by Patti McClintic and Robin Beers
If you’ve been in Nashville for the last few days and have been wondering what’s going on at Nissan Stadium, let us fill you in! We were fortunate enough to sit down and chat with country music legend, Jeannie Seely and her nephew, Cole Seely today and get all the details. Cole is a professional motocross racer and is in town this weekend for the Monster Energy AMA Supercross FIM Championship to be held on Saturday, April 6th.
The Seely family is especially excited, not only because Cole is a participant in the event, but because they are huge fans of the sport and it’s the first time it has ever come to Nashville. They love it so much that they attend the Las Vegas races each May and actually incorporate their family reunion right into the event as well.
The activities at Nissan Stadium on Saturday are going to begin with qualifying at noon. The night time show will kick off at 6:30 PM with Jeannie Seely singing the National Anthem, followed by heat races and the main event. All day long there will be activities such as meet and greets with the riders, and “a look behind the scenes, so to speak”, said Cole. Jeannie added that families are encouraged to come out as there are all kinds of things to see and do for all ages. “There’s just nothing like hearing engines”, she remarked.
Nashville’s event will be the 14th of 17 rounds of this season’s competitions. Cole is very happy to be back after a serious injury in Tampa in 2018 that could have been career-ending if not for the Seely family tenacity. His athleticism and determination helped move him forward and he thanks his sponsor, HRC Honda, his family, his fans and all the new fans he hopes to meet on Saturday, for their support. Jeannie compared the HRC Honda family to that of the Grand Ole Opry family. They are competitors, yet they uplift one another as well.
Video courtesy of Monster Energy Supercross and YouTube
Jeannie Seely was glad that we were there today to help spread the news about AMA Supercross with country music fans, as she feels they go together. In fact, she had a funny story about that. “Pete Fisher asked me if I had talked to Craig Morgan about Cole. I said I hadn’t. He said Craig and his son were riders and fans of Supercross. So, I went to Craig’s dressing room (at the Opry) and he looked at me and said, ‘I can’t believe this, I’ve been on the Opry with you, and then run home to watch Cole Seely on the race and never tied the names together.’ He is so regretting he can’t be here for the race, but he’s on a military thing. He’s a big, big fan.”
We are so looking forward to seeing everyone out at Nissan Stadium on Saturday to cheer on Cole and meet all the riders. Bring everyone in the family because there will be something for everyone, but if you want to get a glimpse of Cole a little bit sooner, he’ll appear on the Grand Ole Opry stage with his Aunt Jeannie on Friday, April 5th at 7 PM. He won’t be performing, even though he did say he plays guitar, he just isn’t comfortable with that particular venue – yet.
Tickets for the Monster Energy AMA Supercross FIM World Championship are available: https://www.supercrosslive.com/events/nashville-tn-2019-tickets
Tickets for the Grand Ole Opry are available at: https://www.opry.com/