Despite not being considered a major sports market in the United States, Nashville does have a decent presence in the professional arena. The Tennessee Titans of the NFL and the Nashville Predators of the NHL are both popular draws for locals. One report even showed that Nashville experienced the highest amount of economic growth last year out of any city in the country. With a promising outlook comes some discussion from city officials that it might be a good idea for the city to bring its first women’s professional sports team into the fold.
“When you look back to when the Titans and the Predators came to the region, there were 1.4 million people,” said Bryan Slater of CAA Icon, a firm that manages stadium development. There are 2.2 million people now in the area…that’s part of the reason for so much optimism around supporting a new team.” Via Tennessean.com
Last summer, it seemed like the city garnered interest from four major women’s professional leagues, including the WNBA(basketball), NWSL(soccer), NWHL(hockey) and the National Pro Fastpitch Softball League. City councilwoman Nancy VanReece believed that it did not matter what sport was brought to Nashville, but that the signal for progress it would convey would be very important.
“It is time to invest in professional women’s sports. It’s long past time,” she said. “I think that, particularly as we move forward to the 50th anniversary of Title IX, it’s even more appropriate we begin discussions with the public.” Via TennesseeLookout.com
At the beginning of the new year, it appears as if those efforts have centralized around women’s soccer and the NWSL. The city is building a soccer-only stadium which is supposed to be the largest of its kind in the country. The thinking is that if the city builds the infrastructure, the league, and a potential majority owner, would be very much inclined to jump in with both feet.
“If you build it, they will come. The interest is there,” said Emmett Wynn, Sports Authority(Nashville) board member. Via Tennessean.com
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