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.
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There is no going hungry or thirsty here. Everything from Logan's Roadhouse burgers to classic Nashville barbecue to Jack Daniels whiskey can be found here. Unlike most stadiums where the bulk of the food is on the lower concourse, Nissan Stadium has just about every option on every level. This means that you don't have to go scouring the upper deck for food if that's where your ticket put you. As for the prices, don't expect to find anything under $6, other than a small cup of cheese or pack of M&M's. The prices here are average for an NFL stadium. You won't break the bank, but you'll bend it a bit.
Because Nissan Stadium was designed as a concert venue as well as an NFL stadium, the acoustics are amazing. This means that the stadium doesn't have to be full in order to reach a loud crescendo. Couple this with the second-best upper deck view in the NFL (next to Pittsburgh) and friendly fans, and you have a night to remember in the Music City. From the upper rows of the east stands, one has an absolutely fantastic view of the beautiful Nashville skyline, with the sections of the Cumberland River to the south and north. If the Music City skyline, Cumberland River, and football all in one shot doesn't get your American blood boiling, I don't know what will.
Pre-game festivities include blow-up games for the kids behind the south end of the stadium, along with tailgating and live music inside the stadium below the north scoreboard. Also before kickoff, the Titans hold a ceremony for their honorary 12th man. This person is usually a former player or coach who runs out with the team and plants a sword on the logo at midfield.
Due to the lack of on-field success over the past several years, the atmosphere might not be the most intense in the league, but this is the Music City, and they know how to put on a show.
Nashville is one of America's destination cities. It is an absolutely beautiful city nestled along the banks of the Cumberland River that comes complete with music, food, booze, boots, and neon. A walk along Broadway will take you past Bridgestone Arena, Ryman Auditorium, and just about every type of barbecue joint imaginable. Near the state capitol building a bit further to the west is a beautiful memorial to soldiers of various wars, fallen Tennessee heroes, and police. A five-minute drive west along Broadway will take you to Centennial Park, where you will find the only life-sized replica of the Parthenon in the world.
No trip to Nashville is complete without a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame, which is located on Demonbreun Street right behind Bridgestone Arena. Here are artifacts and music going all the way back to Earnest Tubb, Sons of the Pioneers. They even have one of Elvis' famous cars and a grand piano plated in 24-karat gold. If you have the time, take their tour of Historic RCA Studio B. It was at RCA Studio B that the likes of Elvis and Cash recorded many of their hits. They even have the piano that Elvis played for most of his recordings.
A show at the Ryman Auditorium is another must for anyone who is even remotely interested in music. Tours of this historic auditorium are available on days when there isn't a show. When it comes to food, lower Broadway and 2nd Ave. have you covered. The two places to hit up on lower Broadway are Jack's BBQ and Rippy's BBQ. Jack's is a traditional Nashville joint that first opened its doors in 1976. The menu here is rather basic, but all of it is delicious. Everything from succulent pork to tender brisket to ribs that slide right off the bone can be found here, to say nothing of their homemade sides. Looking for a place to drink? Look no further than 2nd Ave. Other establishments of note are B.B. King's Blues Club, and Puckett's Grocery on 5th and Church.
There are plenty of hotels in and around Nashville, ranging from Motel 6 to the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Resort. Hotels in the city are not insanely expensive, but if you are traveling on a budget, your best bet is to look for a hotel near the airport. If money is no object, get a room at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Resort.
Along with standing by the river in one of America's best cities, Nissan Stadium is home to some of the friendliest fans in the NFL. Adding to the friendly atmosphere is the large number of families that attend games here. Most of the fans are mindful of the children and keep the obscenities to a minimum. The team might not be a playoff contender every year, but most of the fans at Nissan Stadium seem to be happy just to be at the game. With the overall lack of success in recent years, one has to tip his hat to the fans for showing up game in and game out. Many of the fans here are season ticket holders, have been sitting in the same seats for years (if not generations) and show absolutely no signs of changing that any time soon.
Getting to Nissan Stadium should not be an issue, and there is more than enough parking around the stadium itself and across the river. All of the lots surrounding the field require a special parking pass for season ticket holders, but you may be able to secure a pass for a considerable fee. Parking in city lots ranges from $10 to $30 (or more). Most of the churches open their garages for game day parking after their Sunday morning services. Parking is free near the state capitol on weekends, but be prepared to walk a good distance to the stadium.
If you do end up parking in the city, a short walk through downtown will take you to the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge. From here, one is treated to beautiful views of the stadium and downtown Nashville, especially at night when the Cumberland River reflects the shining lights of the city.
There are a total of eight gates at Nissan Stadium, behind each end zone. Make sure you don't get stuck in the bag check line, as this one moves slowly. If you do happen to be stuck in a slow moving line, just jump over into one that's moving more quickly. Finally, the only access to the upper decks is located by the end zones. There are no ramps, stairs, escalators, or elevators to the upper decks anywhere along the sidelines.
The football might not be the best in the league, but the fans, city, skyline, and food more than make up for this. Nashville is a destination city in and of itself, so why not catch a football game at one of the better stadiums in the league while you're at it? You can stay at a hotel near the airport, 15 minutes from downtown, for under $100 per night or spend just over $100 per night and stay in the city.
Every seat provides a great view of the action. A few seats may have a rail partially blocking the field, but nothing more. One local band or another beneath the south scoreboard provides live music during the pre-game warm-ups. Game day programs are only $5, and include the rosters of both teams, pictures, and various other stories about current and past Titans. Around the upper deck are the retired numbers of past Titans and Oilers greats, as the Titans used to be the Houston Oilers back in the day. Every seat has a cup holder with a little booklet of coupons, fun facts, and games.
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.
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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