About a year ago, a national sports design firm identified three plausible sites to build a new baseball stadium for the Nashville Sounds to call home, as well as serve as a potential stream of income that’d help fortify local economy.
Unfortunately, no discussions or follow-ups have been made since then, leading to rumors that neither the administration of Mayor Karl Dean nor the Nashville Sounds are keen on the development.
According to inside sources quoted by local media, both parties claim that they’re waiting for the other to take the first step before taking matters further. Moreover, the Sounds have recently engaged in discussions pertaining to the extension of their lease at the Greer Stadium, which has led many to think that building a new stadium is the least of the administration’s priorities.
Frank Ward, Co-owner and CEO of the baseball team, told media organizations that the last discussion he ever had with Nashville officials was before the release of site analysis data back in November 2011. The information – gathered by city-based Populous – was initially considered as the first step for erecting the new stadium. While the next move to be taken was to review financing options, neither group has initiated any efforts to follow-up.
“Right now, we’re waiting on the mayor’s office to tell us what the next steps are,” says Ward. “This stadium is really up to the mayor’s group to tell me when they want to meet and what our next steps will be.”
Dean Spokeswoman Bonna Johnson recently released a written statement which indicated the mayor’s intent to support minor league baseball. However, she noted that the mayor hasn’t made any commitments to spend substantial amounts of taxpayer dollars on the development. Nonetheless, Dean hasn’t ruled it out completely.
“Any sort of future investment must make sense for the city and be led by the private sector,” says Johnson.
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