Nashville SC v Atlanta United Gameday Events

Nashville SC plays its first game in less than two weeks! There are two gameday events scheduled which you can read about below, but first are four reasons you should go. First, you’ll want to say you were there for the historic first game. Second, this will be the best team Nashville SC plays in 2018. Atlanta will have players on the field worth millions of dollars. This will likely include new signing Ezequiel Barco! Barco was signed last month in a deal that included an MLS record $15 million transfer fee to former his former club Independiente. At just 18, there will be a lot of pressure on the Argentinian. As for the rest of the stacked team, I asked Rob Usry of Dirty South Soccer who would play and he replied,
“Seeing as it’s the first preseason game we’ll probably see everyone. A different lineup each half.”
That means Miguel Almirón, Darlington Nagbe, Josef Martinez or if you like the youth, Andrew Carleton. Atlanta is loaded. This will be a massive challenge for the club as Nashville SC was still signing players to its roster a month ago. Third, the atmosphere in First Tennessee will be great as Atlanta will bring a decent number of fans. The crowd should be friendly in a welcome to MLS see you in two years kind of way. It is the first meeting of the first true Southern rivalry. Fourth, there are two pregame rallies that you can attend. With regards to that understand one thing. Most the lots around First Tennessee are state lots which do not allow alcohol. How strict this policy is enforced I have no idea. For the first match we recommend any drinking be done inside. Recognized supporter’s group The Roadies are gathering at Pastime from 11:30 until 2:15 at which point they will march into the stadium. All are welcomed and you can read more about it on their Facebook page here. Pastime is two blocks from the center field entrance into First Tennessee. Just one block down Harrison and one block up 4th avenue. The Roadies always march to the stadium and this soccer tradition is big in places like Seattle or for the USMNT. An added benefit is you don’t have to pay attention to the time. The Roadies will be in the stadium well before kickoff and you can’t miss when the majority of people march to the stadium. Lastly, there multiple parking lots around Pastime including a large one on Harrison. That’s where I plan to park. It likely will fill up early, but I plan to be ahead of the crowd! The other recognized supporter’s group, The Assembly, are hosting a gathering at Von Elrod’s starting at noon. They should head to the stadium about the same time as The Roadies. Von Elrod’s is literally right across the street from the main entrance to First Tennessee (I think it’s called the home plate entrance). You can read more about The Assembly event here. We suggest you go wherever you feel most comfortable or hit up both events to get a feel for the differences in these two groups. Of course the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park is just a block from First Tennessee Park as well. We suspect there will be a lot of action there and likely will be the place to go if you want to kick a ball around before the match. Depending on our groups preferences, future matches could see Music City Supporters at any of these places. See you soon.

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