LOOK: Renderings released for potential off-campus stadium for Vanderbilt
Could the Commodores end up moving away from Vanderbilt Stadium and Nashville’s West End to play American football in a soccer stadium?
A Nashville investor group bidding for a Major League Soccer expansion franchise in Nashville unveiled preliminary designs Monday for a 30,000-seat stadium, according to The Tennessean.
Here is a look at those renderings:
The proposed stadium would be located near The Fairgrounds Nashville on the south side of the city.
So how does Vanderbilt Football factor into this soccer scenario?
“The stadium is envisioned as a ‘dual-purpose’ facility in case Vanderbilt University wants to move forward with a proposal to share the stadium with MLS and make it the new home of their football team,” The Tennessean reported.
Apparently, there have been ongoing talks between Nashville Soccer Club Holdings chairman John Ingram, who is the leading bidder for the stadium, and Vanderbilt on sharing the stadium.
“Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor David Williams was on hand Monday and confirmed the school remains interested,” the report stated. “He said the stadium would need to hold between 33,000 and 35,000 people for a shared-facility scenario to work. Architects have designed the stadium in a way that keeps this option open.”
It also was reported that the project still lacks a cost figure and financing plan.