The county seat of Davidson County and the capital of the state of Tennessee is the city of Nashville. After Memphis, Nashville is the most populated city in the state. Nashville also includes 7 small municipalities in its government system and is also known as the hub for a number of industries such as banking, music, publishing, healthcare and transportation.
Nashville was named after the American war hero Francis Nash and became a leading railroad centre. Owing to its tactical location as a river port, Nashville carried on growing in its economic strength until the Civil War. However, the city soon reclaimed its economic position and continued to grow as a shipping and trading area along with developing a strong manufacturing base. In addition, it carried on growing its established publishing industry and inspired the creation of fine arts. Soon, Nashville was nicknamed the Music City.
As well as its prosperous culture and economic standing, Nashville has also remained in news reports due to its sports scene. Nashville is home to several professional sports teams; a few of the prominent ones being the Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans. The Nashville Predators are the areas professional ice hockey team and are an element of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League. They were formed in 1962 and were then known as the Dixie Flyers. All of the home games that they play are at the Sommet Centre which was formerly called the Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Their professional football team goes by the name of the Tennessee Titans. They belong to the South Division of the American Football Conference in the National playing in 1960. These were moved from Houston to Tennessee in 1997. They were then referred to as the Tennessee Oilers but changed their name to Tennessee Titans in 1999. The home field for the Tennessee Titans is definitely the LP field.
Nashville also has a minor league baseball team which is known as the Nashville Sounds. They are an element of the Pacific Coast League and play all their home games in the Herschel Greer Stadium. This stadium was inaugurated in 1978 and can host almost 10,000 baseball fans. This team has been acknowledged as one of the 100 greatest minor league teams. This league moved on to winning several titles such as the PCL Championships in 2005, the Southern League title and the Double A of the Cincinnati Reds as well as the Double A in the New York Yankees.
Earlier called the Nashville Broncs, the Music City Starts is Nashvilles basketball team which is an expansion team in the American Basketball Association. This team began playing in the 2008-09 season and played their home games within the Nashville Municipal Auditorium but shall be shifting to the Allen Arena for their games in the 2009-10 seasons. The Nashville Broncs formally changed their name to the Music City Stars during 2009 in keeping with Nashvilles strong association with the music industry.
Nashville also motivates college sports and lends its support for the teams from Vanderbilt University, Belmont University and the Tennessee State University.