The county seat of Davidson County and also 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 a 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 was a leading railroad centre. Owing to its tactical location as being a river port, Nashville continued to grow in its economic strength till the Civil War. However, the city soon recovered its economic position and grew even larger to be a shipping and trading area along with setting up a strong manufacturing base. In addition, it carried on growing its established publishing industry and encouraged the development of fine arts. Soon, Nashville was nicknamed the Music City.
As well as its rich culture and economic standing, Nashville has also remained in the news for its sports scene. Nashville houses a number of 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 a part 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 which they play are in 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 with the American Football Conference within the National playing in 1960. These were moved from Houston to Tennessee in 1997. They were then referred to as the Tennessee Oilers but modified their name to Tennessee Titans in 1999. The home field for the Tennessee Titans is definitely the LP field.
Nashville has a minor league baseball team which is called the Nashville Sounds. They are a part of the Pacific Coast League and play all their home games at the Herschel Greer Stadium. This stadium was inaugurated in 1978 and can host nearly 10,000 baseball fans. This team is acknowledged as one of the 100 greatest minor league teams. This league moved on to winning several titles including the PCL Championships in 2005, the Southern League title and also the Double A of the Cincinnati Reds and the Double A in the New York Yankees.
Earlier known as the Nashville Broncs, the Music City Starts is Nashvilles basketball team that is an expansion team of the American Basketball Association. This team began playing in the 2008-09 season and played their home games in the Nashville Municipal Auditorium but will be moving 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 encourages college sports and gives its support for the teams from Vanderbilt University, Belmont University and the Tennessee State University.