Photo of Nissan Stadium from the Cumberland River

Our staff was fortunate enough to visit Nissan Stadium earlier this season for the home opener vs. Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. While it’s certainly not that memorable of a venue, its proximity to downtown Nashville, TN makes Nissan Stadium one of the funnest NFL trips a visiting fan could make.

Photo of the playing Field at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.

The atmosphere at Nissan Stadium is pretty weak but that could be because of the long drought the Tennessee Titans have had since making the NFL playoffs (2008). The fans were very tame and had to be reminded to get loud on 3rd down when on defense. The fact that Nashville is a transplant city may also have something to do with the relaxed atmosphere. If you’re a fan of the visiting team, you will feel very safe in this stadium. There are a ton of families and casual fans; not so many die-hards like you would find in New York City or Philadelphia. The seats were all comfortable and positioned well and there didn’t appear to be any obstructed view seats in the stadium.

Exterior photo of Nissan Stadium, Home of the Tennessee Titans

Nissan Stadium itself is extremely bland compared to other NFL stadiums we’ve visited. The concourses are plain, concrete and small. Navigating to the restroom or concessions at halftime is complete chaos. The stadium recently received two brand new scoreboards – one in each end zone. The new scoreboards were a major upgrade over the old ones.

The best concessions can be found in either endzone which are wide open. Logan’s Roadhouse has a number of concessions throughout the lower level. Everything else is prepared by Aramark concessions and they handle the stadium food preparations for many stadiums and arenas across the country. The beer prices are on par with what you could expect to pay in most other NFL stadiums; every aspect of the Tennessee Titans experience is very averagely priced. Lower level tickets can be purchased for $80 for most games. Upper level tickets can be purchased for $40 for most Titans games. Best of all, the climate in Nashville is very mild. It was extremely hot the day of the game. Even during November games, you can still expect the Nashville weather to be in the 60s and free of snow.

Photo of Broadway Bars and Restaurants in Nashville, Tennessee.

When I mentioned Nissan Stadium’s proximity to downtown Nashville, I was referring to Broadway, the most iconic street in the city. It’s full of honky tonk bars and restaurants which are busy even on weekdays. Pre and post game, it’s packed with football fans. The best bar on Broadway for football fans, however, is Bailey’s. Many of the others will have live music and the “Country Music atmosphere” but Bailey’s is by far the best sports bar on Broadway. If you’re not in the mood for the crowds that pack Broadway, consider 2nd Avenue, just a few blocks down where you’ll find Hooter’s and BB King’s among other establishments. The brick paved sidewalks give this block a very nostalgic feel.

Photo of the playing field at Nissan Stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans.

Going to Titans games and parking isn’t too much of a hassle. There are plenty of hotels within walking distance of the stadium.  If you’re wanting to stay at the popular Opryland Hotel, taking an Uber ride from the hotel to downtown would be a great way to get to the game. Keep in mind that Nashville does not have a subway system. Most of the season ticket holders will be given parking passes for the lots next to the stadium and that’s where most of the tailgating takes place. I think the bars and atmosphere on Broadway really takes away from the tailgating at Nissan Stadium. I’ve never heard anyone rave about its tailgating scene like for instance, Arrowhead Stadium or Lambeau Field. 50% of Tennessee Titans fans will complain about having to park downtown and walk across the Pedestrian Bridge over the Cumberland River to the stadium. The other half seem to love it. It was a fun walk but the bridge is much much longer than what I had anticipated and I'm a very active person.

 

Overall, we enjoyed the game, which ended in the Indianapolis Colts routing the Titans by a score of 35-33; a shootout. But I can’t say that this is a stadium I would rush back to and you shouldn’t either unless the Titans are hosting your favorite team. I feel like this review is bare but that's just it. There's just not much to say about Nissan Stadium.

  

 

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