NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Media got a first look at the construction of First Tennessee Park on Wednesday afternoon.
Mayor Karl Dean and Nashville Sounds owner Frank Ward hosted the tour of the city’s new minor-league ballpark.
Construction began on the $37-million park in January 2014 and is expected to be done in time for opening day on April 17.
"I think the stadium looks great and I really think that folks have been working hard. We've been blessed that we've had a mild winter so far," said Dean. "There's a lot of work to be done. We're confident that they can get it done and I'm looking forward to the opening and I'm looking forward to the Sounds having a great season."
Sky 5 HD flew over the ballpark and gave a good vantage point of how the field is shaping up.
The stadium will also apparently offer some cheaper seats than before with fans paying anywhere from $9 to $20. People who sit on the berm in outfield will only pay $7.
"That's what it was designed for," said owner Frank Ward. "Triple-A baseball was always affordable and we've tried to keep that. We've went up a little because it's a better venue. We also try to keep it family affordable."
The stadium itself may be on track, but a parking garage the state has to build will not be ready until October. Mayor Dean said they are coming up with a parking plan now on how to shuttle fans here in a few weeks.
Last month, the team unveiled a revised color scheme for the new logo after feedback from the fans. The new logo was first unveiled in October and featured a guitar pick in an orange, tan, and black color scheme.
Ward said they made the decision to return to the traditional red and black color scheme the team had worn for the past 16 years, while adding a new silver accent color to the new logo.
Season tickets are on sale at www.nashvillesounds.com.