It’s amazing how giving a new name to a stadium can bring a whole new energy and electricity. That’s what fans are feeling when attending a game at Nissan Stadium, where the Tennessee Titans have played football since moving from Houston in 1999.
Sure, there were some cosmetic changes made to the stadium prior to the 2015 season, which also saw the stadium’s name change to Nissan Stadium from LP Field. As a whole, the stadium itself is still very much the same. However, the product on the field has been lacking for nearly a decade now, and Nissan Stadium is still outdated in certain spots compared to many other NFL venues.
However, you still can’t ask for a better backdrop that sits behind Nissan Stadium. The Nashville skyline sits in the background, and Nissan Stadium sits in the heart of all of the excitement that downtown has to offer. It makes it extremely convenient for fans to enjoy their time before and after the game.
The team also does a great job of not forgetting their past as the Houston Oilers, with numerous players from those teams recognized throughout the stadium. The Titans are now trying to build a new history in a venue that has so much potential, if the team can ever return to the glory days.
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The food selection is very worthy of being in an NFL stadium. Pulled pork is a popular choice in Nashville, so barbeque sandwiches are worth a try for $7, and all of the classic stadium food is offered from $5 and up. Vendors are plentiful throughout the stadium, making it convenient to not get out of your seat as often.
Tall beers will set you back $8, which is standard at professional sporting events. One cool thing is vendors selling frozen strawberry daiquiris and margaritas for $8. On a hot day in the sun, this is a great idea to have the vendors selling. Jack Daniel's is also a big deal in this part of the country, and there is a stand set up selling cocktails for $10.
It's typical for lines to run long at NFL events, but Nissan Stadium has garnered a bad reputation in recent times for their poor service at many of their concession stands. Excessively long lines have caused fans to miss a huge chunk of the game. Many agree that this is an area that really needs to improve.
The downtown setting of Nissan Stadium sets the stage for a great place to watch an NFL game. It's located directly on the banks of the Cumberland River, with an awesome view of the Nashville skyline. Football is a huge deal in the South, and you continue to get that feeling of being in a stadium that's still in its infancy. You won't feel the classic, traditional feeling of viewing a game at historic Soldier Field or Lambeau Field by any means. It's a much different feeling of watching a team that is still trying to build a foundation in Nashville.
If you have a bad angle viewing the game, then the two video boards in each end zone will be a lifesaver for you. The screens are as crisp as you can ask for, allowing you to never miss the action.
The tailgating is plentiful right outside the stadium leading up to the game. There is always a lot of excitement within the city of Nashville on Titans game days. The only thing keeping the atmosphere from being virtually perfect is the product on the field. Winning cures all, and the Titans have struggled do that, causing the atmosphere to fade in dramatic fashion late in games.
You can't ask for a better spot to drop an NFL stadium than where Nissan Stadium is located. It's situated directly across the river from Nashville's historic Broadway, and a short walk across the pedestrian bridge will put you right at the gates of the stadium. It makes it very easy to enjoy all of the bars and restaurants before and after the game without having to drive from place to place. The city is also in the midst of reviving the area of East Nashville, where Nissan Stadium is located.
Your best bet for some post game fun is heading back over the pedestrian bridge and exploring Nashville on foot. There are several fun places to check out on Broadway and 2nd Avenue, but Broadway Brewhouse is one place I particularly recommend. It has all of the beer selection you could ask for, and also some outstanding food that you wouldn't necessarily expect in a bar. You will have most likely built up an appetite following the game, and Broadway Brewhouse is a fun spot to get food and drinks that is within walking distance.
Numerous attractions such as the Johnny Cash Museum, Country Music Hall of Fame, and Centennial Park are all worth seeing with short cab rides needed to get to these locations. A Nashville trip wouldn't be complete without seeing the Grand Ole Opry, which is a little outside of the downtown area.
There are a number of hotels, as you would expect in a major U.S. city, and many of them will put you within walking distance of all that downtown has to offer. The downtown area is very walkable. If you're looking for something nice without breaking the bank, I suggest the DoubleTree Hotel located on 4th Avenue.
This fan base is starved for success, and this is very apparent during the 2015 season. For a team that's coming off of a 2-14 season, there is still a healthy turnout of Titans fans.
The fans are rowdy and bring plenty of excitement to the game at the beginning. But if the Titans fall behind by a few score in the third quarter, then the floodgates open.
During my most recent visit, the fans flooded for the exits before the fourth quarter even started. The game was still winnable for the Titans, but many fans left. This is never a good look for a fan base, and it unfortunately has become the norm over the past few seasons.
