The group seeking to bring an MLS expansion team to the city of Nashville scored a major victory Tuesday night, as the city's Metro Council approved a $275 million stadium project by a vote of 31-6 with two abstentions. The stadium would be built on a portion of the city's fairgrounds, and includes a funding package of $225 million in the form of revenue bonds. According to the Tennessean, the resolution that passed had some last minute amendments attached, including a clause that makes the investor group liable for any cost overruns due to infrastructure improvements built for the stadium. The group would also have to pay for any construction costs in excess of what is budgeted. The approval of the stadium project puts Nashville in a great position to secure one of the two expansion slots that MLS will award in mid-December. The investor group includes local billionaire businessman John Ingram, as well as Mark Zygi, and Leonard Wilf, the majority owners of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings. Impressive crowds turned out for soccer matches earlier this summer, including an attendance of 47,622 at Nissan Stadium to witness a Gold Cup match between the U.S. and Panama.
Nashville MLS expansion bid gets boost from $275m stadium approval
ESPN FC | Nov 8