Spectator Sports–Titans, Predators, Nashville SC and Beyond
Spectator sports in Nashville cater to a variety of rabid fans. In addition to the Tennessee Titans, Nashville Predators, Nashville SC and Nashville Sounds, we host races and even roller derby matches.
Although we haven’t exactly made it to the Superbowl lately, it’s still fun to take in a NFL game in our beautiful stadium, just across the river from downtown. Many of their practices are also open for public viewing. Here’s a look at Nissan Stadium’s seating chart. (Top photo: Flickr, Brent Moore)
Friday, August 25 vs. New England
Sunday, Sept. 10 vs. Los Angeles
Sunday, Oct. 1 vs. Cincinnati
Sunday, Oct. 15 vs. Baltimore
Sunday, Oct. 29 vs. Atlanta
Sunday, Nov. 26 vs. Carolina
Sunday, Dec. 3 vs. Indianapolis
Sunday, Dec. 17 vs. Houston
Sunday, Dec. 24 vs. Seattle
Sunday, Jan. 7 vs. Jacksonville
Yes, it’s currently king of among Nashville spectator sports but which is more fun to watch: the team on the ice and the Fang-natic fans in the stands? It’s a toss-up (or a face-off). You don’t even have to like hockey to have a good time at games. Where should you sit? Get a view of your view here.
Thursday, Oct. 12 vs. Kraken
Tuesday, Oct. 17 vs. Oilers
Saturday, Oct. 21 vs. Sharks
Tuesday, Oct. 24 vs. Canucks
Saturday, Oct. 28 vs. Maple Leafs
Saturday, Nov. 11 vs. Coyotes
Tuesday Nov. 14 vs. Ducks
Saturday, Nov. 18 vs. Blackhawks
Monday, Nov. 20 vs. Avalanche
Wednesday, Nov. 22 vs. Flames
Sunday, Nov. 26 vs. Jets
Tuesday, Nov. 28 vs. Penguins
Thursday, Nov. 30 vs. Wild
Saturday, Dec. 2 vs. Rangers
Thursday, Dec. 7 vs. Lightning
Tuesday, Dec. 12 vs. Flyers
Saturday, Dec. 16 vs. Capitals
Tuesday, Dec. 19 vs. Canucks
Saturday, Dec. 23 vs. Stars
Wednesday, Dec. 27 vs. Hurricanes
Tuesday, Jan. 2 vs Blackhawks
Thursday, Jan. 4 vs. Flames
Tuesday, Jan. 9 vs. Ducks
Saturday, Jan. 13 vs. Islanders
Monday, Jan. 22 vs. Panthers
Wednesday, Jan. 31 vs. Kings
Saturday, Feb. 10 vs. Coyotes
Tuesday, Feb. 13 vs. Devils
Thursday, Feb. 15 vs. Stars
Tuesday, Feb 27 vs. Senators
Thursday, Feb. 29 vs. Wild
Saturday, March 2 vs. Avalanche
Tuesday, March 5 vs. Canadiens
Tuesday, March 7 vs. Sabres
Tuesday, March 19 vs. Sharks
Saturday, March 23 vs. Red Wings
Tuesday, March 26 vs. Golden Knights
Tuesday, April 2 vs. Bruins
Thursday, April 4 vs. Blues
Tuesday, April 9 vs. Jets
Saturday, April 13 vs. Blue Jackets
Our newfound love for professional soccer is proudly on display in GEODIS Stadium, now the largest soccer-specific facility in North America with 30,000 seats. It’s just south of the city adjoining the Nashville Fairgrounds. Note: parking in the area can be challenging. So is getting a rideshare after the match.
Sunday, Aug. 20 vs. New England
Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Charlotte
Saturday, Sept. 30 vs. Seattle
Wednesday, Oct. 4 vs. Orlando
Saturday, Oct. 21 vs. New York
Dollar for dollar, I don’t think you can find a better sports bargain than a Sounds game where admission prices start at $10. First Tennessee Park is just north of downtown between the state capitol and Germantown. Seems they’ve always got some kind of crazy promotion in play. Music City Mondays often include live entertainment. Throwback Thursdays feature discounted prices on sodas and beer. Fridays feature a fireworks show after the game.
Saturday, Aug. 5 vs. Durham
Sunday, Aug. 6 vs. Durham
Tuesday, Aug. 15 vs. Charlotte
Wednesday, Aug. 16 vs. Charlotte
Now let’s explore some options that aren’t quite so obvious.
Maybe you didn’t even know that the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball exists. Well, it does and you’re welcome to cheer for the local duffers playing by rules long since amended. You’ll have to check the website for upcoming games and locations because these folks move around. Grow a handlebar mustache, gents. Don your corsets, ladies. It’s time to play ball.
No, I’m not talking about the kangaroo walk-about at the Nashville Zoo. We’re home to an Australian football that includes some card-carrying Aussies on its roster. If you’re unfamiliar with the game, it looks a bit like rugby and packs a wallop (or maybe a wallaby). The ‘Roos’ natural habitat is Elmington Park on West End Avenue but they hop about on occasion.
Nashville has a long-standing love affair with fast cars, dating back over 100 years when cars weren’t so fast. The 2023 season includes “nine action-packed weekends,” a combination of local and touring events running April 1-November 5.
Head on up to Greenbrier, TN for the roar of quarter-mile racing on a high-banked track. Formerly known (and still sometimes referred to) as Highland Rim, the owners are committed to family-friendly entertainment so put headphones on the kids and bring ’em out for a fun night of stock car racing. There’s even a Kids Zone. Adults: $15, Seniors, Students and Military: $12, Youth ages 6-12: $5, Children: Free.
Trek to Goodlettsville for your IHRA fix on this 1/8-mile drag racing track. A variety of classes of vehicles blaze down the stretch, starting in March each year.
Other Spectator Sports
Because they keep a lower profile, this is very much a work-in-progress.
Go out on the jam with the rockin’est ladies since the Fun Girls from Mt. Pilot. It’s hard-hitting fun as the Nashville All-Stars battle it out with the Nashville Brawl Stars as well as traveling teams at the Nashville Fairgrounds. The fans get so involved it’s hardly a spectator sport. With teammates with names like Princess Die and Toxic Moxie, you know it’s gonna be a hoot.
Known as the Athens of the South, we’re home to five universities with stand-out sports teams. I’ll list them alphabetically and let you hunt up your sport of choice: