Rather than seek a new facility, Tennessee Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk indicates that she is interested in a Nissan Stadium renovation.
Nashville’s Nissan Stadium first opened in 1999, and it has been suggested in recent years that the facility will need substantial upgrades to remain viable over the long haul. Thus far, the Titans and local officials have not come forward with plans for potential upgrades, but it appears that the organization has its sights set on making major renovations to the facility in the future.
During a Friday interview on with The Midday 180, Strunk indicated that she is not interested in discussing a new stadium and will instead pursue a renovation. She even pointed to a potential model for Nissan Stadium upgrades by praising the recent work completed at Hard Rock Stadium, which has been significantly modernized under renovations led by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross. More from Paulkuharsky.com:
“…I don’t want a new stadium,” she said. “But I do like The Hard Rock Stadium. That’s a very interesting model and one that we need to keep looking further at to make improvements. I’m all about making it the best stadium for our fans that I can without being ridiculous. Because at the end of the day the stadium doesn’t win football games.
“That’s important to me. Fan experience — we have a lot of areas we get better at every year. We’ve got to just keep looking down the road for what would be the best thing for our stadium to become.”
Could the Titans ultimately play at Nissan Stadium while it undergoes a major renovation as the Dolphins did in 2015 and 2016.
“I definitely think so. I think we can retrofit it. Whenever this transpires. Whenever we get to that point that we feel it needs to be done I think that stadium can be retrofitted in a Hard Rock way.”
The hundreds of millions of dollars invested in Hard Rock Stadium renovations have helped generate a busier events schedule beyond Dolphins and University of Miami football games, with concerts and the annual Miami Open among some of the notable items on the venue’s slate. It has also led to numerous improvements, from upgraded seating options to a canopy that covers the vast majority of the seating bowl. Exactly how that project could influence potential Nissan Stadium renovations remains to be seen, but it seems to be providing the Titans with some inspiration as they consider their long-term facility plans.
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