Sounds announce new ballpark will include 'iconic' guitar scoreboard

Citing fan demand, team to reinvent signature stadium element

Nashville Sounds owner Frank Ward said, at times, he felt fans might "string him up on the spot" if the team's new stadium at Sulphur Dell did not include a guitar-shaped scoreboard.

He's giving the people what they want.

Ward announced today at Omni Nashville Hotel that First Tennessee Park, now fully under construction, will indeed include a new guitar-shaped scoreboard — a 4,200-square-foot monster to be located in right-center field with high-definition video and all the modern bells-and-whistles the first guitar scoreboard at Greer — well-loved though it is — just couldn't handle.

With Mayor Karl Dean on hand to emphasize, yet again, the Sounds have "skin in the game" in the ballpark project, Ward emphasized that the Sounds would pay for their scoreboard with no aid from the city.

In the enthusiasm of the press conference, Ward called the scoreboard "the most famous" in baseball, while the mayor called it "iconic."

Both Ward and Dean pointed out that having the new scoreboard echoing the old was a way of honoring Nashville baseball yore. It's a much stronger nod to history given than during the last stadium announcement when the team announced its naming-rights partnership with First Tennessee Bank, replacing the historic "Sulphur Dell" stadium name with a corporate sponsor.

The name "Sulphur Dell," it seems, will be relegated to some kind of design element near the batters' eye in center, according to a recent report from the Nashville Business Journal.