Mayor barry proposes nashville fairgrounds for new pro soccer stadium

A local MLS ownership group known as the Nashville MLS Steering Committee, led by businessmen John Ingram and Bill Hagerty, is working to meet a Jan. Garden design free software 31 deadline to bid for one of four available MLS expansion teams. Baseball games today scores Ten cities, including Nashville, are being considered by the league.

In a statement prompted by The Tennessean’s report Thursday, Barry said that “while no formal proposals or deals have been reached,” her office has been working with the ownership group to submit a bid and she fully supports the effort to bring MLS to Nashville.

“Ultimately, a soccer facility will be needed in order to attract an MLS team here to Nashville,” she said. “I believe a private-public partnership, with an emphasis on the ‘private’ part of the equation, will be needed in order to accomplish this goal, and I am convinced that the best and only site for this to happen would be at The Fairgrounds Nashville.

“This will not come at the expense of any existing activities at the fairgrounds, such as racing, the flea market or the fair, but will be in addition to all the great things that are happening there now.”

It’s unknown how much of a financial stake Metro would have in the stadium’s construction. Gravel driveway cost per square metre The new MLS stadium under construction in St. Fantasy basketball keeper rankings Paul, Minn., is slated to cost $150 million and seat 20,000.

It’s also unclear whether Vanderbilt University — where Ingram is on the board of trustees — could be part of the deal. How to pitch Vanderbilt and MLS group officials have said a new stadium could be shared by Vanderbilt’s football team and an MLS team. Ncaa college baseball scores Vice Chancellor David Williams has said replacing aging Vanderbilt Stadium is a top priority for the coming years.

Barry said she’s asked the fairgrounds manager to initiate a request for proposals for the operation of the racetrack. Uga softball roster Newly hired Fairgrounds Director Laura Schloesser is creating a new strategic plan for the fairgrounds. Auburn softball complex Longtime racing promoter Tony Formosa is contracted to host races at the fairgrounds speedway for this year’s season.

She said the bidding process for the racetrack would seek “innovative proposals that could result in an operator willing to make necessary capital improvements to the track with a long-term agreement by which they can recoup the investment.”

“With playing fields, pro soccer, a more viable racing operation, a greenway through the property and renovated, improved buildings, the fairgrounds will share in and help continue Nashville’s prosperity,” Barry said.

“I feel like we have something very much to look forward to,” Formosa said. Lattice energy of kcl “Auto racing has a bright future at the fairgrounds, and if she decides to build a soccer stadium at the fairgrounds to go along with racing and everything else we have here, I am in support of that.”

Other potential stadium sites, including property on the downtown riverfront, have been mentioned, but Metro officials have said the fairgrounds is the most viable.

The area, south of downtown Nashville, is near neighborhoods that are hotspots for new development and close to the city’s most diverse immigrant communities. Absolute pitch Nashville’s growing immigrant population and status as a destination for millennials are two of the city’s strongest selling points to land an MLS club.

The stadium could be built on the fairgrounds near Nolensville Pike north of the speedway. Mutual materials This would require reworking a road that connects Wedgewood Avenue and Nolensville Pike — work that has already been recommended by city consultants. Garden of the gods rv resort The underutilized area, which consists of primarily asphalt lots, is currently used for Metro Nashville school bus parking.

“We’ve got a lot going on this year making plans for improvements,” fair board Chairman Ned Horton said. Diy trellis “I’d be eager to see their plans, but I love the idea of soccer coming to Nashville. Masonry supply near me That’d be great.”

During her first term on the Metro Council in December 2010, Barry supported then-Mayor Karl Dean’s effort to raze the racetrack and redevelop the fairgrounds, but that proposal failed. Tactile paving A referendum then passed in 2011 stating that the city essentially must maintain the state fair, racetrack and other activities that have historically been at the property.