Gold Cup crowd in Nashville breaks records
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Soccer fans turned out by the thousands to see the United States take on Panama in the Gold Cup in Nashville.
The Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp says 47,622 fans went to the game at Nissan Stadium on Saturday. They say that breaks a record for attendance at a state soccer match. The previous record for the largest crowd in Tennessee history was 44,835 set in 2015 at the USA-Guatemala match
The attendance number represents not only the largest crowd in state history, but also the largest crowd ever to attend a US group stage match in the current Gold Cup format featuring 12 teams.
"Today Nashville proved why Music City is Soccer City," said John Ingram, CEO of Nashville Soccer Holdings and Lead Investor for Nashville's MLS bid. "From day one, we've known that Nashville is a major league market that's ready to claim our place as a top destination for soccer. I could not be more proud of our community or more confident that we have what it takes to become an MLS city."
The game, which aired on FOX 17, ended in a tie, 1-1.
Nashville is in contention to become one of the next four Major League Soccer expansion slots that are to be announced by December.