Why the Titans Agree to Build a New NFL Stadium That’s the Smallest

NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) – In the shadow of the current home of the Tennessee Titans, NewsChannel 5 found Titans fans excited about the possibility of a new stadium.

“Well, I’d like a new stadium,” said Jennifer Booker, a Titans fan.

“I like the idea, especially the prospect of having bigger games, league games, national league games, Super Bowls, things like that, I think that would be really cool,” said Matt Tabor, another fan who visits the Titans Team Store.

The team pitches an enclosed stadium with a translucent roof, claiming there will be no bad seats in the new home.

“Each seat was pulled further forward and a little steeper. This means that the view of the game or concert is closer and better than in the existing building. In fact, the entire upper deck is being pulled about 30 feet closer,” he told David Manica, the architect behind the proposal, during a November 9 Metro Council committee meeting.

But to the surprise of many fans, seats in a new stadium will actually be reduced by 9,000. With just 60,000 seats, a new Titans Stadium would be the smallest venue in the NFL.

“That’s the best thinking in the industry right now,” Titans CEO Burke Nihill said at a recent meeting.

Nihill added that reducing capacity not only provides better visibility, it’s also a business decision.

“It’s a bit of a painful experience because it’s my job to make sure we sell out the stadium. We don’t sell out the stadium for most of our games,” Nihill told Metro Council members.

Reduced capacity isn’t a deal breaker for Matt Tabor.

“It kind of stinks that it’s going to be less, but I think it’s going to be something like some of the newer stadiums, have some things that are standing room only, kind of more or an atmosphere where people can hang out at games.” said the Titans fan.

But is the $2.1 billion price tag worth it for all Nashvillians?

As the Metro Council makes its decision, they will be heard directly by the public at East High Magnet High School Monday night at 6 p.m. The Council must consider the Titans’ proposal in three sessions before proceeding with an official vote.

Meanwhile — WWE has made a verbal commitment to the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation to bring Wrestle Mania to Nashville in 2027 — if a closed stadium is built.

It’s a seven-night production and the biggest WWE event of the year. The NCVB calls the event “CMA Fest on Steroids”.

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