The Titans continue to push for a new, unrenovated stadium

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The Titans continue to push for a new stadium and they continue to resist the potential renovation of their existing home in Nashville.

Through the tennessianTitans president and CEO Burke Nihill said a new stadium was the best long-term solution for the team and its current hometown.

Nihill presented the Metro Sports Authority with an analysis from AECOM Hunt Construction on Thursday, which concluded that the Nissan Stadium would require $1.2 billion to be renovated with an additional $900 million in upgrades to remain relevant until further notice. in 2039, the duration of the current lease. It’s $2.1 billion. A new stadium is expected to cost between $1.9 billion and $2.2 billion.

The Titans, like most other NFL teams, would like to pass the bulk of the spending on to taxpayers. Based on earlier reports and public comment, a new stadium would be built with $700 million in private funds — and $1.5 billion in public funds, by far a new record.

“The mayor said it last week. . . that in his view doing nothing is not an option,” Nihill told reporters. “I think we’ve seen it that way for three or four years. Probably longer. Just understanding that the state of this building, the increasing NFL standards and really all the building standards we had to stop plugging the holes and come up with a complete solution. . . . The state of construction of the current building [and] the inflexibility of the current building makes it hard to imagine this building being a 50- or 60-year-old building, which it would be if we extended the lease and provided the funding to do a full-scale renovation.

Giving the Titans extra leverage is the idea that, according to Nihill, it will cost the Metro Sports Authority $1.8 billion to keep the stadium up to date until 2039. So the obvious alternative is simply to build a new one.

Mayor John Cooper has proposed that the Titans, and not the Metro Sports Authority, be responsible for the costs of maintaining and improving the stadium, if a new facility is built. Cooper also asked the Titans to cover any construction cost overruns.

So the options right now are: (1) spend a lot of taxpayers’ money on a new stadium; (2) spending a lot of taxpayers’ money to meet contractual obligations to maintain and upgrade the current stadium; or (3) breach obligations under the current lease and risk the Titans doing to Nashville what the franchise did to Houston in the 1990s — leaving town.

Choose wisely, Nashville, because if the team is ever lucky enough to go elsewhere for what it can’t get there, it won’t take two guesses to figure out what it will do.

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