MLS stadium construction may not be complete for 2022 season

Posted at 5:26 PM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 18:31:45-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Due to delays in construction and newly discovered issues with the old Fairgrounds buildings that have to be demolished, the MLS stadium that will house Nashville SC may not be complete in time for the 2022 Major League Soccer season.

The announcement was made Thursday during a Nashville Sports Authority meeting.

The stadium was initially set to open in time for the 2021 season, but was pushed back to a 2022 start date for Nashville SC in their new stadium.

After Mayor John Cooper held up the stadium deal while he continued negotiations with Nashville SC ownership, it has been revealed that the timeline has been pushed back further.

Officials working on the stadium project also announced that asbestos had been found in the old Fairgrounds facilities, and that asbestos needs to be addressed prior to demolition.

It's unclear if the stadium will be open for the 2022 season, but it appears unlikely. Those involved with the project said they are confident, however, that the stadium will be ready in 2022, it just may not be for the start of the season.

Nashville SC is scheduled to play it's first two seasons at Nissan Stadium, after which it's unclear where they would play if their stadium is not complete.

No one at the Sports Authority meeting ruled out Nissan Stadium for a location if the stadium is not complete in time for the 2022 season, and they said they'd address that topic if it became necessary.