Just days after the announcement that Tennessee’s second-largest city, Memphis, would overhaul four of its sports venues, across the state in Nashville, NFL franchise the Tennessee Titans has unveiled the design for its new 1.7-million-square-foot stadium featuring elements such as an enclosed roof and wraparound terraces.
Renderings of the proposed 60,000-seat stadium from Kansas City–based firm MANICA and local firm HASTINGS, reveal the multifunctional facility, which according to the Titans is “inspired by the city of Nashville” and meant to blend in with the developments of the city’s East Bank, a former industrial parcel along the Cumberland River that’s currently undergoing a revitalization following urban renewal projects in the 20th century. The two firms were tapped by the team “to inform site planning and cost estimates.” An architect of record for the project has not yet been announced. HASTINGS also recently served as design architect alongside Populous, in the role of design architect and architect of record, on GEODIS Park, a stadium complex for the newly established soccer club Nashville SC. Similar to HASTINGS, MANICA, led by former HOK Sport (now Populous) lead designer David Manica, is also no stranger to designing large pro sports venues, working on a range of high-profile projects including Allegiant Stadium, home field for the Las Vegas Raiders.
In addition to hosting Tennessee Titans home games, Nashville’s newest stadium will also be used by Tennessee State University and host sport- and community-oriented events including Final Fours, College Football Playoffs, Wrestlemanias, and potentially the Super Bowl. Car manufacturer Nissan purchased the naming rights for the stadium in 2015 and holds a 20-year contract with the team, whether the new stadium will also bear the name has not been reported.
The new stadium will be an anchor of the proposed reimagining of the East Bank. It will rise on a site east of the HOK Sport-designed Nissan Stadium, current home of the Titans, which would eventually be demolished and its site transformed to park space. The team will continue to use its current stadium while planning and construction of the new stadium is underway.
“We envision a potential new stadium that makes our community proud and enhances the reputation of our great city and state,” said Titans president and CEO Burke Nihill in a press statement. “We’re focused on designing a stadium capable of hosting a prestigious international event on a Sunday and a steady flow of impactful community programming later that same week. This is a building that would serve Nashville and Tennessee for generations.”
The proposed design occupies a square footprint and a key element of the design is its circular, weatherproof “translucent” roof, which would be constructed using Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE). The high-tech lightweight plastic was also used on Allegiant Stadium and to form the structural shell of the Los Angeles Ram’s SoFi Stadium.
Other elements of the proposed stadium are terraces and porches that wrap around the facility forming dining and event space that offers fans sweeping views of the Nashville skyline and adjacent riverfront. Within the arena, field visibility will be improved with new seating experiences for game attendees.
In addition to the field and stadium concourse, there are also plans for a 12,000-square-foot community hub for programming helmed by local nonprofits and other groups.
The Titans also announced the new design would implement environmental strategies that keep waste and water and energy usage to a minimum through sustainable building materials and systems. It will target LEED Gold certification.
As for the total price tag, the project is estimated to cost $2.1 billion with funding for its development coming in from several contributors, including the Titans license sales, the NFL, state legislator bonds, and Metro Sports Authority revenue bonds sourced from a new 1 percent countywide hotel occupancy tax, in-stadium sales tax, and half of local sales tax revenues.
The project is still very much in its preliminary stages; city approval and community outreach are still in the works. In a recent interview with TennnesseeTitans.com, Nihill said shovels could break ground as early as fall 2023, with the first kickoff penciled in for the 2026 season.