Candidate Host City: Nashville
Nashville is committed to growing the game of football and will leverage its multi-genre music scene and local base of music artists to offer fans an entertainment experience like no other. With live music galore, Nashville has great venues in the city to entertain and engage fans throughout the event. Nashville traces its roots back to the Revolutionary War, when it was quickly recognized as a significant port on the Cumberland River. Today, Nashville “Music City” is the vibrant home of country music in the United States backed with healthcare, insurance and finance sectors.
The city was awarded the 24th expansion team in Major League Soccer (MLS), Nashville SC, which started playing in the league in 2020. Prior to the arrival of Nashville’s MLS team, the city had various football teams; the most notable were the Nashville Metros who played from 1989 until 2012, and Nashville FC, who played in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) from 2013 to 2016. Their multi-purpose stadium has hosted international club and national team matches. In 2017, Nashville hosted the 2017 Concacaf Gold Cup as well as the International Champions Cup Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City match, which drew 56,232 attendees. A dedicated football stadium is also proposed to be located close to the downtown area.
In the wider region of Tennessee, a strong youth football presence continues to develop with more than 60,000 registered players participating through 105 different leagues statewide. The city is also home to the Tennessee Titans (NFL) and the Nashville Predators (NHL) and hosts the Music City Bowl, one of college American football’s premiere post-season championship games.