LP Field is the football stadium found in Nashville and owned by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. It is located on the east bank of the Cumberland River, directly across from downtown Nashville. The stadium holds a capacity of 69,143 people and the playing surface is Tifsport Bermuda Sod. The natural grass used for the stadiums field normally is replaced halfway through the season because of the wear and tear of games and the warm Nashville climate.
LP Field has not always been known as LP. In fact, the Tennessee Titans actually began their careers in Houston on a team called the Oilers. The city of Houston decided against building an “only” football complex for the Oilers so owner, Bud Adams, met with then Mayor Phil Bredeson to come to an agreement about moving the team. The project broke ground on May 3, 1997 and completed on schedule on August 27, 1999.
Naming rights has always been an interesting deal for the stadium. During construction, it had no name and was referred to “The East Bank Stadium” due to its proximity to the Cumberland River. The first name given to the stadium was the Adelphia Coliseum after Adelphia Business Solutions in a 15 year, 30 million deal for naming rights. Adelphia filed bankruptcy and the arrangement ceased creating the second name, the “Coliseum” by dropping Adelphia in the official trademark. The most recent name “LP Field” comes from an arrangement with Louisiana Pacific June 6, 2006. LP is paying 30 million dollars over 10 years for the naming rights.
Aside from the legal arrangements, LP field creates an incredible environment to see a professional football game or a concert. The tailgate atmosphere and love for music just adds to why a venue like LP is a staple to Nashville’s city!