NEWS: First Tennessee Park will begin taking shape in August

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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Assuming work stays on track, you should expect to see the Nashville Sounds' new First Tennessee Ballpark taking shape by August.

Ron Gobbell, of Gobbell Hays Partners, the project’s general manager, said rough grading on the site is complete and that he expects to go vertical in August, speaking today at the Metropolitan Sports Authority board meeting.

The ballpark’s design has been approved by the Metropilitan Development and Housing Agency and Gobbell expects final design details to be released next month. When asked about what role Sulphur Dell will play in the new park, now that it’s been named, Gobbell said a design element is being considered near the batter’s eye (the dark green rectangle space behind the center field wall) that would feature the Sulphur Dell name prominently. He also said the greenway, which runs just outside the stadium, will feature Sulphur Dell history, from its Native American roots through its more modern baseball ties.

The sports authority also approved a resolution on refinancing $19.5 million of remaining stadium bonds, and the deal will now go before Metro Council on July 1. Metro Finance Director Rich Riebeling, who presented the plan, estimated the refinancing will generate $1.6 million net savings over the next 13 years, the remaining life on the bonds.

Staff Reporter-
Nashville Business Journal