Home field advantage: Nashville SC venues through the years

If you haven’t heard, Nashville SC are set to open GEODIS Park on Sunday. With a capacity of 30,109, the state of the art venue will be the largest soccer-specific stadium in the United States or Canada.

In the eight seasons since Nashville FC began as a fan-owned, amateur club, five different stadiums have served as home venues for Music City’s soccer club. We’re looking back at all the venues Nashville have used against Sunday’s historic match:

1. Vanderbilt Soccer/Lacrosse Complex
14 matches | 8W-3D-3L | +16 goal difference

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Nashville used the Vanderbilt Soccer/Lacrosse Complex in three different seasons with three different clubs. Nashville FC played all but one of their inaugural season matches at the 2,400 venue, winning two, drawing two and losing two.

Nashville SC’s U-23 side played there ahead of their first season in USL, winning four, drawing one and losing one. And Nashville SC’s USL side played their twice in the 2018 US Open Cup, winning both matches by a combined 5-1 scoreline.

*Nashville FC data per NashvilleSoccerArchive.com

2. Vanderbilt Football Stadium
12 matches | 6W-0D-6L | +8 goal difference

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Nashville FC played their first-ever match at Vanderbilt’s football stadium before moving there permanently for the 2015 and 2016 NPSL seasons. That team won five and lost six.

Nashville SC used the venue for one US Open Cup match in 2018, with head coach Gary Smith defeating his former Colorado Rapids side 2-0.

*Nashville FC data per NashvilleSoccerArchive.com

3. First Tennessee Park
32 matches | 17W-8D-7L | +30 goal difference

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Nashville’s permanent home during their USL tenure, First Tennessee Park was a fortress for Gary Smith’s side. The club won 53% of their home matches, including a 3-1 win over Charleston Battery in the 2019 USL Championship playoffs.

4. Dean A. Hayes Stadium
2 matches | 1W-0D-1L | +1 goal difference

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Nashville SC played two US Open Cup matches on Middle Tennessee State University’s campus in 2019. They won the first before losing in penalty kicks to Charleston Battery, 45 minutes south of Nashville in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

6. Nissan Stadium
34 matches | 16W-16D-2L | +31 goal difference

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Nashville SC played their first competitive match as a professional club at Nissan Stadium, a 0-0 draw with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on March 24, 2018. In total they played four matches at Nissan as a USL club, winning two and drawing two.

Nashville used Nissan Stadium as their home venue for their first two seasons in MLS. After their debut in front of 59,069 on February 29, 2020, the club turned Nissan into a significant home field advantage, despite a Covid-restricted capacity for much of that time.

In MLS, Nashville lost just twice at Nissan Stadium. They were undefeated at Nissan in 2021, just the seventh MLS team ever to go a full season without losing at home. In their two seasons at Nissan, Nashville SC won 14, drew 14 and lost just twice, scoring 54 and conceding 27.

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On Sunday, May 1, Nashville SC will open GEODIS Park as their new home. Across eight seasons and several different iterations of the club, Nashville have lost just 19 times in 94 home matches, winning 48 and drawing 27. With state of the art venue and an a high demand for tickets, it’s easy to imagine Nashville SC’s home record continuing in their new home.

Author: Ben Wrightis the Director of Soccer Content and a Senior MLS Contributor for Broadway Sports covering Nashville SC and the US National Team. Previously Ben was the editor and a founder of Speedway Soccer, where he has covered Nashville SC and their time in USL before journeying to Major League Soccer since 2018. Raised in Louisville, KY Ben grew up playing before a knee injury ended his competitive career. When he is not talking soccer he is probably producing music, drinking coffee or hanging out with his wife and kids.

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