Speaking of the great soccer crowds over the past few years, let’s take a look at those real quick:
2015 – USA vs. Guatemala – 44,835
2016 – Mexico vs. New Zealand – 40,287
2017 – USA vs. Panama – 47,622
2017 – Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur – 56,232
2018 – USA vs. Mexico – 40,194
All of these are attendances of games played in Nashville.
Combine that with the fact that the USL franchise is selling out a number of their games, Nashville is a solid location that is easy to get to from a wide range of cities.
I truly believe that Nashville can and should be a host for the 2026 World Cup. And on nights like Tuesday, where it’s a friendly on a weeknight, that draw over 40,000 people really help make that case. I loved being a part of it. It was a blast and I certainly hope to be able to do more of it in the future. And who knows? The Gold Cup is going back to Nashville in 2019, so maybe then.