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Deal Reached For New Ballpark North Of Downtown

Posted: Updated: Nov 8, 2013 05:27 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The mayor's office has announced a deal to build a new ballpark for the Nashville Sounds, with plans to open the new stadium in time for the 2015 season.

The announcement was made late Friday afternoon.

The ballpark will be built at the Sulphur Dell site on the north side of downtown, just south of Jefferson Street between 3rd Avenue North and 5th Avenue North. 

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean released a statement saying deals have been reached with the State of Tennessee, the Nashville Sounds and a private developer. 

"This investment north of downtown returns baseball to its historic home in Sulphur Dell and will spur further redevelopment of the Jefferson Street area," said Dean. 

The ballpark with hold 10,000 people, with 8,500 fixed seats. 

The development plan includes a new greenway for the Music City Bikeway on the south side, as well as a 1,000-space parking lot. 

Officials said they were working to finalize all the property and financing agreements by the end of 2013 so the ballpark could be built and open in time for the 2015 season. 

Sounds owners said the time was right for a new stadium. 

"Greer Stadium has far outlived its useful life, and we can't wait to give Nashvillians a top-notch experience at Sulphur Dell. Our investments, plus those of all our partners, will truly transform this area of North Nashville, and we are thankful for this opportunity," said Frank Ward, co-owner of the Nashville Sounds.

Details of the plan were expected to be presented to the Metro Council and Nashville Sports Authority on Monday. 

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