oilers faced the Washington Redskins in an exhibition game at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. At the game, Oilers owner Bud Adams met Nashville Mayor Phil Bredesen and began discussing the possibility of moving the team to Middle Tennessee,[] due to Adams' discontent with the team's lease at the Astrodome and unwillingness of the City of Houston to build a new football-only stadium. Later that fall, Adams and Bredesen announced the team's intent to move to Nashville. The city and team decided to locate a stadium on the eastern bank of the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville, on the site of a blighted industrial development.

In a special referendum on May 7, 1996, voters in Metropolitan Nashville/Davidson County voted to approve partial funding of the proposed stadium. The vote, which allocated US$144 million of public money to the project, passed with a 59% majority.[16] The pro-stadium organization, known as "NFL Yes!" outspent the anti-stadium group by a ratio of 16:1 during the campaign.

The funds initially would be raised through an increase in the Metro water tax. The ongoing funding is through a 300% increase in Davidson County individual homeowner property taxes. Much of the remaining construction costs were funded through the sale of personal seat licenses. Some State of Tennessee money was allocated to the project, on the condition that the Tennessee State University football team move its home games there, and with the request that the incoming NFL team be named "Tennessee" (instead of "Nashville"), which the franchise was planning to do anyway, in an attempt to appeal to the broader region.[]

The stadium's construction was delayed when the construction site was hit by a tornado that struck downtown Nashville on April 16, 1998 and destroyed several cranes, but the stadium opened in time for the first scheduled event.

On May 3, 2010, the stadium's playing surface was covered with 6 feet (1.8 m) of water due to the heavy rains and flooding from the Cumberland River. The flood also reached down to the locker rooms of the stadium.[17][18]

The stadium received upgrades during the summer of 2012. Among the improvements are a new sound system, high-speed elevators to the upper levels, and LED ribbon boards mounted on the faces of the upper mezzanines. Two new HD Lighthouse brand LED video displays measuring 157 feet (48 m) by 54 feet (16 m) were installed, replacing the entire end zone scoreboard apparatuses. At the time of installation, the two boards became the second-largest displays in the National Football League (trailing only AT&T Stadium).[19]

In 2014 and 2015, the stadium hosted the Nashville Kickoff Game, a college football game featuring major NCAA teams for Tennessee.

During the 2018 season, two 20th anniversary logos were put in each of the endzones to help celebrate the Titans 20th year in Nashville. The yard line numbers were also changed to match the number style on the new uniforms.

In 2020, IndyCar announced the creation of the Music City Grand Prix. It will be carried out in Downtown Nashville and around Nissan Stadium as well as using the facilities for Club seats in August 2021.[20]

Naming rights

Adelphia Coliseum in 2002
LP Field logo, 2006-2015
Nissan Stadium in 2017

During its construction, the stadium had no official name, though it was generally referred to as "The East Bank Stadium", a reference to the stadium's location on the eastern bank of the Cumberland River. Upon its completion, it was given the name "Adelphia Coliseum" in a 15-year, $30 million naming rights arrangement with Adelphia Business Solutions, a subsidiary of the larger Adelphia telecommunications company. However, after Adelphia missed a required payment and subsequently filed for bankruptcy in 2002, the agreement was abandoned and the stadium became known simply as "The Coliseum" for four years. (Adelphia itself was dissolved in 2006.)

A naming rights deal with Nashville-based Louisiana-Pacific was inked on June 6, 2006. Louisiana-Pacific, which markets itself as "LP Building Products", paid $30 million over 10 years for naming rights.[21] LP's influence inside the stadium led to the creation of the LP Building Zones in 2007, located beneath the giant scoreboards from Daktronics at the north and south ends of the stadium. The concession stands and restrooms in these two areas were decorated to look like suburban homes using LP products.

On June 24, 2015, car manufacturer Nissan, which has its North American headquarters just south of Nashville in Franklin and operates a large manufacturing plant in nearby Smyrna, bought the naming rights for the stadium in a 20-year contract, rebranding the stadium as Nissan Stadium.[22][23] As part of the sponsor agreement, a 2016 Nissan Titan pickup truck was placed next to the stadium scoreboard.[24]

Tennessee Titans

Downtown Nashville as viewed from the upper decks of Nissan Stadium

The Tennessee Titans have posted an impressive record at Nissan Stadium since moving there in 1999, including winning their first 13 games before losing to the Baltimore Ravens on November 12, 2000.[25] Overall, the Titans are 95-73 in the regular season and 2-2 in playoff games at Nissan Stadium. Every Titans home game (including preseason) has been a sellout since the stadium opened in 1999. This is due to fans purchasing season tickets associated with the personal seat licenses each season ticketholder must own. The seat licenses helped finance construction of the stadium. There is a long waiting list for personal seat licenses, as well as season tickets.

