On the Rise: Nashville breaks ground on new Fairgrounds facilities

Posted at 8:45 AM, Nov 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-02 09:45:00-04

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday on new facilities at the Nashville Fairgrounds, despite a lawsuit seeking to stop work on the city’s Major League Soccer stadium. 

The suit asks a judge to stop the construction of the proposed expo site, as well as the demolition of 3,500 parking spaces. However, the official groundbreaking for the project went on as planned.

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“Today was an important step forward in what will soon be brand-new and modern expo facilities at the Fairgrounds,” said Mayor David Briley. “It’s taken a lot of work to get to this point and I am thankful to all involved who have gotten us to this day.” 

The new, modernized facilities include indoor exposition spaces, staff offices, a kitchen and café, outdoor sheds and an arena. 

Designs plans are still being finalized with the project management team. 

The project should be complete by summer 2019.