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Position of flea market vendors on proposed stadium remains unclear

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Artist's rendering of the proposed stadium. (Source: MLS2Nashville) Artist's rendering of the proposed stadium. (Source: MLS2Nashville)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The executive director of the Nashville Fairgrounds says she's unaware of any official position taken by the flea market vendors on the pending MLS stadium.

The facility is set to be built on the fairgrounds if the city is awarded a team as part of the league expansion.

Exactly one week ago, Metro Council voted to finance the proposed project, which runs more than $200 million.

Before the vote, Councilman Russ Pulley told the council that flea market members are in support of the changes at the fairground.

"They don't want to see housing on the property, they don't want to see mixed use. That's what we fought for to keep away from this property with the referendum," said Shane Smiley, who opposes the stadium.

"We do have quarterly meetings with our vendors. Through those meetings, I'm unaware of an official position," said Laura Schloesser, executive director of the fairgrounds.

The day after the vote, the president of the flea market association sent the council a letter, saying in part, "To clarify the record, The Flea Market Vendors Association has not endorsed the MLS proposal for the fairgrounds."

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