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VOL. 40 | NO. 8 | Friday, February 19, 2016

Titans see no need to replace Nissan Stadium

By David Climer

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Since the facility now known as Nissan Stadium opened in 1999, more than half of the stadiums in the NFL have been replaced or undergone major renovation.

When, then, do the city of Nashville and the Titans need to confront the issue of a new stadium?

That time is not near, according to Steve Underwood, president/CEO of the Titans.

“It’s true that at some time in the future we’re going to have to make changes, but we’re nowhere near that time,” Underwood says. “We don’t see any kind of need to make wholesale changes.

“I say that as the chief executive of an NFL team, knowing that NFL teams are always wanting bigger and better buildings. We think our building is the right size and a great place to host our games, soccer games, concerts, truck and tractor pulls and all the other things that happen.”

Underwood points out that Nissan Stadium continues to be updated.

The large scoreboards at the north and south ends of the stadium were replaced four years ago. Ribbon boards have been installed on the facades between the club seats and the upper deck. The club seating area and luxury suites have been updated.

Currently, one very visible change is the replacement of all seats. Less visible is the repair of expansion joints that stabilize the concrete and steel construction of the stadium.

“As someone who was involved from the beginning and who has seen all the changes that have been made, I’m of the opinion the stadium still has a great service life ahead of it,” Underwood says.

“We’ve kept the building up to date. It’s still a great place to watch a football game. I don’t think there are any better sight-lines even in the new stadium. We don’t see anything that’s going to need to be done in the near term that’s going to be inordinately costly.”

But Underwood acknowledges there is one thing that would make the Titans fans’ game-day experience much better: winning.

“The thing that matters most in the stadium business is the product you put on the field,” he adds. “If we have a good product, people are going to come to the stadium whether it’s 10 years old, 20 years old, 30 years old or 40 years old.”

Reach David Climer on Twitter @DavidClimer on at dclimer1018@yahoo.com.

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