Fans, 47,622 fans to be exact, packed into Nissan Stadium Saturday for the 1-1 tied game between U.S. and Panama in the Gold Cup tournament. This set a new record for largest crowd to watch a soccer game in the state of Tennessee.
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Two days before organizers unveil their vision for a Fairgrounds soccer stadium, Nashville hosted the largest crowd ever to see a soccer match in Tennessee.

Between Saturday’s International Champions Cup game between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and the Gold Cup game earlier this summer, Nissan Stadium will have hosted more than 100,000 soccer fans.

That’s perfect timing as leaders of the local effort to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to Music City will make a crucial presentation regarding a possible stadium to be located at Fairgrounds Nashville.


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Supporters of the MLS effort were aware that the two big games could potentially cannibalize each other and hurt overall attendance. Instead, 56,232 came out to watch the two English Premier League powers Saturday, topping the mark set at the U.S.-Panama game, which was the best-attended Gold Cup match with 47,622 fans.

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The attendance numbers will help MLS2Nashville, the group pushing for the MLS franchise, make its sales pitch that Nashville is a soccer city.


John Ingram, owner of Nashville SC, talking about Nashville’s hopes for an MLS team.
Logan Murdock

While no financing details will be unveiled this week, the strong crowds might help convince local stakeholders of the potential economic impact of professional soccer.

“For the second time in a month, Nashville has broken the record…