Nissan Stadium

Capacity60 000
Country United States of America
ClubsTennessee Titans
CategoryDesign awaiting implementation
Cost$2.1 B
Design Manica Architecture


Nissan Stadium – design description

How did plans for a new stadium for the Tennessee Titans originate?

The NFL team Tennessee Titans' current facility, Nissan Stadium, was built between 1997 and 1999, when the team moved from Houston to Nashville. Prior to the stadium's construction, a lease agreement was signed with the city, requiring the local authority to bear the costs of maintaining and renovating the arena.

With the cost of upgrades rising, in early 2022 the Titans, together with the local authorities, began to question the economic sense of keeping things as they were. A subsequent study by Venue Solutions Group showed that the continued cost of maintaining the facility until the end of the contract (2039) would total between $1.75bn and $1.95bn.

The calculations showed that in this situation it would make financial sense to build a new stadium. Thus, preliminary explorations for the possible construction of a new facility began (the possibility of redeveloping Nissan Stadium had previously been rejected). In October 2022, the first renderings of the new stadium, prepared by Manica Architecture, were presented.

What will the new Tennessee Titans stadium be like?

The new arena would be built next to Nissan Stadium, to the east of it, on the site previously occupied by car parking lots. A new ground lease is to be signed for 30 years. The facility would be able to hold around 60,000 spectators, almost 10,000 fewer seats than the existing stadium, and would become the smallest capacity venue in the NFL, although it would also rank among the most modern.

One of the major features of the stadium would be its fully enclosed roof, covering not only the stands but also the field. The canopy would be permanently installed (not retractable) and is to be covered with a translucent ETFE material. The stands will be divided into four tiers and are expected to provide very good visibility from each section. The facility is to have extensive premium seating and offer the possibility to buy personalised seats. The stadium will also feature LED screens and the pitch will have an artificial surface.

Inside, there will be numerous spaces for business and the extensive commercial offer will ensure that the facility will also be vibrant outside of match days and generate revenue to cover its maintenance costs. Numerous food and beverage outlets and hospitality offerings are expected to have a positive impact on the spectator experience during matches.

The outside of the stadium will feature terraces with views of the city. The exterior of the facility is inspired by Nashville's distinctive architecture. Next to the stadium, a 12,000-square-foot plaza will be created for outdoor events or as a meeting and recreational space for the local community.

The stadium is also to feature a number of environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions, aimed at minimising the amount of waste produced and the use of water and grid electricity. The aim for the designers is to meet the conditions for LEED Gold certification.

In November 2023, it was announced that a sponsorship agreement had been reached, under which the new facility will be named Nissan Stadium (initially the name Tennessee Stadium was used). The agreement is expected to run for 20 years. This is a continuation of the partnership, as the name Nissan Stadium has been carried by the existing Tennessee Titans facility since 2015.

What events will take place at the new stadium in Nashville?

The main user of the stadium will be the NFL team Tennesse Titans, hence it has been designed primarily as an football arena. Four games per season at the facility are also to be played by the Tennessee State Tigers college football team, free of charge for use of the arena.

The facility is expected to be suitable for hosting major events such as the Super Bowl, College Football Playoff National Championship and for example WrestleMania. In addition, the stadium will enhance Nashville's offering in terms of hosting major concerts and festivals, reinforcing its reputation as a 'music city'.

What are the costs of building a new stadium for the Tennessee Titans?

The cost of building the stadium is estimated at $2.1 billion, of which $840 million is to be provided by the Tennessee Titans (support for these expenses is to be provided by the NFL), $500 million is to be contributed by the State of Tennessee and $760 million is to come from the metropolitan authorities. The total contribution from public finances will be $1.26 billion, which will be the largest such subsidy for the construction of an NFL stadium in history.

However, the metropolitan authorities will no longer have to bear the high maintenance costs of Nissan Stadium. Upkeep of the new facility will be taken on by the Tennessee Titans, although with an extensive commercial offering and a focus on hosting as many events as possible, the facility should earn its own money. Metropolitan's approval of the grant allows it to leverage additional investment funds from the state or NFL league. The new stadium should also bring in more tax revenue for the local budget.

In addition to the economic rationale, the decision to build a new stadium also means significant branding benefits. Nashville will have a unique, state-of-the-art stadium capable of hosting major events. The facility will fit in with the trend of extremely expensive, fully-covered stadiums that have been built recently for several NFL teams and will serve residents for decades to come. In addition, the city will gain the land left behind by Nissan Stadium (once the new arena opens, the old stadium will be demolished), which can be used for housing, green space and other community amenities.

When will the new Tennessee Titans stadium be built?

Although the financial model has already been worked out, obtaining money from public funds still requires additional procedures. In the meantime, public consultations and work on the architectural design are also to be carried out. According to information provided in the second half of 2023, construction could begin in spring or summer 2024, with the stadium scheduled to open in 2027.



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