once home to baseball here in nashville for almost 100 years, the sulphur dell park, that sits between germantown and downtown, may be seeing new life. mayor karl dean’s administration presented an $80 million game plan this week to build the nashville sounds a new ballpark.
initially, the plan is to build a $40 million ballpark and a $10 million metro-financed parking garage that would have between 500-750 spaces. later, the project would also include a $30 million privately-funded residential community that would sit just north of the bicentennial mall between third and fifth avenues on jackson street.
in 2011, a sports architecture firm scouted out the city’s top three spots for a new baseball field, sulpur dell made the list as well as the scrap metal yard on the east bank of the river next the titans stadium and a 30-acre lot in the north gulch. mayor dean has always been vocal that the metal scrap yard could be better purposed as the new baseball stadium but time and again, negotiations and the logistics of that property have made it difficult to come to fruition.
the deal involves 13 acres of state-owned land which would need to be transferred and 7 acres of privately-owned land that would need to be acquired but if an agreement is met, construction could begin in 2014 and be completed by the nashville sounds’ 2015 opening day.