Nashville SC’s stadium construction at the Fairgrounds is ahead of schedule, and the club have moved the substantial completion date to early April 2022. This is a month earlier than the previous estimate of May 2022, and will allow the club to play all 17 home matches in the 2022 Major League Soccer season at the new venue.
“This is really a tremendous accomplishment,” Nashville SC representative Mary Cavarra told the Nashville Sports Authority on Thursday. “It reflects the strong collaboration of all the parties from the Fairgrounds to the Sports Authority to the various Metro departments, to Mortenson/Messer to CAA/ICON to the folks at the club. It’s really Nashvillians pulling together to make this happen, and we’re very proud of that.”
With the 2022 MLS season’s February 26th opening date the earliest in league history, Nashville had been faced with the possibility of a multi-month road trip to start the season, or playing a handful of home matches at Nissan Stadium before switching venues mid-season. The early April completion date should shorten their road trip to start the 2022 season.
The Sports Authority meeting also provided updates on other aspects of the construction process:
- The stadium project remains on-budget, with a total of $233 million paid to date by direct funding from Walsh Management LLC and revenue bonds
- The natural grass playing surface will be installed in March 2022
- The club continues to develop their plan for parking and transportation and will present a final plan to the Sports Authority in January.
Nashville SC have scheduled an in-person press conference for Monday morning at the stadium for a special announcement. We’ll have full coverage of the event at Broadway Sports Media.