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Nashville Metro Council approves funding for MLS stadium

Nashville continues to get great news on its MLS expansion efforts.

The Nashville Metro Council officially approved mayor Megan Barry’s $275 million MLS stadium financing plan by a large margin. The council voted 31 to 6 in favor of the measure, which allows for $225 million in bonds to be issued to raise the necessary funds.

Nashville is now one of two cities with secured funding for a new soccer stadium. Sacramento is the only one of the eleven other bids that have a shovel ready project.

“The Metro Council should be applauded for joining the majority of Nashvillians who say YES to Major League Soccer in Nashville,” Mayor Barry said in a written statement. “Their vote tonight puts Nashville in a very strong position to be awarded a franchise later this year by MLS.

“Thank you to John Ingram and the MLS to Nashville committee who have worked tirelessly over the last year to make this night possible for soccer supporters all across the Nashville area.”

While the bond measure will cover the majority of the funding, the remaining $50 million will be covered by private investments and a ticket tax plan. The ownership group, led by John Ingram, will cover $25 million up front, plus an additional $9 million per year for 30 years to help the city cover interest debts on the bonds.

None of the funding will go through until Nashville is officially granted an MLS franchise. The league will make its decision on it’s next two teams in early December.


  1. MLS should choose Nashville for next expansion team in the league, so we can prove to the nation that the Southerners(Atlanta, Nashville and Orlando) know how to fill the stadium.

  2. I was there last night, there were so many Nashville soccer supporters at the metro council hall they were filling the large hall outside the council chamber in addition to filling nearly the entire gallery in the council chamber itself.

    Big night for Soccer in Nashville last night. I hope MLS is listening. A stadium close to downtown near a really great part of town, combined with a huge amount of support from the local youth soccer community and the millienial fanbase will make for a really great atmosphere for a franchise. Nashville will make a great rival for ATL.

    This would be a big win for both the city and the league.


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