New to Nashville? One thing you should know is that sports are a BIG deal in the Music City. So as a newcomer, let’s get you up to date on Nashville sports.
It is nearing the end of the regular season for hockey and our Nashville Predators are primed for the playoffs. As second in the central division, the Preds just made some nice additions to the team with Mikael Granlund and Wayne Simmonds on the last day for trading. Granlund and Simmonds add to the depth of the team and are sure to help them for the fight for the Stanley Cup this year. The Nashville Predators have turned Nashville into a hockey town for sure. If you missed the last two playoffs, then you don’t quite know how crazy it can get here. With watch parties that close down Broadway and several watch parties at local establishments around Nashville, you’ll have a blast joining in on the “Fang Fingers” and “RV” chants. Welcome to Smashville!
Now this is the south and you can’t have the south without football! Nashville is also home to the Tennessee Titans. They have been up and down in recent years when it comes to success. Quarterback, Marcus Mariota, has shown promising signs, but has dealt with injury and inconsistency through much of his first few years. The Titans close to clenching a spot in the playoffs this season, but fell to the Colts. Two years ago in 2017, it was the first time the team made the playoffs in nearly a decade. They did well in the first round, beating the Chiefs to advance to the divisional round, but fell to the Patriots. It has been a while since our team has visited the SuperBowl, but each year Nashville stands behind their team with the promise of the new year. Not to mention the games still have all that Nashville energy, so you are sure to have a great time.
Not only is Nashville home to these amazing national team, but we have a minor league team, the Nashville Sounds. With a new stadium with great crowd pleasers like corn hole, outdoor bars, and several outdoor games. A day at the baseball field should definitely be a stop as a newcomer.
You’ll also notice we do get excited about college sports here in Middle Tennessee. Vanderbilt and Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). Both are Division 1 and have had some exciting moments over the years. Vanderbilt competes in the highly competitive SEC, where they face tough opponents like Alabama and Georgia. MTSU has been to bowl games in four straight seasons, including a win over Arkansas State in the Camellia Bowl in 2017.
Nashville also just got a new soccer team, Nashville Soccer Club. Just awarded an MLS expansion, Nashville Soccer Club will mimic the Predators’ team colors and are currently finishing up preseason at the First Tennessee Park. Atlanta United FC, Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City are expected to be our main rivals and Nashville is up for some friendly rivalry!
Nashville has it all when it comes to sports. So whether you enjoy basketball, football, soccer, or some hockey, you are sure to find a great game with fantastic fan energy.