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Nissan Stadium

They do love their football in Tennessee, as they do throughout the South, so when the NFL came to the Volunteer State in the mid-1990s, it seemed like a natural fit.

The former Houston Oilers franchise wound up settling in Nashville, rebranding itself as the Tennessee Titans, and since then has become a big part of a city that has raised its profile significantly over the last 20 years.

Its home stadium has changed its name a few times over the years — from Adelphia Coliseum to LP Field to Nissan Stadium — but the venue remains a solid if unspectacular place to watch football. In other words, not many frills but it serves its primary purpose quite well. And its location can’t be beat in a vibrant center of a growing metropolis.

For more on visiting Nashville, check out our Nashville city guide.

  •   The Approach

    Nissan Stadium is located in what can be considered downtown Nashville, but it’s separated from all the tall buildings by the Cumberland River. That site works to the advantage of a football stadium in that it has the proximity to downtown but a fair amount of land all to itself for parking lots, space for tailgating and so on.

    Interstate 24 runs right by the stadium, though the two closest exits, Shelby Avenue and James Robertson Parkway, get clogged up as game time approaches (not surprisingly). Both exits lead to the numerous lots immediately surrounding the stadium, but all of them are permit-only for Titans games. If you don’t have a permit, aren’t planning to tailgate and you don’t mind a little walking, an alternate approach to avoid the traffic is to head into the downtown core, in essence driving away from the stadium, and park in one of the many structures downtown. In fact, the Metro Courthouse Garage advertises a $5 rate for events, including Titans games, and from there it’s just a short walk across the river.

    Wherever you park downtown, try to get as close to First Avenue as possible — that means you’re closer to the river, and thus closer to the stadium. There are two main river-crossing points, at Woodland Avenue and, further south, along the John Siegenthaler Pedestrian Bridge.

    If you’re looking to make sure that game day goes smoothly and unconcerned with price you may want to give Parking Panda a look. This is a service that allows you to reserve guaranteed parking spots ahead of time. Simply hop on their website, pay for a spot that works for you, and they’ll email you the parking pass. No matter how crazy downtown Nashville gets on game day, you’ll have a spot waiting for you. Check it out in the window below:

  •   The Build-Up

    If you’ve chosen to park downtown and walk, you’re in luck. There are plenty of places to eat and drink along the way to the stadium — downtown Nashville is full of bars and restaurants that cater to the football fan.

    A good starting point is along Broadway, where numerous honky-tonk bars set up shop between the river and Bridgestone Arena. Also check out First and Second avenues north of Broadway, with bars and restaurants both familiar and independent filling up most of the blocks.

    The tailgating scene in front of the stadium is typical of any NFL stadium around the country, but for a unique perspective, check out the bluff on the west side of the Cumberland River opposite the stadium, where some enterprising fans will set up tailgate camps with small grills, lawn chairs and a view of the venue that can’t be beat.

  •   The Ambiance

    Once inside, Nissan Stadium is a fairly unremarkable venue, symmetrical with only one level of seating behind each end zone. But at least the plazas behind each end zone is where you can survey your food options — most of the major concessionaires are represented there, in booths that look a little bit they got plucked from Frontierland at Disneyland, or at least your local county fair.

    You’ll find vendors such as Logan’s Roadhouse and Papa John’s, which also operate stands throughout the stadium. Like many other venues, Nissan Stadium has also worked to make their food options more adventurous — you can see a list of new items as of the 2018 season at this link.

    After their arrival in Tennessee, the Titans enjoyed a few heady seasons in the late 1990s and early 2000s, a period that included a trip to the Super Bowl and a legendary play now known as the “Music City Miracle” which took place on these grounds. Since then, they’ve been mostly up-and-down, so depending on the way the season is going, tickets may or may not be easy to come by.

    During our visit, there were plenty of open seats in the upper deck, which made for a laid-back atmosphere. The view was good, if not a bit high. Generally, if you avoid the top five rows in the upper deck, your view should be just fine, and if you like good views when there are breaks in the action on the field, get your seats in the eastern part of the stadium to see the downtown skyline.

The Particulars

Home Teams
Tennessee Titans

1 Titans Way
Nashville, TN 37213

Year Opened


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