New Sounds Ballpark in the Works
After 35 years of playing baseball at Greer Stadium, the Nashville Sounds plan to build a new ballpark and move there at the start of the 2015 season.
The new 10,000-seat ballpark will be built on the historic Sulphur Dell Site, which was the original home of the Minor and Negro Nashville Leagues, dating back to 1860. The stadium will be built between Jackson and Harrison Streets and between Third and Fifth Avenues.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean says the ballpark will bring back the historic area that has been overlooked and neglected for sometime now. Dean stated, “We’ve made substantial investments south of Broadway, and this is a big investment in North Nashville. It’s a good deal financially, I believe, for the city.”
The Nashville Sounds’ ballpark is projected to cost 150 million dollars. The plan will also include a residential area and an underground parking garage. There has been a four-way deal between the Metro, the state, the Sounds and Embry Development Corp. to fund the project. The city is expected to pay $65 million, which will include $37 million to the ballpark, $23 million to pay Tennessee for the land, and $5 million for capitalized interest during construction. The rest of the money will be privately funded from the Sounds ownership and Embrey Development Corp. More money will be invested to help bring in housing and retail development to the area. The Metro will own the new stadium and the Sounds will lease it for a 30-year agreement.
The Sounds’ are offering $150 per seat priority season ticket deposits on sale now, which will guarantee seats at the new ballpark. Click here to reserve your seat at the new Sounds Ballpark