Nashville SC will have the grand opening of the 30,000-seat GEODIS Park – the largest soccer-specific stadium in the United States on Sunday.
The team’s inaugural home match will see Nashville SC face the Eastern Conference’s top-seeded Philadelphia Union and will be showcased nationally on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 4 p.m. ET.
The stadium holds 30,000.
With 10 stadiums built or renovated for an MLS team in the last six years, the opening of GEODIS Park marks a major milestone for the league, giving MLS the greatest number of new stadiums opened by any major league sport in recent years.
Those stadiums mean nearly a quarter million new seats (245,500) have been installed to host soccer fans since 2017 – a total that surpasses the NFL’s 211,000 new seats accounted for in three new 70,000-plus capacity venues.
The construction of GEODIS Park has employed more than 6,000 people over the course of construction – 49 percent of which were women or people of color.
New Stadiums Opened by Major North American Sports Leagues Since 2016
|1||MLS||Orlando City SC||Exploria Stadium||2017|
|2||MLS||Atlanta United||Mercedes-Benz Stadium||2017|
|3||MLS||Los Angeles Football Club||Banc of California Stadium||2018|
|4||MLS||D.C. United||Audi Field||2018|
|5||MLS||Minnesota United FC||Allianz Field||2019|
|6||MLS||Inter Miami CF||DRV PNK||2020|
|7||MLS||FC Cincinnati||TQL Stadium||2021|
|8||MLS||Austin FC||Q2 Stadium||2021|
|9||MLS||Columbus Crew||Lower.com Field||2021|
|10||MLS||Nashville SC||GEODIS Park||2022|
|1||NBA||Detroit Pistons||Little Caesars Arena||2017|
|2||NBA||Golden State Warriors||Chase Center||2019|
|3||NBA||Milwaukee Bucks||Fiserv Forum||2018|
|4||NBA||Sacramento Kings||Golden 1 Center||2016|
|1||NFL||LA Chargers / LA Rams||SoFi Stadium||2020|
|2||NFL||Las Vegas Raiders||Allegiant Stadium||2020|
|3||NFL||Atlanta Falcons||Mercedes-Benz Stadium||2017|
|1||NHL||New York Islanders||UBS Arena||2021|
|2||NHL||Detroit Red Wings||Little Caesars Arena||2017|
|3||NHL||Edmonton Oilers||Rogers Place||2016|
|4||NHL||Vegas Golden Knights||T-Mobile Arena||2016|
|1||MLB||Texas Rangers||Globe Life Field||2020|
|2||MLB||Atlanta Braves||Truist Park||2017|
*Note: Later in the year, St. Louis CITY SC will complete construction on Centene Stadium, ahead of the club’s inaugural season in 2023. With the addition of new stadiums in Nashville and St. Louis, MLS will have 26 stadiums built or reimagined for MLS clubs.
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