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Neighbors Wonder What Happens If Sounds Leave Greer

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by Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The announcement of Nashville's plans to build a new baseball stadium has people who live near the current stadium wondering what might happen in their neighborhood.

For 35 seasons fans from across Nashville have traveled to Chestnut Avenue to catch a Nashville Sounds baseball game at Greer Stadium. But for hundreds of families in the Wedgewood-Houston area, the team is a neighbor.

"We've loved having the Sounds here," said Courtney Hicks. "We enjoy walking to games from our house, we love the fireworks on the weekend, when they have games. We can see those from our back porch."

Hicks not only lives near the stadium, she and her husband operate the non-profit Harvest Hands just a few blocks from the stadium.

"Every summer we take our youth, that are part of our after school program, up here to ball games. We're actually so close that we can walk," Hicks explained.

However, last week's announcement of a possible new Sounds stadium has Hicks, and many of the people who live in the area, wondering what would become of the stadium property.

"I think everyone is still just trying to get as much information as they can right now," said Colby Sledge with the group South Nashville Action People.

The Wedgewood-Houston area has evolved over the last few years and community leaders hope if the Sounds leave, it will not have a negative impact on that progress.

"Everybody seems to be taking a wait and see approach, to see what could possibly happen over there," Sledge said.

Sledge said the Sounds have been great to work with over the years, and the team has been active with the community.

"We've had good relationships with them, they've provided tickets to neighborhood give always, so they've been a good neighbor," according to Sledge.

Harvest Hands has teamed up with the Sounds for a crucial 5K fundraiser this fall.

"We are going to start the race in their parking lot, and finish it on the field of the Sounds. They've been a huge help, helping us promote the race and partnering with us to make that a successful event," Hicks said.

Even though next season could be the Sounds' last season at Greer Stadium, Hicks is hopeful the team will still be supportive, no matter where in the city it moves.

The process of building the team a news stadium in the Sulphur Dell area of downtown Nashville has just begun. City leaders are working with the Haslam administration to come up with a deal to build the stadium on state-owned property.

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