Nashville SC expecting 50,000-plus crowd at inaugural MLS home game

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Major League Soccer expansion team Nashville SC is expecting a crowd of more than 50,000 supporters for its inaugural home game this weekend.

Nashville SC chief executive Ian Ayre says the team has been selling more than 1,000 tickets a day, and with good weather expected for the game against local rivals Atlanta United at Nissan Stadium on February 29,  the crowd could climb even higher.

“All the way through the journey, particularly on tickets, a lot of the constant messaging we were getting from Ticketmaster, Nissan Stadium and other teams here was that this was a late market, people come late,” Ayre said at a MLS media day in New York City.

“The market has shown fantastic support in the last month or so. We’ve just opened the final section of the stadium, so who knows? Any number is possible,” he said.

Ayre said Atlanta United will be well supported at the game, with around 1,500 tickets sold for the visiting team’s fans.

Nashville SC will play at the 65,000-capacity Nissan Stadium, the home of the National Football League’s Tennessee Titans, for at least two years while their 30,000-capacity soccer-specific stadium is being built.

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