Sounds' new stadium now has turf, home plate

Thursday, March 19, 2015

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Mayor Karl Dean and Sounds owner Frank Ward placed home plate at First Tennessee Park on Thursday, just 29 days before the Triple-A basball team is scheduled to play its first home game.

It was purely a staged ceremonial moment, but a milestone day in the construction of the ballpark, which is scheduled to open April 17.

"This is another big milestone, with the grass going in ... putting home plate from Greer Stadium," Dean said. "Home plate is symbolic of having a real ballpark, a real stadium here."

On Wednesday, home plate was removed from Greer Stadium, which was home of the Sounds since 1978, and hauled over to the new ballpark site in North Nashville.

Behind Dean and Ward, workers were busy laying sod and installing the padding along the outfield wall.

The turf began arriving from a San Antonio, Texas, sod farm on Wednesday. By the time of Thursday's ceremony, the infield sod had been placed. By Saturday evening, all 100,000 square feet of the Tiffany Bermuda grass should be in place. It will then be over-seeded with 1,000 pounds of perennial rye grass.

The Sounds open on April 17 against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Single-game tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday at the stadium's temporary offices at Harrison and Fourth Avenue, at nashvillesounds.com and via phone at 615-690-4487.

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