Metro reviving downtown ballpark plans

Metro Nashville plans to submit requests for proposals for a new Nashville Sounds ballpark downtown within the next two to three months. The City Paper's Joey Garrison reports that the city wants to engage a firm to study the feasibility and potential locations for a new home for the minor league baseball team.

“Until we get that done, all the talk about baseball stadiums and all that are really just kind of speculative,” Metro Finance Director Richard Riebeling said. “That seems to be the most concrete thing we should do to get things moving in the right direction.”

So where could the stadium go? The Sounds had preferred the 11-acre former thermal plant site on the Cumberland River, but the team's deal with Metro to begin working on a mixed-use project to include the stadium fell apart in 2007 and Mayor Karl Dean has said the plot could be better used for a downtown amphitheater.

In the past Dean has named the Sulphur Dell location as one option he likes. Other potential sites could include properties near the Music City Center, the intersection of 11th Ave. North and Charlotte Ave, and the East Bank of the Cumberland, Garrison reports.