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Sounds Strike Out On Stadium Deal

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Metro Council rejected giving the city's minor league baseball team and a Baltimore developer more time to work out the financial arrangements and design work for a proposed downtown ballpark.

The council voted 38-0 Tuesday night against granting a second extension to the Nashville Sounds and Struever Bros. Eccles and Rouse. The parties wanted six more months to complete design work and financing for a new, multimillion dollar riverfront park. The current deadline is April 15.

The Sounds are the AAA affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.

"We've all spent a lot of time, energy, and resources on the project over the last two years. It's a disappointing day for us," said Sounds General Manager Glenn Yaeger.

Councilman-at-Large David Briley said it was a complicated deal and that both sides, but "at the end it's the Sounds that have been unable to put additional new cash in to get the deal closed."

Despite the vote Tuesday night, Yaeger said he remains hopeful that the team will stay in Middle Tennessee.

"We hope that there are other development partners more capable with financing capabilities that could deliver, that would be interested in this project and hopefully they will approach the city or the Sounds," he said.

Briley was among those uncertain that it would be easy to determine how to develop the 11.5 acre Nashville Thermal Transfer Plant site.

"I'm doubtful that this council and this mayor will be able to get anything done down there and it will be left to the next council and mayor to decide what to do with this property," he said.

Will Middle Tennessee see a new ball park for downtown Nashville?

Some hope so, but others see the property as a prime real estate used for other types of development. The land, which overlooks the Cumberland River across from LP Field, is one of the hottest pieces of real estate in Tennessee.

The Sounds will start to look for a new developer, raising the possibility that the whole process could start over again.

The team will have 72 games at its current home, Greer Stadium, this year. The season opener is a 7 p.m. contest on Thursday against the New Orleans Zephyrs.

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