Fans, 47,622 fans to be exact, packed into Nissan Stadium Saturday for the 1-1 tied game between U.S. and Panama in the Gold Cup tournament. This set a new record for largest crowd to watch a soccer game in the state of Tennessee.
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Two days before organizers unveil their vision for a Fairgrounds soccer stadium, Nashville hosted the largest crowd ever to see a soccer match in Tennessee.

Between Saturday’s International Champions Cup game between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and the Gold Cup game earlier this summer, Nissan Stadium will have hosted more than 100,000 soccer fans.

That’s perfect timing as leaders of the local effort to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to Music City will make a crucial presentation regarding a possible stadium to be located at Fairgrounds Nashville.


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Supporters of the MLS effort were aware that the two big games could potentially cannibalize each other and hurt overall attendance. Instead, 56,232 came out to watch the two English Premier League powers Saturday, topping the mark set at the U.S.-Panama game, which was the best-attended Gold Cup match with 47,622 fans.

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