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A Football Fan's Travel Guide to Nashville, Tennessee

American Football

Nashville, Tennessee, is home of the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). The Tennessee Titans play at Nissan Stadium, which is across the Cumberland River from downtown Nashville.

TripAdvisor Guide to Nashville

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Nissan Stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans. Photo Credit: Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation.

Following the Raider Nation's blackout of New Orleans, Louisiana, Oakland Raider fans are already making plans to invade yet another rival city, Nashville, Tennessee, home of the Tennessee Titans.

Will Raider fans parade through the street of Nashville's Honky Tonk district the way they did in New Orleans' French Quarter?

Will they tap their feet to the music of Country and Western singers at the Grand Ole Opry?

Will they pay homage to one of the most influential musicians of the 20th Century at the Johnnie Cash Museum and Cafe?

Will they get heartburn wolfing down the city's legendary hot chicken?

Raider Nation Gets Set to Black Out Nashville

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Raider Nation of Memphis, Tennessee.

If you missed the fun in New Orleans, not to worry!

Part Two of Raider Nation Mayhem will take place in Nashville with a throw down party and more on the weekend that the Oakland Raiders take on the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium, Larry Da Prez Rogers, President of the Raider Nation of Memphis, Tennessee, reports.

Things will kick off from 8 pm to 12 midnight on Friday 23 September with a Meet and Greet at the Coyote Ugly Saloon at 154 Second Avenue in downtown Nashville.

On Saturday 24 September, the Raider Nation will black out the downtown strip, where there are many great restaurants and bars to choose from.

Top Tourist Attractions

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The sun sets over Nashville, Tennessee. Photo Credit: Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation.

Downtown Nashville is home to most of the city’s top tourist attractions. Here are some of the "must see" attractions that Raider fans should check out while they're in Music City …

  • Grand Ole Opry – for more than 90 years, country music lovers have been tapping their feet to the sounds of country music legends and current chart-toppers at this country music mecca.
  • Johnny Cash Museum and Café – Forbes magazine calls this shrine to Johnny Cash the number one “must see” tourist attraction in Music City.
  • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum – sitting at the heart of Nashville’s honky-tonk district, the Smithsonian of Country Music traces the history, origins, and traditions of this uniquely American musical art form.
  • Fifth Avenue of the Arts – Sit-ins held at segregated lunch counters in this district during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's became a model for sit-in protests throughout the South.
  • Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame – this shrine to Tennessee’s championship athletes and teams celebrates its 50th anniversary this year!
  • General Jackson Showboat – cruise the Cumberland River with down home food and country music on one of the largest showboats ever built.
  • Frist Center for the Visual Arts – 24,000 square feet of galleries showcasing local, state, regional, national, and international works of art.
  • Adventure Science Center – this hands-on museum and planetarium has exhibits focusing on ecology, technology, and health.
  • Opry Mills – shop till you drop at Tennessee's largest value and outlet shopping destination. More than 200 shops!
  • The Parthenon – situated in Centennial Park, this full scale replica of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece, houses an important collection of 18th and 19th Century American art.

Where to Stay

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Omni Nashville Hotel overlooks the Country Music Hall of Fame in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.

Many visiting sports fans stay at hotels and motels on the west side of the river because of their proximity to Nashville's most important tourist attractions.

Because of bridges across the river, however, many of these hotels and motels are still only just a short walk from the stadium where the Tennessee Titans play.

Several hotels and motels are, in fact, within a seven to 30 minute walk of the stadium, including three on the East side of the river and 10 on the west side of the river.

Hotels and motels on the west side of the river are marked with a “W”. Those on the east side of the river are marked with an “E”.

Less Than 10 Minutes to the Stadium

  • Quality Inn (E) – 303 Interstate Drive, Nashville, Tennessee. 0.3 miles to stadium or a 7 minute walk. 

10 to 19 Minute Walk to the Stadium

  • Clarion Hotel Nashville Downtown - Stadium (E) – 211 North 1st Street, Nashville, Tennessee. 0.7 miles to stadium or a 13 minute walk. 
  • Hilton Nashville Downtown (W) – 121 Fourth Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee. 0.8 miles to stadium or a 15 minute walk. 
  • Hyatt Place Nashville Downtown (W) – 301 -3rd Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee.  0.8 miles to stadium or a 16 minute walk. 
  • Knights Inn Nashville Downtown (E) – 99 Spring Street, Nashville, Tennessee. 0.9 miles to stadium or a 17 minute walk. CHECK RATES NOW!
  • Hotel Indigo Nashville (W) – 301 Union Street, Nashville, Tennessee. 0.7 miles to stadium or a 17 minute walk. CHECK RATES NOW!
  • Double Tree by Hilton Nashville Downtown (W) – 315 – 4th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee. 0.8 miles to stadium or a 19 minute walk. 
  • Hampton Inn and Suites Nashville Downtown (W) – 310 - 4th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee. 0.9 miles to stadium or a 19 minute walk.

20 to 29 Minutes Walk to the Stadium

  • Omni Nashville Hotel  (W) – 250 Fifth Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee. 1 mile to stadium or a 20 minute walk. 
  • Courtyard by Marriott Nashville Downtown (W) – 170 – 4th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee. 0.9 miles to stadium or a 21 minute walk.
  • Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel (W) – 623 Union Street, Nashville, Tennessee. 1 mile to stadium or a 22 minute walk. 
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Downtown (W) – 706 Church Street, Nashville, Tennessee. 1.1 miles to stadium or a 25 minute walk. 
  • Holiday Inn Express Nashville Downtown (W)– 920 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee. Telephone: (615) 244-0150.  1.3 miles to stadium or a 28 minute walk. 

 Nashville is too good a place to rush! Why not spend a few nights?

Where to Eat

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Eateries in Nashville, Tennessee, serve all manner of fare, from down home country food to haute cuisine. Photo Credit: Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation.

You won't go hungry in Music City!

Nashville is best known for its creative musical scene, but chefs in Music City have a creative culinary bent, as well.

You can expect everything from down home Southern fare to mouth-watering barbecue.

For something distinctly Nashville, try "hot chicken" - which describes the spiciness of the seasoning rather than the temperature of the dish.

Or how about "meat and three", which is served at cafeterias: a serving of meat with your choice of three side dishes.

Other local favouites include fried chicken, meatloaf, and mac and cheese. For dessert, don't miss the banana pudding.

To find the perfect place to eat:

How to Get There

If you are driving to Nashville, three interstate highways run through the city.

  • I-65 connects Nashville with Louisville, Kentucky; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Chicago, Illinois, to the north and Birmingham, Montgomery, and Mobile Alabama, to the south.
  • I-40 connects  Nashville with Ashville, Knoxville, and Memphis, Tennessee;  Little Rock, Arkansas;  and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • I-24 connects Nashville with St. Louis, Missouri; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Atlanta, Georgia.

If You Are Flying

Nashville International Airport is served by airlines flying to more than 50 nonstop travel destinations across the United States. Check schedules and fares here:

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