NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – There is growing pressure to bring a professional women’s sports team to Music City.
According to the Metro Nashville Sports Authority, the process has been underway for two years and a consultant report shows there is support for a women’s basketball or soccer team.
“We’ve heard from the community, there’s a lot of interest in both. And it was really tight,” said Monica Fawknotson, executive director of the Metro Nashville Sports Authority. “Football came out a bit early. But we think the WNBA and NWSL would both be great leagues for Nashville.
She told News 2 that her survey had about 4,400 participants and that showed there was a lot of support for having a professional women’s sports team in Nashville. She says the number of people who responded was surprising to the sports authority and consultants and the number of men backing the idea was also encouraging.
“I think it’s extremely important for any business like this to have the support of your colleagues,” Fawknotson said. “Even though we were looking to bring major league football here, one of the things that really helped us was the support the Titans and the Predators showed.”
When the sports authority presented the report at a meeting, Titans CEO Burke Nihill stood up and explained how the Titans were “totally on board” with supporting this and doing everything. what they could to help.
“We think there’s some urgency, we know the National Women’s Soccer League wants to expand, we know the WNBA is looking at and talking about expansion as well,” Fawknotson said. “So we want to make sure that when that window opens, we’ll be ready.”
She said they wanted to share the recent report with the WNBA and NWSL so they know Nashville has the market to support another team. The consultants discovered that the new team would inspire many young girls in Nashville.
“One of the things that came out of the report was a need. The community said we needed more female role models, and when you look at the NWSL and what’s happened with football and women’s sports in general, I think just having those visible role models in the community that young girls will see and be able to admire, I think that’s really important,” Fawknotson said.