The Tennessee Titans NFL team has today (Tuesday) released renderings of its proposed new stadium, which will have a capacity of around 60,000 and encompass 1.7 million square feet.
The renderings, designed by Manica Architecture, have been released after the Titans last week struck a deal with Nashville and Davidson County Mayor John Copper for an enclosed stadium that will cost up to $2.2bn (£1.9bn/€2.2bn).
The plans for the new stadium will be discussed by Metro Council and the Sports Authority in the coming weeks. The Titans commissioned Manica to produce the concept designs in order to inform site planning and cost estimates.
Manica designed Allegiant Stadium, home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders, and Chase Center, home of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. Last week, Titans president and chief executive Burke Nihill said that the team’s new stadium would be similar in design to Allegiant Stadium due to its translucent roof.
Nashville-based architecture firm Hastings also participated in the design work. According to the Titans, Hastings placed a particular focus on reflecting Nashville’s “spirit and character” and integrating the stadium into the proposed neighbourhood surrounding the venue.
Along with the translucent roof, key features of the design include exterior terraces with panoramic views of the city, improved sightlines for all spectators, and high-tech and sustainable materials throughout the facility.
Other features not pictured in the renderings include a 12,000-square-foot dedicated community space that could be used year-round for educational opportunities, non-profit events and other community-minded purposes.
The Titans have not yet selected an architect of record for the stadium, which will set a goal of achieving a US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification. A full architectural design process would begin at a later date.
Following the release of the renderings, Nihill said: “We envision a potential new stadium that makes our community proud and enhances the reputation of our great city and state. We’re focused on designing a stadium capable of hosting a prestigious international event on a Sunday and a steady flow of impactful community programming later that same week. This is a building that would serve Nashville and Tennessee for generations.”
The Titans said that last week’s deal with Mayor Cooper would relieve a nearly $2bn burden on taxpayers by voiding the team’s current lease agreement to play at Nissan Stadium. That lease deal, signed in 1996, legally obligates Nashville to provide a “first-class” stadium for the Titans until 2039. The new stadium would be built directly east of Nissan Stadium on land that is currently parking lots.
The Titans, the NFL and personal seat license sales will provide $840m in funding for the stadium, with $500m to come from the one-time state contribution. The remaining $760m will come from revenue bonds issued by the Metro Sports Authority to be repaid through revenue streams such as tourism.