The Tennessee Titans are getting ready to build on last year’s success in 2021-22. The team hopes to ride superstar running back Derrick Henry, quarterback Ryan Tannehill, and newly added receiver Julio Jones to the AFC crown.
The return of football to Nashville means the return of tailgating at Nissan Stadium. It’s a tradition that combines Southern hospitality and local pride with the bright lights of Music City. This blog will fill you in on all of the action and how to find the best tailgate service at Nissan Stadium.
Before Game Day
Tennessee Titans 2021-22 Home Schedule
Here are the teams that will visit Nissan Stadium this season. All games are on Sundays, except where noted.
- Aug. 28 (Sat.) – Chicago
- Sept. 12 – Arizona
- Sept. 26 – Indianapolis
- Oct. 18 (Mon.) – Buffalo
- Oct. 24 – Kansas City
- Nov. 14 – New Orleans
- Nov. 21 – Houston
- Dec. 12 – Jacksonville
- Dec. 23 (Thurs.) – San Francisco
- Jan. 2 – Miami
Big Games: The Indianapolis Colts are likely the Titans’ biggest challengers for the AFC South title this year; its other divisional rivals are the Houston Texans and the upstart Jacksonville Jaguars. The games against Buffalo and Kansas City may be playoff previews.
Single-game, flex-plan, and season tickets are available at the Titans’ online ticket office. You’ll also find a link to the NFL Ticket Exchange. Try to get your tickets as far in advance as you can — the Titans are a team that the whole league is watching this season.
Travel, Accommodations, and Transportation
Nashville is roughly in the north-central area of the state of Tennessee. Here’s info on how to get there and where you can stay after you do.
Traveling to Nashville
Driving: Interstates 24, 40, and 65 all go to Nashville, as does US Routes 31 and 431.
Air Travel: Nashville International Airport (BNA) takes direct flights from most U.S. cities, with 92 domestic flights every day. If your local airport doesn’t fly to Music City, you’re probably not far away from one that does.
Nearby Hotels and Accommodations
Lodging options near the stadium include La Quinta, Quality Inn, Clarion Hotel, and the budget-friendly Knights Inn. Downtown hotels only a short walk from the stadium include TownePlace Suites, 21c Museum Hotel, Hotel Indigo, Bobby Hotel, Courtyard, Fairlane, DoubleTree, and The Capitol.
Check out more recommendations for Nashville hotels from TripAdvisor.
If you’ll be hosting a tailgate party at Nissan Stadium, we strongly recommend lining up an Airbnb residential rental. It will probably be big enough for your tailgating rig and equipment and will have a kitchen for pre-game prep.
Getting to Nissan Stadium
Only a couple of bus routes approach Nissan Stadium, but the Titans’ transportation rideshare page has info on other options for non-drivers. They include the Titans Express train, the InShuttle Titan Fan Express, the Miller Lite Rideshare Lounge, and Lyft.
How to Tailgate at Nissan Stadium
Tailgating at Nissan Stadium is a pre-game requirement — or at least an exceptionally good idea. Here are some tips on pulling it off.
Tailgating at Nissan Stadium: Parking
Want to know where to find the best spots? Check out our tips below!
Parking at Nissan Stadium is pretty straightforward: You need a parking pass issued by the Titans. They’re expensive but relatively easy to get — head to MaximTickets, search for “Tennessee Titans,” find your game, pick your lot, buy your pass. There are no game-day or cash lots at the stadium. Here’s the parking map.
If you don’t plan to host your own tailgate, a better choice is to park downtown and walk across the Cumberland River to the stadium. Spots in Nashville garages will almost certainly be cheaper than stadium spaces, so if you’re able to walk a mile or so, they’re a better deal. We recommend using SpotHero to find parking on game-day.
Parking Lot P is the only stadium lot that accommodates RVs, and overnight parking is not allowed. RV drivers also need to get their parking passes in advance. Call the Titans’ parking office at (615) 565-4200 to ask about available spots in Lot P (if there are any).
All Nissan Stadium parking lots open four hours before the game.
Where to Tailgate at Nissan Stadium
All lots are open for tailgating at Nissan Stadium, and you can’t really go wrong at any of them. Southern barbecue — which really is the only barbecue — is always on the menu. You’re likely to find great grilled beef, pork, chicken, and seafood, along with world-famous Nashville hot chicken.
As for activities, Titans tailgaters have this thing about “sholf.” It’s a cross between shuffleboard and golf that they apparently take very, very seriously. We’re talking season-long sholf tournaments. If this sounds too intense, we’re sure you’ll find a cornhole or cup pong contest not too far away.
A couple of the more popular spots for tailgating at Nissan Stadium are:
South End Zone Lot
This stadium lot was built to accommodate tailgating, so it’s one that most tailgaters seek out on game day. It’s got the coldest beers, the spiciest barbecue, and the highest spirits of all of the parking lot parties.
Nissan Stadium is unique to the NFL in that it’s next to an extremely active nightlife area: Broadway and its massive collection of bars, taverns, honkytonks, and sports bars. Most of them open up for Titans games and may be all of the tailgating you need.
Tailgating at Nissan Stadium: Rules and Tips
The Titans have a few policies for tailgating at Nissan Stadium, including:
- No blocking of parking access or roadways
- Use weights to hold tents in place — no spikes
- No propane grills
- Extinguish hot coals in designated dumpsters
You can find more regulations on the Titans’ policy page under the header “Tailgating.”
Nearby Drinks, Food, and Attractions
Nashville has a little of everything. Here are some suggestions for bars, restaurants, and things to do.
Bars Near Nissan Stadium
You’ll have to cross the Cumberland River to get to downtown bars, but oh, the choices you’ll have.
Great sports bars include HQ Nashville, Benchmark, and Buffalo’s. On Broadway, you’ll come across some of the best drink and music joints in the nation, including Robert’s Western World, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Tin Roof, A.J.’s Good Time Bar (owned by country star Alan Jackson), the Corner Bar At Elliston Place, Dogwood Nashville, The Red Door Saloon, and many more.
Restaurants Near Nissan Stadium
Some of the top restaurants close to Nissan Stadium include:
- Rodizio Grill
- The Stillery
- B. King’s Blues Club (for Creole and Cajun food)
- Another Broken Egg Cafe
- Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse
- Wildhorse Saloon
- Sun Diner
- Bakersfield Tacos
- Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Nashville Local Attractions
Music City has plenty of historic sites in country music to visit, as well as some other great local attractions. They include:
- Grand Ole Opry
- Ryman Auditorium
- Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
- Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage
- The Johnny Cash Museum
- RCA Studio B
- Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum
- Nashville Parthenon
- Nashville Zoo
- Tennessee State Museum
- Lane Motor Museum
Tailgating at Nissan Stadium should definitely be part of your agenda for Titans game day. No other pre-game party has its combination of big-city entertainment value and small-town pride.