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 populous city within the state. Nashville includes 7 small municipalities in their government system and is 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 became a prime railroad centre. Owing to its strategic location as being a river port, Nashville carried on growing in its economic strength till the Civil War. However, the city soon reclaimed its economic position and grew even larger as a shipping and trading area along with developing a strong manufacturing base. It also continued to grow its established publishing industry and inspired 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 is home to a number of professional sports teams; a few of the prominent ones being the Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans. The Nashville Predators are definitely 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 referred to as the Dixie Flyers. All of the home games that they play are at the Sommet Centre which was formerly known as 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 in the National playing in 1960. They 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 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 of 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 recognized as one of the 100 greatest minor league teams. This league has gone on to winning several titles such as the PCL Championships in 2005, the Southern League title and also the Double A of the Cincinnati Reds as well as the Double A of the New York Yankees.
Earlier called the Nashville Broncs, the Music City Starts is Nashvilles basketball team which is an expansion team of the American Basketball Association. This team began playing in the 2008-09 season and played their home games within the Nashville Municipal Auditorium but will be shifting to the Allen Arena for their games in the 2009-10 seasons. The Nashville Broncs officially changed their name to the Music City Stars during 2009 in keeping with Nashvilles strong connection to the music industry.
Nashville also motivates college sports and gives its support to the teams from Vanderbilt University, Belmont University along with the Tennessee State University.