Sounds announce new ballpark will include 'iconic' guitar scoreboard

Citing fan demand, team to reinvent signature stadium element
Jun 20, 2014 12:20 PM

Sounds stadium gets First Tennessee name

Bank's deal could reach 20 years
Apr 22, 2014 11:36 AM

Sounds, The Game extend partnership

The Sounds will again be broadcast on 102.5 The Game (for the most part) next season, and play-by-play man Jeff Hem will return to the stick. A handful of games will be on partner station 94.9.

Feb 12, 2014 10:55 AM

More Sounds stadium details emerge from Building Commission meeting

The design and construction team working on the Sulphur Dell ballpark planned for the Nashville Sounds and associated developments revealed a few more details about the project on Monday. Below is a first look at how the stadium will likely look from Jefferson Street as well as more info about the apartments Embrey Development will build just north of the ballpark. Chris Bundgaard at News 2 has more info and images from the meeting.

Dec 18, 2013 9:47 AM

Sounds tap veteran minor-league manager to lead team in 2014

Sweet's career as a manager dates back to '87, includes stints with seven different organizations
Dec 12, 2013 6:41 PM

Council approves Sounds stadium deal

$65M Sulphur Dell park set to open in 2015
Dec 11, 2013 4:30 AM

How should city rescue a bad Sulphur Dell deal? Buy the Sounds

Our J.R. Lind weighs in on a bad deal at Sulphur Dell and the only way to rescue it — just buy the team. It's been done elsewhere and the manageable tab would bring with it some big benefits.

The value of the Sounds is hard to pin down (though, presumably, it's gone up with the promise of a new stadium). But Forbes' recent estimate of the 20 most valuable minor league teams did not include the Sounds. The 20th ranked team on that list — the Oklahoma City RedHawks — came in at $21 million.

For, say, $20 million, the city gets the team ... and it gets the revenue. Not just the increased sales taxes budgeted in the financing plan — all of it. Ticket revenue, beer money, parking costs. All of it.

Nov 14, 2013 9:45 AM

Rule 1.04 And The New Sounds Stadium

The proposed Sounds stadium at Sulphur Dell — more details of which were revealed at numerous presentations Monday — will be designed to provide views of downtown over the outfield wall.

One rendering showed the stadium perfectly parallel to Bicentennial Mall, which would give a south-southeast orientation.

Baseball obsessives noted that this would be fairly unusual — and they are right.

Major League Baseball Rule 1.04 says: "It is desirable that the line from home base through the pitchers plate to second base shall run East Northeast."

This "desire" is born of a need to keep the afternoon sun out of the eyes of batters (and the customers sitting in the pricier seats behind home). It's long been accepted that this layout is why left-handed pitchers are called "southpaws," though that's disputed.

In any event, the Sulphur Dell stadium would not be aligned in the normal way.

Take a look at this graphic from Flip Flop Flyball. It's a little out-of-date (you'll notice the now-defunct Dolphin Stadium and Metrodome are included) but it still gives a great picture of how ballparks are aligned:


Sulphur Dell's alignment would be almost exactlythe same as Detroit's Comerica Park, the southernmost line on the infographic.

Rather interestingly, among the other extreme southern-aligned parks is Miller Park, home of the Sounds' parent club in Milwaukee (though Miller Park is mostly enclosed and sun is less of an issue).

The original Sulphur Dell, for what it's worth, was aligned in the more traditional way.

Nov 12, 2013 8:55 AM

Sounds stadium financing plan unveiled

Mayor's plan calls for Metro to pay $65M
Nov 11, 2013 11:55 AM

City reveals details about Sulphur Dell stadium

Project would aim to minimize neighborhood impact; a happy Council member on a chair
Oct 25, 2013 5:00 AM