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Breakin Baseball Park Deal Done--Mikayla Lewis

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Nashville, Tenn--A proposal deal is reached to build a new minor league baseball stadium in Nashville. Mayor Karl Dean says the agreement involves the state, the Nashville Sounds, and the area developer.

The $40 million stadium will be constructed at the old Sulphur Dell site in the Jefferson Street, Germantown area. The historic site was the home for baseball in Nashville more than 100 years ago.

Mignon Francois says, " I think its a wonderful homage to this community. I love what it means for our business area and how we've grown in Germantown so much."

Francois has watched Germantown and North Downtown for the last ten years, as a resident and business owner of the Cupcake Collection.

Francois added, "To see all the development is wonderful testament to Nashville. I love how Nashville knows how to re-purpose a place. It's a wonderful place. It's exactly where it belongs. I am so excited that our leadership had the intelligence to bring it here."

The Sounds have played in South Nashville's Greer Stadium since 1978. Since 2008, the city has been pushing to move the team back to its historic site. The last professional game at Sulphur Dell was in 1963. It was demolished six years later.

Metro Council member, Jerry Maynard said, "This is the greatest spot to have baseball. A neighborhood ballpark in a great neighborhood of Germantown. "

Maynard lives in North Nashville and agrees with Mayor Dean saying the new ballpark will create more development for the surrounding area along Jefferson Street and Fifth Avenue.

Maynard explained, "We've had a lot of great investment in South Broadway and SoBro. It's now time to invest in North Nashville and North of Broadway. So it's going to create jobs and economic development, restaurants, bars."

The details of the agreement will be released to Metro Council and the Sports Authority on November 11th. The ballpark will hold 10,000 people and will replace Greer Stadium in South Nashville. The city hopes the new stadium will be ready for the 2015 season.

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