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Mayor Dean Talks About Proposed Site For New Sounds Stadium

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville Mayor Karl Dean spoke out about the proposed new home for the Nashville Sounds Friday morning, saying the process is further along than it's ever been. But he cautioned it was still early in the process.

"If my administration is going to move forward with a new baseball stadium, it is going to be at Sulphur Dell," Mayor Dean said at a news conference.

Mayor Dean said his administration is taking the first step to acquire the land from the state at the site where the old Sulphur Dell stadium sat between 4th and 5th Avenues near Jefferson Street before it was torn down in 1969.

The mayor stressed it has to make sense for taxpayers and there are still many details to be worked out.

"As Mayor, as a baseball fan, and as a person who appreciates history, the prospect of bringing baseball to the historic home in north Nashville makes me excited as well," the mayor continued. "However, I can't stress this enough, we are still early in the process."

He said that the Sulphur Dell site is the most "economically feasible" location among those studied, and will generate the greatest economic impact, in his opinion. He said it will also generate development along Jefferson Street.

He also noted the historic aspect of the site, saying that Jackie Robinson, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, and Babe Ruth were among those that played at the old Sulphur Dell stadium. He added that BB King and James Brown also performed concerts there.

Business owners and home owners around the Sulphur Dell district near Bicentennial Mall are excited about what could soon be built in their neighborhood. 

"My husband told me the Sounds are building a new stadium for the Sounds just down the street near Bicentennial Mall," said Germantown homeowner Lynnette Davidson.

She and her husband moved into this neighborhood in 2004 and she said the past nine years she's seen growth from businesses to community and she welcomes everything that comes with a new stadium.

"We have a little girl, so we've already talked about getting season tickets and we might be able to take her, go for a couple of innings and be able to take her and be home before bedtime, so it means a lot to our family to be able to have something else we all can do here," said Davidson.

"As I was driving around the neighborhood yesterday, I just got a warm fuzzy feeling inside; I could have never picked a better place to be on the forefront of its growth. I am excited about what they are doing in Germantown," said Cupcake Collection's Mignon Francois.

She said not only would this addition be good for business, but it even more special to bring a part of Nashville's history back home.

"It's a wonderful thing to see this come back, especially for this community. the history of it and to know that the negro league played there, means a lot to me, to see it come back and be important again," said Francois.

When it comes to what taxpayers would have to contribute to the project, Metro Council member Erica Gilmore said, "When you talk about job creation and more businesses coming in that can pay into our base, I would say the investment by the tax payers in the end, in terms of the return, it cannot be beat in terms of this."

The Sulphur Dell site has long been one of the sites proposed to replace Greer Stadium.

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