Music City Miracle

On January 8, 2000, one of the most memorable and debated plays in NFL history took place at then-Adelphia Coliseum. The "Music City Miracle" (as it has come to be known) was a last-minute trick play on a kickoff return that resulted in a touchdown and catapulted the Titans past the Buffalo Bills to the Divisional Playoffs. It also ensured that the Titans would go undefeated in the first season in the team's new home. The victory was seen in front of a franchise-record crowd. [26]

Soccer

Nissan Stadium regularly hosts soccer matches featuring the United States men's national team as well as by the women's national team and visiting professional clubs. The venue was first used for soccer on April 20, 2004 in an exhibition game between the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer and Tecos UAG of the Mexican Primera División.[27] Since then Nissan Stadium has been used for friendly matches by the U.S. women versus Canada in 2004, a return of Tecos against rival F.C. Atlas in 2005, and the U.S. men versus Morocco in 2006.[28] The stadium helped host the CONCACAF men's 2008 and 2012 qualifying tournaments for the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.[29][30]

On April 1, 2009, the U.S. men's national team played a World Cup qualifier beating Trinidad and Tobago, 3-0. The match saw Jozy Altidore become the youngest American to score a hat trick for the national team.[31][32] The U.S. men returned March 29, 2011 falling to Paraguay in a friendly before a record crowd of 29,059 - the largest to attend a soccer game in the state of Tennessee.[33]

Nissan Stadium was chosen for two games of the Group Stage for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Major League Soccer club Nashville SC will play their first two seasons in Nissan Stadium beginning in February, 2020.[34]

The record crowd for a soccer game played in Tennessee is 56,232 and was set on July 29, 2017, when English Premier League clubs Manchester City and Tottenham played an exhibition match at Nissan Stadium.[35]

Concerts and events

Nissan Stadium can also serve as a large concert venue. The main stage for the annual CMA Music Festival, held every June, is located in the stadium.[36]

Date Artist Opening act(s) Tour / Concert name Attendance Revenue Notes
April 30, 2000 George Strait Tim McGraw
Martina McBride
Kenny Chesney
Mark Chestnut
Asleep at the Wheel
Nokia Presents The Chevy Truck Country Music Festival N/A N/A First concert to be held at the stadium.
May 14, 2000 NSYNC P!nk
Sisqo
No Strings Attached Tour N/A N/A -
July 8, 2006 Kenny Chesney Dierks Bentley
Big & Rich
Little Big Town
Gretchen Wilson
The Road and the Radio Tour 47,699 / 47,699 $2,681,562 Guest appearances by Keith Urban & Uncle Kracker.
July 5, 2008 Kenny Chesney Keith Urban
Sammy Hagar
LeAnn Rimes
Gary Allen
The Poets and Pirates Tour N/A N/A -
June 23, 2012 Kenny Chesney
Tim McGraw
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Jake Owen
Brothers of the Sun Tour 49,869 / 52,332 $3,622,116 -
August 19, 2014 One Direction 5 Seconds of Summer Where We Are Tour 53,472 / 53,472 $4,286,308 -
June 17, 2015 The Rolling Stones Brad Paisley Zip Code Tour 47,242 / 47,242 $8,416,049 -
July 9, 2016 Guns N' Roses Chris Stapleton Not in This Lifetime... Tour 42,824 / 42,824 $4,765,878 Guest appearance by original drummer Steven Adler, for songs My Michelle & Out Ta Get Me.
October 2, 2016 Beyoncé DJ Khaled The Formation World Tour 43,013 / 43,013 $5,182,345 Originally scheduled to take place on May 5, 2016, but was rescheduled for unknown reasons. First female to headline Nissan Stadium.
August 11, 2018 Kenny Chesney Thomas Rhett
Old Dominion
Brandon Lay
Trip Around the Sun Tour 55,182 / 55,182 $5,471,438 Guest appearance by David Lee Murphy.
August 25, 2018 Taylor Swift Camila Cabello
Charli XCX
Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour 56,112 / 56,112 $9,007,179 Guest appearances by Tim McGraw & Faith Hill.
October 6, 2018 Ed Sheeran Snow Patrol
Lauv
÷ Tour 45,888 / 45,888 $3,954,931 -
May 25, 2019 Eric Church N/A Double Down Tour 56,521 / 56,521 $5,800,000 Current concert attendance record.
May 15, 2021 Kenny Chesney Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Chillaxification Tour TBA TBA Originally scheduled to take place on June 27, 2020, but was rescheduled for due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
June 19, 2021 Mötley Crüe
Def Leppard
Poison
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Tuk Smith and The Restless Hearts
The Stadium Tour TBA TBA Originally scheduled to take place on June 29, 2020, but was rescheduled for due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be the first Mötley Crüe show since December 31, 2015.
TBA The Rolling Stones TBA No Filter Tour TBA TBA Originally scheduled to take place on May 20, 2020, but was rescheduled for due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cancelled concerts

Date Artist Opening act(s) Tour / Concert name Attendance Revenue Notes
July 11, 2020 Justin Bieber Jaden Smith
Kehlani
Changes Tour N/A N/A Originally scheduled to take place at Nissan Stadium on July 11, 2020, but was rescheduled at Bridgestone Arena due to poor ticket sales. The whole tour was eventually cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

See also

References

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