There are still plenty of loyal fans that are just frustrated with the ineptitude of the team. With that said, more loyalty to stay until the end of the game needs to happen to keep other teams fans from taking over your home field.
You can easily access Nissan Stadium from the numerous interstates that form a loop around downtown. Whichever direction you may be coming from, it is relatively easy to find Nissan Stadium. It's located on the eastern part of the city off of Interstate 24.
There are numerous areas to park, and the pedestrian bridge allows you to park across the river for cheaper than the lots by the stadium. You may even get lucky and find a parking meter, which is usually free on Sundays.
If you prefer parking in a garage, then there are several options for that. Most of them will have special event parking that costs around $10, but you will have to make about a 15-minute walk to the stadium.
It can sometimes be a long trek exiting the upper deck with just four main exits that take you down. There are a few elevators that can take you down as well.
The main exits from the upper deck are accessed by large ramps that feel like they go on forever when walking down, especially if your team just lost. There are numerous gates to enter the stadium, making entrance lines not too bad.
It can sometimes be difficult to defend high ticket prices when the team is losing, and that is the current case for the Titans. They're coming off of a 2-14 season in 2014, but they're still not having trouble filling the stadium up. The problem is that the visiting fans are sometimes in the majority, and the local fans are having a hard time justifying paying NFL ticket prices to see a losing product.
Sitting in the lower level will cost in the neighborhood of $75 to $100. That's not a bad deal at all for NFL tickets, even if the product on the field is lacking. Upper level tickets can be found for around $30 to $50 on a normal day. Again, a very fair bargain for the present day NFL.
Concession prices are where you're always going to hit the bank account hard, and it's no different at Nissan Stadium.
Parking is an area where you have the ability to save some money when visiting Nissan Stadium. As long as you don't mind going on a 15-minute walk, then you can get out relatively cheap on parking prices.
Attending a Titans game is one of the lower priced NFL experiences, and you're still getting the excellent entertainment value of the NFL.
The area where Nissan Stadium is located is a major bonus for the visiting fan that's never been to Nashville. You are so conveniently close to everything to make your pregame and postgame activities easy to plan. Some stadiums are placed in desolate areas of the city where everyone gets straight in their vehicle and goes home. That's not the case at Nissan Stadium.
Another extra goes to the gigantic HD video board located in each end zone. These are relatively new to Nissan Stadium, and make the viewing of the game very easy.
LP Field was constructed in 1999 on 105 acres of the east bank of the Cumberland River and overlooks downtown Nashville. The stadium seats 68,798 fans for a football game, including 12,000 club level seats on both sides of the stadium. The sight lines in the stadium are good, and the vertical height of the stadium provides a good view of the field even from the upper decks.
Parking around the stadium is limited to season ticket permit holders, and there is good egress to and from the stadium for those that park close by. There is ample parking in many surface lots and garages in the downtown area. Fans walking to the stadium have use of a dedicated pedestrian bridge as well as two other bridges to get to the stadium.
Once inside the stadium, fans have multiple dining choices that range from the standard stadium fare to an extensive buffet located in the club level. The buffet is pricey, charging $27.00 per person, but it is an all you can eat affair, with offerings ranging from carved roast beef, brunch offerings, and barbecue. If you are going to eat at the buffet, come hungry. Burgers, deli sandwiches, pizza, brats, barbecue, and hot dogs are offered at numerous concession stands throughout the stadium and club level, with prices in the $5-6 for most items. The club level offers two full bars and numerous flat screen televisions to view not only the live action on the field but other NFL games that are in progress in a climate controlled environment.
The stadium is within easy walking distance from the downtown Nashville entertainment district. This area offers numerous dining and entertainment options, including many live music venues. Many fans of the Titans that do not have tickets gather at local bars and restaurants to watch the game.
One of the favorite haunts for visitors to the downtown area is Robert's Western World. This authentic country bar is home to traditional country music and is located at 416 Broadway, the main entertainment strip in downtown Nashville. The bar is approximately five blocks from the stadium and is within easy walking distance. In addition to the traditional country acts, Robert's is a popular gathering place for locals and tourists, and it is not uncommon to run into some well known entertainers there such as Dwight Yoakum and Hank Williams, Jr.. They serve a limited but traditional bar menu, and are known for their burgers. The beer selection is extensive, but many visitors enjoy the traditional offerings such as PBR and Miller. Not a particularly large venue means that visitors should arrive early to get a seat and avoid the crowds.
