People throughout the globe recognize Nashville as Music City and the country music capital of the world. Music is our most visible export to the planet, and a title we wear with pride.
But as those of us who live, work and play in the area are well aware, Nashville is more than music. For the past 15 years, we’ve earned a reputation as a sports city, too. The Nashville Sounds have long provided sports hungry fans with semi-professional baseball, and with the arrival in the 1990s of both professional football and professional hockey in the Tennessee Titans and the Nashville Predators, both fielding championship caliber teams, the branding of the mid-state took on an additional face.
It has always been a point of pride to identify country superstars as “ours,” and now we can add not only players from the Titans and the Preds as residents of the area, but stars from the stage and screen, all types of sports and all genres of music have chosen to make Nashville, Williamson County and other surrounding counties their home, adding a richness to the quality of life in these Tennessee hills.
Our high-profile neighbors provide a uniqueness to the area and help to make this an extraordinary place to call home. The athletes and entertainers who live in the mid-state contribute in large measure to philanthropic and non-profit efforts and happily converge on numerous occasions to celebrate and support community endeavors.
Amy Grant may have said it best when she said: “It’s like a really big small town.” The inaugural issue of Sports & Entertainment tips its hat to those of you involved in making this a one-of-a-kind hometown and offer sincere gratitude for your contributions. A magazine of this scale would not be possible without the efforts of many people, chief among them, those of you who have chosen to support the magazine with your sponsorship dollars. We are deeply grateful.
Sports & Entertainment is honored to be sponsored by the Nashville Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, and we offer sincere thanks to the leadership of NCVB, as well as the Williamson County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and its leadership and Williamson County Economic Development. Because of their vision and dedication to the development of sports and entertainment, the mid-state is the best place on earth to live, to work and to play.