First Tennessee Field


First Tennessee Field

Infobox Stadium
stadium_name = First Tennessee Field


location = 1st Avenue & Gateway Blvd. Nashville, TN United States
coordinates = coord|36|9|34.51|N|86|46|17.47|W|display=inline
opened = Project cancelled
owner = Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County
operator = Nashville Sounds*
construction_cost = $47 million*
architect = HOK Sport Looney Ricks Kiss Architects
tenants = Nashville Sounds (PCL)*
seating_capacity = approximately 10,000*
dimensions = Left Field: 318 ft (97 m)*
Center Field: 415 ft (126 m)*
Right Field: 330 ft (101 m)*

*proposed

First Tennessee Field was the name of a proposed minor league baseball stadium planned for construction in Nashville, Tennessee. The new park was to sit on the banks of the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville, on the former site of the metropolitan government's thermal transfer power plant. It would have been home to the Nashville Sounds, a Triple-A baseball team of the Pacific Coast League, replacing Herschel Greer Stadium. Naming rights to the new stadium were claimed by Memphis-based First Tennessee Bank. It would have been the central part of a $200 million retail, entertainment, and residential complex, which was expected to continue the revitalization of Nashville's "SoBro" (South of Broadway) district.

A consortium of twelve banks were to fund $23 million of the cost of construction of the stadium. Another $17 million would come from tax-increment financing. The remaining portion of construction costs would have been assumed by Struever Brothers, Eccles, and Rouse, the main developer, who was to purchase some of the land for residential development. Together, the financing assured that no public money would be used. First Tennessee Field itself was estimated to cost $47 million.

Initially, Nashville's mayor, Bill Purcell, refused to approve the deal unless taxpayers were at no risk, following the construction of LP Field and the Sommet Center in the mid-1990s. Both of those ventures, initiated by former mayor Phil Bredesen, now the governor of Tennessee, proved to be very costly to Nashville taxpayers. First Tennessee Field was to cost the Metro Government $500,000 per year to maintain. Metro currently spends $250,000 per year on Greer Stadium, a cost that will be eliminated if Greer is ever demolished or sold. Purcell ultimately adopted the project, thanks to the involvement of the banks. First Tennessee Field was officially approved by the Metro Council on February 7, 2006. As part of the agreement, the Metro government would own the facility, but the Sounds would manage it.

Cancellation of project

The stadium was scheduled to open in April 2009, two years later than the original target date due to the numerous delays in government approval of the project. The Sounds and private developer Struever Brothers, Eccles, and Rouse were unable to finalize financing and design plans for the new stadium by the April 15, 2007 deadline set by the Nashville Metro Council.

Construction of First Tennessee Field has officially been cancelled. [Carter, Cindy. [http://www.wsmv.com/news/13368869/detail.html "Downtown Nashville Property Up For Bids Again."] WSMV.com. 22 May 2007. Retrieved on 29 July 2007.]

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