The county seat of Davidson County and also the capital of the state of Tennessee is the city of Nashville. After Memphis, Nashville is among the most populous city within the state. Nashville includes seven small municipalities in its 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 leading 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 setting up a strong manufacturing base. It also continued to grow 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 news reports due to its sports scene. Nashville is home to several professional sports teams; some of the prominent ones being the Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans. The Nashville Predators are the areas professional ice hockey team and they are an element of the Central Division of the Western Conference in the National Hockey League. They were formed in 1962 and were then referred to as the Dixie Flyers. All the home games which 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 within 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 also has a minor league baseball team which is called 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 nearly 10,000 baseball fans. This team is recognized as one of the 100 greatest minor league teams. This league moved through to winning several titles such as 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.
Previously 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 in 2009 in line with Nashvilles strong association with the music industry.
Nashville also motivates college sports and gives its support for the teams from Vanderbilt University, Belmont University along with the Tennessee State University.