The move toward a new Nashville Sounds (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) took another step forward yesterday after the Metro Council issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a consulting firm to determine the size and location of a new facility.
The RFP is pretty clear on what data is needed: the size and location of the ballpark, the optimal number of suites, cost of the facility, potential funding sources for the new ballpark, parking availability, and any potential development opportunities associated with a specific site.
This isn’t the first time such a study has been done when it comes to a new ballpark, and it’s highly unlikely any new study will come up with any new sites: the Sounds and some within city government have been pushing an 11-acre site formerly housing a thermal site, while some sentimentalists want to see the ballpark at the site of the city’s old ballpark, Sulphur Dell. Other potential sites include a location near Music City Center and some on the east bank of the Cumberland River.
The project is broken into three stages: the first will gather the above information and ranking potential sites; the second will focus on a recommended site with more data, and a third will present a detailed ballpark proposal, complete with funding recommendations.
The Sounds currently play at Greer Stadium, which opened in 1978.
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