July 26, 2017
By: Steve Degler
The 2017 Degler family vacation took us to Tennessee in mid-July. The first three days were spent in Nashville, it was my first trip to the city nicknamed "The Athens of the South." Even though it is known for country music (I may have gone to a honky tonk or three), it has become a prominent sports town.
The Predators played the Penguins in the 2017 Stanley Cup final. Bridgestone Arena, from what I saw on the TV broadcasts, appears to be a fun and loud place to watch a game. The arena is right in the middle of everything in the city's downtown. Nissan Stadium is home to the NFL's Titans. On the weekend we were in town, it played host to a different kind of football. An international soccer doubleheader, part of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, was held there. Team USA tied Panama in one of the games.
Vanderbilt University is located in Nashville. The Commodores football stadium is the smallest in the SEC. There is also minor league baseball in the city. The Nashville Sounds are the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A's.
I would highly recommend a visit there. It has a great combination of music and sports plus there are plenty of other things to do in and around Nashville. If there is one thing I learned during our visit, Johnny Cash is still a king there. He sang "I've been everywhere, man." His stuff is everywhere in Nashville.
Next time, I'll cover my visit to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and its connection to a Lehigh Valley legend.