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New Baseball Stadium Evaluation Study Released

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Three sites have been proposed for further study as possible sites for a new baseball stadium for the Nashville Sounds in a report released Thursday.

The study was prepared by sports consulting firm Populous. The firm looked at where infrastructure improvements could be made to allow a potential new Triple A park for the minor league team.

The initial study looked at eight potential sites, and suggested the city narrow their focus to three, including the Sulphur Dell site just north of downtown, the East Bank property south of LP Field, and the North Gulch site just north of Charlotte Avenue.

The Sulphur Dell site could be a popular historic location since it's where the old Nashville Vols baseball team used to play. Researchers said the site would give an attractive view of the downtown skyline.

The study found that the site on the East Bank of the Cumberland River would "produce impact on a grand scale," creating a new "front door" to downtown. Three individual locations were identified in the area. PCS Metals Inc. is currently located at the site.

The North Gulch site was recommended for further study because of its potential as a gateway to downtown from West Nashville, and opportunities for additional commercial and residential development.

One possible location that has been considered in the past is the 11-acre site of the old Thermal plant just south of Broadway. Researches said the placement of a ball park on the site would be a "severe underutilization" of the property due to its potential as public open space in the downtown area.

The site evaluation study was done to determine whether it would be feasible to replace Greer Stadium, where the Nashville Sounds currently play. A revitalization of the ball park's current location was also studied, but determined not to be one of the better options.

Owners made significant improvements to the stadium two years ago.

The Sounds lease agreement at Greer Stadium expires December 2013. Greer is one of the oldest Triple-A stadiums.

The entire 200-page report can be viewed at Nashville.gov/mayor.

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