Sep 25, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard (31) and cornerback Kristian Fulton (26) celebrate after a defensive stop during the second half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Titans reach deal with mayor on new $2.2B stadium

The Tennessee Titans have reached a deal with Nashville Mayor John Cooper on a new $2.2 billion domed stadium, Axios reported Monday.

The deal needs to get approved by the Nashville Metro Council.

The new stadium would be located east of the Titans’ current home, Nissan Stadium, along the East Bank, per the report.

An announcement is expected to come later Monday.

A domed stadium would allow the city to bid and potentially host winter events like the Super Bowl and College Football Playoff games.

Per the report, Titans ownership would put up $800 million with another $500 million coming from the state, in part.

Nissan Stadium is 23 years old.

–Field Level Media

Jan 22, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; A general overall aerial view of Nissan Stadium exterior. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Titans, Nashville discussing new stadium

The Tennessee Titans and the city government in Nashville have broached the subject of building a new stadium in town, Axios Nashville reported Thursday.

The Titans initially were looking at extensive renovations for Nissan Stadium, which opened in 1999. While the Tennessean recently reported that those renovations would cost $600 million, a Titans spokesperson told Axios the estimated price tag is closer to $1.2 billion.

The “revised cost estimates require us to closely review whether a new stadium would be a better long-term financial decision,” Nashville mayor John Cooper told Axios in a statement. “We won’t settle for anything but the best-case scenario for Nashville.”

The Titans have played in the state since rebranding from the Houston Oilers and relocating in 1997. They played one season at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis and one more at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville while construction on Nissan Stadium was completed.

The Major League Soccer franchise Nashville SC also played its first two seasons in Nissan Stadium, but it will move to a soccer-specific venue called Nashville Fairgrounds Stadium during the 2022 season.

–Field Level Media

Nov 24, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) talks with Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) after a Titans win at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Titans to play home opener without fans

The Tennessee Titans will play their Sept. 20 home opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars without fans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.

Mayor John Cooper made the announcement at his daily COVID-19 news conference on Tuesday.

“We must take a cautious approach recognizing that we cannot predict our COVID-19 metrics further into the fall sports season,” Cooper said.

Officials will continue to monitor developments to determine whether even a limited number of fans may attend any games as the season progresses.

“There’s certainly no denying that we wish we would be opening our home schedule on Sept. 20 in front of fans,” said Burke Nihill, the Titans president and CEO, who joined Cooper at his news conference.

“NFL football is a game meant to be played in front of a loud, cheering crowd and no one desires that outcome more than us. However, these are not normal times and as civic leaders in this great city, we understand and support Mayor Cooper and Metro Nashville Public Health Department’s decision today to delay welcoming fans into Nissan Stadium.”

Nashville’s MLS club also will play without fans in the stands, at least for now.

“Though the time to open its gates isn’t quite here yet, the good news is that the Titans have the right road map,” Michael Caldwell, the director and chief medical officer of the health department, said about the Titans’ stadium safety plan. “I’m confident that the plan we created together is a careful, well-rounded design that will provide a large degree of protection for fans attending games in the hopefully near future. I know the team has made the necessary preparations to implement significant safety measures when the time comes.”

The Titans open the season on Sept. 14 against the Broncos in Denver.

–Field Level Media

Nov 24, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) talks with Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) after a Titans win at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Titans to play home opener without fans

The Tennessee Titans will play their Sept. 20 home opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars without fans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.

Mayor John Cooper made the announcement at his daily COVID-19 news conference on Tuesday.

“We must take a cautious approach recognizing that we cannot predict our COVID-19 metrics further into the fall sports season,” Cooper said.

Officials will continue to monitor developments to determine whether even a limited number of fans may attend any games as the season progresses.

“There’s certainly no denying that we wish we would be opening our home schedule on Sept. 20 in front of fans,” said Burke Nihill, the Titans president and CEO, who joined Cooper at his news conference.

“NFL football is a game meant to be played in front of a loud, cheering crowd and no one desires that outcome more than us. However, these are not normal times and as civic leaders in this great city, we understand and support Mayor Cooper and Metro Nashville Public Health Department’s decision today to delay welcoming fans into Nissan Stadium.”

Nashville’s MLS club also will play without fans in the stands, at least for now.

“Though the time to open its gates isn’t quite here yet, the good news is that the Titans have the right road map,” Michael Caldwell, the director and chief medical officer of the health department, said about the Titans’ stadium safety plan. “I’m confident that the plan we created together is a careful, well-rounded design that will provide a large degree of protection for fans attending games in the hopefully near future. I know the team has made the necessary preparations to implement significant safety measures when the time comes.”

The Titans open the season on Sept. 14 against the Broncos in Denver.

–Field Level Media