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Nashville Sounds break ground on new ballpark

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Rendering of baseball stadium near downtown Nashville Rendering of baseball stadium near downtown Nashville
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Mayor Karl Dean and the Nashville Sounds hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for the city's new minor league ballpark on Monday at the site of the planned stadium near downtown.

The stadium will be built on the site of the old Sulphur Dell stadium between Jackson and Harrison streets on one side and Third and Fifth avenues on the other.

The ballpark will have 8,500 fixed seats, a huge parking lot and a pedestrian greenway, among other things.

"When my partners and I purchased the Sounds five years ago, we had a vision of bringing the country's best minor league baseball park to this city, and we are excited to formally begin that process with today's groundbreaking," said Frank Ward, co-owner of the Nashville Sounds. "This state-of-the-art ballpark will be something that Nashville can be proud of - a safe, family-friendly destination for fans of all ages."

Construction is expected to be completed by the 2015 season.

The groundbreaking was followed by a family fun festival complete with baseball-themed activities for the kids.

"With this ballpark and the planned surrounding developments, the energy and excitement of our downtown will be connected to some of our most vibrant urban neighborhoods," Mayor Dean said. "Not only was this the most feasible option, but as a baseball fan who also loves history, I really felt that no site was more special than here at Sulphur Dell, the historic home of baseball in Nashville. Solidifying the decision for me was the economic benefit I knew this project would create for the north side of downtown."

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