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Plans Revealed For New Sulphur Dell Ballpark

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by Emily Luxen           

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Hundreds filled the Nashville Farmers Market Thursday for a chance to look at detailed plans for the new proposed Nashville Sounds ballpark in downtown Nashville.

Officials from the Metro Planning Department presented the plans for the 10,000 seat stadium which will span from Jefferson Street to Harrison Street and cover 3rd, 4th, and 5th avenues.

The minor league ballpark would sit 14-feet below street level, so sound will be directed toward downtown. It will also feature state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems. The stadium would be surrounded by a green space that includes outdoor seating and a play area for kids, and private development.

People in attendance had a chance to submit written questions and voice concerns.

"My condo faces what will be the new ballpark," said Nashville resident J.R. Simon.  " I'm interested in the layout to make sure my unit won't look at a brick wall."

"We have two cars, and I assume most people probably have two cars in our condo building," said Nashville resident Lucretia Grant.  "I am not sure how parking will work out for us."

However, most of the feedback was positive.  Supporters arrived at the meeting wearing red T-shirts, and many who live nearby say it will enhance the neighborhood and connect North Nashville with downtown.

"It's going to be big for our organization," said Brad Tammen, General Manager of the Nashville Sounds, "It will put the Sounds at another level of AAA baseball.  It will put us at the top of AAA baseball without a doubt."

"It's going to be really exciting to hear the crack of the bat and the crowd cheering," said Cindy Lovelace, who has a balcony that overlooks the site of the proposed ballpark.  "We are looking forward to breaking ground and getting going on it."

Sulphur Dell is the original home of professional baseball in Nashville, and starting in the 1860's, minor league and Negro league teams played in the area.  Old photographs are displayed in Lovelace's building, and she said the history is important to the area.

"My husband and I are huge baseball fans, so I appreciate the history," said Lovelace.  "I think putting a new ballpark in this area makes perfect sense.  We were so excited when we found out about it."

Developers stressed the plans are still preliminary.  They plan to file legislation with Metro Council about details of property transactions, and financing for the $40 million stadium in the next few weeks.  There will also be more community meetings in the near future about the proposal.

Previous projections aim to have the stadium open for the 2015 season.

The Nashville Sounds have played at Greer Stadium since 1978.  Previous plans for a new stadium at the old Nashville Thermal Transfer Plant Site fell apart in 2007.


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