Nashville Fairgrounds lawsuit heads to trial

Posted at 5:46 PM, Feb 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 18:49:21-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Chancery Court Judge denied the city's motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the group "Save our Fairgrounds," sending the lawsuit to trial.

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The group filed the lawsuit in January of last year on the basis that the Metro Charter requires Metro to host the State Fair and other activities and the construction of the decided upon MLS stadium threatens that.

Nashville was awarded a MLS franchise in 2017. Metro Nashville City Council members approved the construction of a MLS stadium at the fairgrounds site in 2018.

Since then the group has been fighting the plan, saying the site won't physically hold all the events that are designated to be held at the fairgrounds.

A hearing was set for February 14 at 9 a.m. to select a trial date as well as other procedural items. Recently, the city has faced criticism by MLS soccer officials in regards to the delay of the stadium's construction.

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