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Save Our Fairgrounds to file injunction to stop MLS stadium deal

Posted: 7:03 AM, Feb 14, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-14 09:47:08-05
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The city is facing another lawsuit from a local group after Mayor John Cooper and Nashville SC reached a deal to move forward with the construction of a Major League Soccer stadium.

In order to build the stadium, facilities at the fairgrounds have to be demolished. The group Save our Fairgrounds say they plan to file an injunction Friday to stop the project.

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Save our Fairgrounds say they need these buildings so they can host the state fair, and tearing them down violates the Metro Charter.

However, the deal does say there will be a space between the stadium and the historic raceway, but the Save our Fairgrounds president Duane Dominy says it's just not enough for hosting events.

The stadium deal includes Nashville Soccer Holdings paying for the entire stadium and the estimated $19 million infrastructure around it. The team will take over Metro's obligation to pay up to 35 million dollars in lease payments.

As a part of the deal, demolition is supposed to being immediately.

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