Ian Ayre, the former Liverpool FC board director, who last year took the same role with Nashville SC, has penned an open letter to fans providing updates on the 2020 MLS expansion club, conceding the team will not move to its new stadium until 2022. Nashville SC currently competes in the second division USL Championship.
The most significant piece of news from his letter is that Ayre announcing that the club will not move into its proposed soccer-specific-stadium until the 2022 MLS season. This comes a week after fellow 2020 expansion team Inter Miami CF announced it would play its first two seasons at Fort Lauderdale’s Lockhart Stadium while its soccer-specific-stadium in Miami was built.
Commenting on the stadium situation, Ayre says: “Given the size, scope and challenges in building what will be the largest soccer-specific stadium in the US, we have adjusted our construction timeline such that we will begin play in our new stadium at the start of the 2022 MLS season.
“We continue to make progress on our new MLS stadium. I have found in my experience of building stadiums and facilities, it is important to design the stadium from the inside out, so that it is first and foremost fit for purpose, and it is equally important to get it done right rather than get it done quickly.”
Nashville SC will play at least the 2020 and 2021 seasons at the Tennessee Titans’ Nissan Stadium.
Ayre ruled out the possibility of moving in the middle of the 2021 season, even though many MLS teams, most recently DC United, have recently made similar mid-season moves to permanent homes. “Moving into a new facility in the middle of the 2021 season and losing home field advantage could negatively affect our team on the field, and equally we believe this decision avoids disruption to our ticket-holders mid-season,” Ayre wrote.