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New Nashville Ballpark Details Revealed - John Dunn

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NASHVILLE, TN --  Baseball is very much on the minds of people in Nashville. A new baseball stadium could soon be coming to Music City. City leaders are revealing more about their plans for the first time.
  
Anyone who has been to Greer Stadium knows that it is showing its age. Now there's an effort to build a new ballpark for the Nashville Sounds near Bicentennial Mall. City leaders have high hopes for the project. "Sits on that same property where the old Sulphur Dell park was built," says Metro Finance Director Rich Riebling.

City leaders held a community meeting to reveal their plans for the project. "The ballpark is going to help to brand the area as a place that people want to come to, a place that people want to be a part of," says Bruce Miller with Populous.

For nearly 100 years people came to the old Sulphur Dell stadium to watch games. There's is definitely a sense of nostalgia about the property. "To rejuvenate an area, to rejuvenate the Bicentennial Mall, I think would be tremendous," says Tom Bolton with the Old Timers Baseball Association.

The new ballpark would seat about 10,000 and sit about 14 feet below street level. It would have grass berms in the outfield and views of the downtown skyline. Nashville Sounds fans would watch 72 games a year. Wayne Hyvarinen is a season ticket holder. "I think it'll be a lot of fun coming to a new park, have some new things to do, just being a little different than being down at Greer," says Wayne Hyvarinen.

There are several hurdles to clear. The state currently owns the land and would need to transfer it to the city. Metro would also need to build a 1,000 space parking garage to replace existing lots. We still don't know how the project would be financed. Nevertheless, there's excitement about economic development opportunities and drawing neighborhoods together.
  
Mayor Karl Dean hopes to bring legislation and financing details to the Metro Council in the coming weeks. That's when we will learn more about how this project would go from an idea to reality. Metro leaders hope to have final approval for this project by the end of the year.

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