NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nashville Soccer Club narrowly loss to Atlanta United Saturday night, but with a crowd of nearly 60,000 people in attendance, soccer officials are chalking it up as a win for the team and Music City.
"I feel like we built a great foundation and made Nashville proud," said Nashville SC CEO Ian Ayre.
It was a record-breaking night with the largest crowd at a soccer game in Tennessee history. The excitement was palpable and a close game kept people on their feet.
The debut was the beginning of many game traditions, such as a Gibson Riff played on a Nashville SC Gibson Les Paul.
While the team fell to Atlanta 2 to 1, those with the organization said it still felt like a win with all of the positive feedback they received.
“I think people believe in it. I think people saw it and thought, 'wow, that’s here. It’s in our city. It’s major league. It’s in our state, and it’s gonna be worth coming,'" said Ayre.
The next two games are on the road before Nashville hosts Columbus on March 21.