MLS awards Nashville with the league’s 24th franchise

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Major League Soccer has officially announced Nashville as the first of four expansion franchises.

Nashville’s team will be owned by the investment group, Nashville Soccer Holdings, LLC, led by John R. Ingram, the Chairman of Ingram Industries, Inc. Ingram’s partners in the soccer club include Minnesota Vikings owners Mark, Zygi, and Leonard Wilf, and the Turner Family, managing partners of Nashville-based MarketStreet Enterprises.

The team will play in a new, 27,500-seat soccer stadium (a private-public partnership) at The Fairgrounds Nashville in the city’s Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood.

Nashville became a viable destination with its plans for a soccer-specific stadium and its recent success in hosting major international soccer events in July 2017, including the CONCACAF Gold Cup match between the United States and Panama, which drew more than 47,000 spectators, and the state-record 56,232 fans who attended a game between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.

 

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