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Nashville's Major League Soccer team will kick off its first season in 2020 at Nissan Stadium. The team's permanent home at the fairgrounds is expected to be ready for the second season in 2021.
CEO of the Nashville MLS franchise Ian Ayre told The Tennessean that officials decided on the 2020 launch at a recent league meeting in Chicago.
"That's been confirmed now by the league," Ayre told the publication. "We've always been working to that date and at the recent league meetings that was confirmed.
"I don't think it was a surprise. It was just a bit of sequencing. It doesn't change anything for us. We're very happy to be starting then," he added.
Ayre says he expects the 30,500-seat stadium at the fairgrounds to be finished in time for the 2021 season.
"In terms of this city, (Nissan Stadium) ticks all the boxes that we would need for that interim solution: Good stadium, good facilities, good capacity. We're just excited to get going," Ayre said. "There's still some bits and pieces, work in progress, but it's more of an operational discussion than some big negotiation."
Meanwhile, Nashville SC will play its second season at First Tennessee Park. The team begins its regular season March 9 with a home game against Loudoun United FC.