The future of Greer Stadium, former home of the Nashville Sounds (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League), is being discussed by Metro officials, with one possible outcome the installation of pro soccer.
As a professional ballpark, Greer Stadium has been financially obsolete for the past several years; hence the opening of First Tennessee Park in April. That puts the future of Greer Stadium on the table, and while there are a few proposals out there — tearing it down to make way for a Kroger grocery store or leaving it intact for pro rodeo — the one that’s caused a fuss is related to pro soccer playing at a converted facility.
We have the full story at our sister site, Soccer Stadium Digest. The short version of the story: the owner of USL Pro’s Harrisburg City Islanders approached Metro (the Nashville city government) about a move to Greer Stadium, causing the local semi-pro team, Nashville FC, to respond with indignation (rightfully so) along with a desire of their own Greer Stadium lease.
In any case, nothing will happen fast; any changes to Greer Stadium can’t begin until the end of 2015, and with the election of a new mayor this fall, the Karl Dean administration seems happy to let any decisions about the ballpark be made by the next mayor.
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