Nashville Fairgrounds Board urges Mayor Cooper to begin demolition for MLS stadium

Posted at 6:58 AM, Feb 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-11 16:36:59-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — The Board of Fair Commissioners is urging Mayor John Cooper to begin demolition to make way for Nashville's Major League Soccer stadium.

Today's board meeting at the fairgrounds featured several items up for discussion, including the MLS stadium. The board voted to write a letter of encouragement to the mayor to begin demolition at the fairgrounds.

This comes after a week of closed-door meetings between the Mayor's Office and Nashville SC.

Over the weekend, Mayor John Cooper wrote an op-ed in The Tennessean, saying in part: "I’m honoring Metro’s commitment to build a stadium. Now, we need a financially sustainable path forward for soccer that enhances and preserves the historical uses of the fairgrounds."

Just hours later, Nashville SC launched a website and social media accounts, Build The Stadium, encouraging the public to sign a petition to move forward with the stadium build. More than 4,000 people have signed on.

The Mayor's Office released a statement, saying they don't understand the purpose of the new website, that Mayor Cooper is committed to soccer’s success in Nashville and looks forward to announcing an agreement.