Nashville is trending up, but you probably already knew that. 2016 was a landmark year for Music City—especially in terms of growth and development—but 2017 is slated to be even bigger. To help you stay in the loop, we’ve compiled a list of some of the top things you should watch for in Nashville this year:
It was recently announced that Nashville would have the privilege of hosting a match in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer tournament. This is the main competition between national teams from the Caribbean and North and Central America. The Gold Cup is held every two years, and Nashville is one of 14 U.S. cities that will host the matches.
If you feel like you’ve been hearing about soccer in Nashville a lot lately, you’re right. In October of this past year, Nissan Stadium hosted a match between the Mexico and New Zealand, which drew a crowd of more than 40,000 people. It was the second-highest attended soccer game in Tennessee ever, surpassed only by the previous year’s match between the U.S. and Guatemala.
The city’s growing interest and involvement in international soccer caught the eye of Major League Soccer (MLS) as Nashville was recently named one of 10 cities under consideration to land an expansion team by the professional league. There are four expansion slots available, with the first two teams slated to begin playing by 2020 and the other two to be named at a later date.
With the creation of Nashville’s MLS Steering Committee—which includes top executives from HCA, Ryman Hospitality Properties, the Tennessee Titans and the Nashville Predators—you can expect to hear more about the efforts to bring pro soccer to Nashville in the coming months and years.
Nashville’s “foodie” status continues to rise with the opening of several new restaurants in 2017, including:
- Henrietta Red – This restaurant falls under Strategic Hospitality’s umbrella of modern restaurant concepts, which includes Pinewood Social, The Band Box, Paradise Park, Merchants, Bastion and Le Sel. It will feature a convivial restaurant & barroom, an oyster bar and seasonal cooking. It’s located in Germantown and slated to open in February.
- Von Elrod’s Beer Garden and Sausage House – This is a new venture by Austin Ray (owner of M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers, The Sutler and Melrose Billiard Parlor) and Jason Brumm (former chef-owner of Radius10 and former director of culinary operations for Strategic Hospitality). This restaurant is located right across from First Tennessee Park, so it’s sure to draw a big crowd during the Nashville Sounds’ baseball season. It will feature about 40 different brews and a wide variety of sausages. It is expected to open in spring or summer of 2017.
- The Mockingbird – Celebrity chef Maneet Chauhan is set to open her modern diner concept this winter. She recently opened the Chauhan Ale & Masala House, which was named Best New Restaurant by the Tennessean and serves creative Indian cuisine. The Mockingbird will serve comfort food classics with a unique global twist and is located just north of Broadway.
Topgolf combines the best of golf, music, food and friends all in one place. The new complex will feature a three-story golf driving range with over 100 bays, a rooftop terrace and more than 200 HDTVs.
The Nashville location of Topgolf is unique as it will also be home to a 7,900-square-foot music venue. The lower lounge that would typically serve as a gaming area will instead hold an additional bar connected to the music venue.
Topgolf currently has three locations in the U.S. with 10 in development. The Nashville site is located on the eastern side of the Cumberland River at the corner of Cowan and Jefferson and will open in late summer of this year.
This is just a glimpse of the new developments taking place in Nashville, and more things are sure to pop up throughout the year. Which one are you looking forward to the most in 2017?