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Riverfront Park Opening Pushed Back

NASHVILLE - There's some good and bad news surrounding the Nashville Sounds downtown ballpark. The new riverfront park is still planned, but the opening date has been pushed back.

The completion date for a downtown ball park will move from April 2008 to April 2009.

"It's disappointing news," wrote Sounds General Manager Glenn Yaeger in a letter to sponsors and fans.

The letter said ballpark construction cannot begin until the construction account is fully funded.

Yaeger went on to say he expects the construction account to be ready by April 15 of this year.

Metro Councilman David Briley said he sure hopes so. 

"It's a complicated deal. Everyone expected this would take some time to iron out the details. It's taking so long now, everyone has become concerned the project may not happen in the end," Briley said.

The $43 million ballpark will seat just over 12,000 people.

The new ball park will rise from the same site at the old Nashville Thermal Transfer site on the river.

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