Titans unbolt renderings of new stadium


Tennessee Titans new NFL stadium Image: Tennessee Titans & Manica Architecture

The National Football League (NFL) team Tennessee Titans shared renderings of its potential new stadium, which would encompass 1.7 million square feet with a capacity of approximately 60,000. The renderings follow recent announcement that the team and the City of Nashville in Tennessee (US) had reached a proposed agreement for a new, enclosed stadium, which will be discussed by the Metro Council and the Sports Authority in the coming weeks.

‘Tennessee Titans’ quoted Titans President and head honcho Burke Nihill as stating, “We envision a potential new stadium that makes our community proud and enhances the reputation of our great City and State. We’re focused on designing a stadium capable of hosting a prestigious international event on a Sunday and a steady flow of impactful community programing later that same week. This is a building that would serve Nashville and Tennessee for generations.”

The Tennessee Titans are a professional American football team based in Nashville, Tennessee, US. The Titans compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference South division, and play their home games at the Nissan Stadium.

The 69,143-capacity Nissan Stadium is a multipurpose stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. Owned by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, it is primarily used for football and is the home field of the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL) and the Tigers of Tennessee State University.

Tennessee Titans new NFL stadiumImage: Tennessee Titans & Manica Architecture

The stadium designs were created by MANICA, a Kansas City-based architecture firm that has worked on projects such as the 65,000-capacity Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas and the 18,064-capacity Chase Center in San Francisco. The team commissioned MANICA to produce the concepts in order to inform site planning and cost estimates.

Hastings, a Nashville-based architecture firm, also participated in the design work, with a particular emphasis on reflecting Nashville’s spirit and character, and a focus on seamlessly integrating the building into the proposed neighborhood surrounding the stadium.

The stadium architecture is inspired by the City of Nashville and is planned to be complementary to the broader East Bank development plan led by the City. The design gave specific attention to multipurpose function, in order to maximize the number and types of events that could take place in the building.

Key features of the design include:

  • Exterior terraces and porches with panoramic views of Nashville that will serve as a social space during event days;
  • A circular-shaped, high-tech ETFE translucent roof;
  • Improved sightlines for all spectators through diverse viewing experiences; and
  • High-tech and sustainable materials throughout the building.

Other features of the building include a 12,000 sq. ft. dedicated community space that could be utilized year-round for educational opportunities, nonprofit events and other community-minded purposes.

Tennessee Titans new NFL stadiumImage: Tennessee Titans & Manica Architecture

The new stadium will set a goal of achieving a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold certification. The Titans have not yet selected an architect of record for the building. A full architectural design process would begin at a later date.


  • A new stadium will serve as the home of the Titans and host sporting, entertainment and civic events;
  • The stadium would be enclosed, encompassing 1.7M sq feet with a capacity of circa 60,000;
  • The lease term would run for at least 30 years, cementing the Titans’ home in Nashville for another generation;
  • ‘Tennessee Titans’ stated that the new lease would return valuable acres of riverfront land to the City in order to develop a transformational riverfront project built with the locals in mind, generating millions for Nashville’s highest priorities;
  • Local businesses, goods and labor will be prioritized in construction and vendor contracts; and
  • The stadium design will maximize sustainability to minimize waste, net energy and net water status.


A Better Deal for Nashville


Existing Stadium Lease

  • Metro Nashville – Obligated to fund stadium upgrades and maintenance; and
  • Titans – Responsible for suites, offices, locker rooms.


New Stadium Lease

  • Tourists – 1 percent hotel/motel tax from tourists;
  • Stadium + Campus – 100 percent of in-stadium and 50 percent of stadium campus sales tax;
  • State Funding – One-time contribution towards new, enclosed stadium; and
  • Titans, National Football League (NFL), personal seat licenses (PSLs) – Investment from football-related sources.


Original Lease

  • Land limited to parking lots until 2039;
  • Minimal revenue generated from stadium campus until 2039; and
  • The Nashville Government obligated to pay for most of stadium renovation and capital expenses.


New Lease

  • Land available for neighborhood, parks and green space, infrastructure;
  • Opportunity to generate net new dollars through campus activation; and
  • The Nashville Government contribution limited to revenue bonds supported by stadium and campus sales tax, hotel tax.

‘Tennessee Titans’ stated that as the team and City eye the next era of that relationship, the Titans are recommitting to its home through a new, long-term lease in a new, enclosed stadium nestled along the East Bank of the Cumberland River.

The new stadium would host Titans games, Tennessee State University (TSU) football games and community activities, and also attract the world’s largest and most prestigious events such as Super Bowls, Final Fours, College Football Playoffs, and Wrestlemanias.

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