Big River Grill is located at the corner of 4th Ave. and Broadway, three blocks from the stadium. Big River Grill is an expansive establishment that offers ample seating indoors and a patio for outdoor seating. A varied menu offers many dining choices, from salads and light fare to steaks. Diners can find offerings that fit any appetite and taste, and most foods are made from scratch. Big River has an extensive selection of beers, including many craft beers that are brewed on site. The Czech Lager, brewed on site, is an award winning beer. Visitors can find most any type of beer, but the craft beers are exceptional and worth the visit. This popular spot fills quickly on game days before the game, and stays busy until well after the game is over.
Football is king in Tennessee, and you’ll immediately understand why when you attend a game at LP Field to see the Tennessee Titans play. When the Titans first came to Nashville from Houston, they enjoyed a great home-field advantage that had them start 16-0 before losing their first game at home.
Over the 13-plus years that LP Field has been opened, it has been used as a great venue for football. In addition to it being home to the Tennessee Titans, and it has also been the site of the Music City Bowl since it first opened in 1999. However, it is clear that LP Field has become a little outdated in comparison to other NFL stadiums. Its capacity sits somewhere in the middle of seating capacities in the NFL.
The seats can also become a little cramped, and the stadium definitely lacks the flashiness of the newer breed of NFL stadiums. With some of the cosmetic issues aside, you’ll definitely enjoy your NFL experience at LP Field. The fans are some of the kindest you’ll probably run into on your NFL journey, and the beautiful view of the Nashville skyline during the Monday Night Football game I attended capped off what was overall a great experience.
My son and I try to get to several Titans games in a season and always find the trip a pleasure! Even though they haven't had much on-field success lately there is a very strong and loyal fan base in Nashville for the Titans. Last year we went to the Jaguars game which was the last of the season and the place was still nearly full.
Although the reviewer is accurate about the immediate area surrounding LP Field, downtown Nashville, especially the area along Broadway is outstanding, day or night.
For parking, I suggest the Hilton located on the corner of 4th and Broadway. Park underground in the garage for $20, head up to the lobby, then just across the street is the access to the foot bridge to take you to LP Field. After the game, by the time you've walked back, getting out is a breeze and it's a quick trip back to the Interstates.
I've had many memorable father/son weekends at LP Field and look forward to many more.
Great food choices including incredibly tasty pot pies and turkey legs are what I will remember about this stadium. It's east of the river, and the downtown is west, just a few minutes away over a bridge. Lots to see and do downtown, once you get to the stadium, you will go straight in. Great new scoreboards at either end zone, but other than that, a fairly typical NFL venue with 3 seating levels.
In the early 90s, could anyone really foresee an NFL football franchise moving from Houston to Nashville? In 1996 it actually happened. Unhappy with the Astrodome and the lack of progress with the City of Houston, Oilers owner Bud Adams began negotiating with Nashville mayor Phil Bredesen on the possibility of moving the Oilers. Nearly 20 years later, the re-christened Tennessee Titans find themselves at the heart of one of the fastest growing cities in North America.
With the move of the Oilers to Tennessee, and short stints at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis and Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, the city would end up building a new stadium on the banks of the Cumberland River. The stop in Memphis was a disaster, and fortunes looked up for the Titans in their new stadium. With some new found stability, the Titans could solely focus on the on-field product, which would include 2 AFC Conference Final appearances and an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIV against the St. Louis Rams. That 1999 team provided one of the most significant moments in NFL history, the last second touchdown in the AFC Wild Card game now known as the Music City Miracle.
Rising above the east bank of the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tennessee is Nissan Stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans and the Music City Miracle. This gem of a stadium offers everything from good old-fashioned Nashville BBQ and whiskey to friendly people to one of the best upper-level views in the NFL. Constructed in 1999 with a capacity of 69,134, Nissan Stadium plays host to the Tennessee State Tigers, Music City Bowl, Tennessee Titans, the CMA Festival, and countless other concerts throughout the course of a year. It was at Nissan Stadium on 8 January 2000 that Kevin Dyson took a lateral from Frank Wycheck for the game winning touchdown over the Bills in what remains one of the greatest playoff victories in NFL history.
LP Field is a gem in the heart of Music City. The fans, that actually showed up since the Titans weren't playing well this season, were loud and proud. The food and drinks were reasonably priced. Tickets were sold out in advance (since a lot of fans came up from Oxford, MS to see Eli Manning). LP is near the interstate so getting to and from the stadium isn't a problem. There isn't a lot to do in the immediate area, but if you go across the bridge, you will get to downtown Nashville and that is where everything is. The stadium offers free WiFi to the fans, which is a plus for those who use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like. I will go back in the future, but I will probably go back when they play a rival, such as Houston or Indianapolis.
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