The owners of the Nashville Sounds may no longer have the Thermal site as a candidate for their future stadium, but they showed enthusiasm Thursday morning for a faciltiy on the East Bank of the Cumberland River, Joey Garrison reports. Populous, the firm that led the study analyzing potential stadium locations, identified sites on both the west and east sides of Korean Veterans Boulevard. (Get the full report here.)
“The possibility of a site on the east bank of the river is clearly the site that has the most interest by the Sounds,” said Sounds attorney and lobbyist Tom White, adding that the Sounds must now look at financing possibilities, with help from Metro, for a new ballpark to replace outdated Greer Stadium.
“There is extremely limited interest by the Sounds in the other two sites,” White added.
The Mayor's Office will today release a report from stadium designers Populous that is expected to highlight three sites on downtown's fringe that could become home to a future Nashville Sounds stadium. Not expected to make the list is the former Thermal Plant property on the Cumberland River's west bank.
“That’s the first step — to determine what’s the right location or locations to build a baseball stadium, and then there’s lots of steps after that,” Riebeling said Wednesday. “There’s details on financing. There’s working out an agreement with the Sounds.
“I’m sure every site has unique issues that will have to be worked through,” he added. “It’s a long process from here, but this is a good first step.”
A group of landowners that includes Cherokee Equity and construction materials company LoJac has come forward with a proposal to build a new ballpark for the Nashville Sounds between the Cumberland River and Interstate 24 north of the Jefferson Street bridge. They say the land comes with tremendous opportunities to produce related development in a part of town that can use it.
“The North End seems to us to provide a central location with great sight lines and interstate access, is located on Jefferson Street and has a massive potential upside for … [ancillary] projects that generate jobs, tax revenue and increase the city's tax base,” he added.
Joey Garrison has the story on the firms competing to run a feasibility study on a future Nashville Sounds stadium. One has a local office, two are from Chicago and the others hail from Texas, D.C. and K.C. One of them could be on the job by the end of the month.
The politics and the money still need to be sorted out, but plenty of folks have been thinking for a good while about the future home of the Nashville Sounds. The Civic Design Center on Tuesday hosted a forum showcasing the work of University of Tennessee College of Architecture + Design graduate students who have been musing since the fall on how to integrate a potential Sounds stadium into Sulphur Dell or the North Gulch areas. The students also were asked to think of how multiple uses could in turn be built into the venue.
We hope to have more images from the event soon, but in the meantime, here's a taste of some of the designs Sushant Verma came up with. Want to go check out the designs in person? The Civic Design Center is displaying them all month.
Livability.com has ranked the home of the Nashville Sounds as the No. 7 best minor league baseball stadium in its look at the top 10 ballparks that are "full of charm and magnetism, making them worth a visit for baseball enthusiasts and curiosity seekers alike."
Ranking at the top of the list, available here, are Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, Texas, and Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium in Kannapolis, N.C.
Here's the website's write up of Herschel Greer Stadium:
Herschel Greer Stadium, home of the Class AAA Nashville Sounds of the Pacific Coast League, is actually located on the grounds of Fort Negley, an American Civil War fortification in Nashville, TN.The stadium opened in 1978 and can seat 10,300 people, and is best recognized by a distinctive guitar-shaped scoreboard that displays the line score across the neck. Greer Stadium has been the site of eight no-hit games – including one perfect game – as well as a 24-inning game that tied the record for the longest game in PCL history.
(Of course, Livability.com may be just a bit biased, given that it's a subsidiary of Franklin, Tenn.-based Journal Communications.)