Understanding the History of Tennessee Titans Stadium
The state-of-art Nissan Stadium is the home of maverick NFL team the Tennessee Titans. The stadium belongs to Nashville Metropolitan Government and Davidson County. The stadium is also a multi-purpose facility used by Tennesse State Tigers. Nissan stadium became the home of Titans back in 1999 to date. It is situated near the Cumberland river and just across the downtown Nashville. Previously the Titans used to play in the Astrodome stadium, which was the first multi-purpose dome facility in the country. Those days the Titans were referred as the Oilers and it was in the mid 80s when the owner of the team Bud Adams was dissatisfied with the size of the stadium since it was the smallest in the NFL league. At that time, the Oiler had played in this stadium for more than 25 years.
After Adams voicing his concerns about the size of the stadium, the Houston officials began renovating the stadium by adding luxurious suites and 10,000 seats more. However, Adams was never impressed for long and he decided to lobby for a new and bigger stadium in Houston. He was even willing to bring in $85 million towards the construction of the stadium, but unfortunately the officials and residents were unwilling to fund the new project. With the disappointment, the Oilers decided to relocate to Nashville. It was in 1996 when the Nashville metropolitan and Davidson County voters gave the go-ahead for the construction of new stadium and $144 million bond. This was the beginning of the Tennessee Titans stadium history.
The Oilers moved to the Tennessee after 1996 season, but at the time Nashville did not have a stadium and therefore the team had to use Liberty Bowl and Vanderbilt complex facility for two seasons. They finally moved to the Nissan Stadium in 1999 where they also changed their name to Tennessee Titans. They made their debut in the new stadium on September 12th, 1999. Before being named the Nissan Stadium, the facility had three other names that included Adelphia Coliseum, Coliseum and LP Field. It was named Nissan Stadium, when Nissan North American bought the naming right back in 2015.
The stadium has three levels of 69,000 red and blue seats. The entire giridiron is taken up by lower grandstand while the two other decks of the seating occupy both sides of the stadium. Nissan Stadium also has 175 luxury suites and more than 11,000 club seats. The facility also hosts Music City Bowl, which is a popular annual event in downtown Nashville. At the stadium, fans enjoy a great view of Cumberland River and Nashville Skyline.
The Naming Rights
Initially, the stadium did not have an official name and most people referred it as - "The East Bank Stadium" due to its location from the Cumberland River. But upon its completion, it was name Adelphia Coliseum after Adelphia Business solution bought the naming rights for $30 million under a 15 year deal. However, the Adelphia failed the required payments for subsequent years and instead filed for bankruptcy. Another naming right deal was inked in 2006 when Louisiana-Pacific Building Products company paid about $30 million for more than 10 years contract. However, on June 24th, 2015, the Nissan automobile company bought a 20-year naming right, which saw the Stadium named the Nissan Stadium. As part of this lucrative deal, Nissan pickup truck is positioned near the Stadium scoreboard.

 


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