Council pushes plan for new baseball stadium forward - WSMV Channel 4

Council pushes plan for new baseball stadium forward

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The plan for a new baseball stadium in Nashville may be a home run, despite a complication that could have threatened the vote.

At one point during Tuesday night's meeting, nearly two dozen citizens spoke in favor of the new ballpark and less than a handful against it.

Some council members raised concerns about the funding of the project. The city would issue $65 million in bonds to be paid off over 30 years.

Despite the debate over the fine lines of the project, by the end of the night, supporters could finally see home plate.

"It's been a dream for six years, and hopefully, in another week or two, it can be a dream that we can accomplish," said Frank Ward, owner of the Nashville Sounds.

On Tuesday night, there were lots of handshakes and hugs after all those pivotal votes for the new ballpark, evidence of just how important Tuesday night was when it comes to getting the ballpark in north Nashville.

This is almost a done deal - another round of yeses is needed by the council, which is set for sometime next week. If that happens, Channel 4 is told by leaders that dirt could be moving early sometime next year.

Mayor Karl Dean issued a statement after the council meeting saying, "This investment north of downtown returns baseball to its historic home in Sulphur Dell and will spur further redevelopment of the Jefferson Street area, and that's great for our entire city. Tonight's vote moved the project one step closer to reality, and I thank all of our partners in the deal."

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