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Greer Stadium Showing Its Age, Fans Still Having Fun At Ballpark

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By Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Nashville Sounds held their home opening game at Greer Stadium Thursday. It was the 33rd opening day for the stadium that was built back in 1978. After all those years, the process is about to start to find a new location for baseball in Nashville.

Many people think Greer Stadium is definitely showing the signs of its age.

"I think it gets a bad wrap, but there's a mystique to it that you can't get with a newer park," said Sounds fan Glenn Randolph.

But Randolph knows, at some point, a new stadium in Nashville will become a reality.

"Change is one of those things that is inevitable and we need it in order to keep baseball in Nashville, so I'm all about it," according to Randolph.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean threw out the first pitch of the Sounds' 2011 season. His office will soon conduct a feasibility study to see what area of the city would be the best fit for a new stadium. It could take up to a year to conduct that study.

The Sounds' ownership group sees that as the a good first step towards a new ballpark.

"We're encouraged, we're going to go through the process. We know it will take a little bit of time. We're eager, we're optimistic that will happen," according to Brad Tammen, vice president and general manager for the Sounds.

Tammen said a new stadium would almost guarantee a boost in attendance. Back in 1998, he was with a minor league team in Oklahoma City when they moved into a new stadium. He said the change had a huge impact.

"You get a tremendous boost, you add a lot of excitement with some new promotions inside the ballpark, video, a concourse, suites. I mean it takes it to another level," Tammen added.

Many fans love Greer Stadium and would not mind going to a new stadium.  But season ticket holder Janice Wolf said it really depends on where that stadium is located.

"Well, if they put it downtown, I wouldn't go.  Downtown is for passing through, not stopping," Wolf said.

Last season, the Sounds had an average attendance of 5,000 fans. Greer Stadium has a 10,700 seat capacity. Attendance increased by 16,000 fans in 2010.


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