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Group files lawsuit to stop soccer stadium at fairgrounds

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A group of citizens is filing a lawsuit to stop a proposed soccer stadium at the Nashville fairgrounds.

A group called Save Our Fairgrounds filed the lawsuit on Wednesday afternoon. It asks for an injunction to stop the city from “giving away” prime valuable land for a soccer stadium and a 10-acre development.

The suit says they can’t do that under state law and the Metro charter. Those allow the fair board to lease the land only to raise money for the fair and only if those uses don’t interfere with the fair.

Save Our Fairgrounds representatives said this would negatively impact the fair, flea market and racetrack.

“It saddens me greatly to file a suit against the city of Nashville, but when the administration chooses to ignore the will of the voters in the very charter that creates this city, I have little option but to stand up for the residents of this city,” said Duane Dominey with Save Our Fairgrounds.

Metro Council voted to approve the financing for the $275 million stadium on Nov. 7. The city would pay for it with $225 million in revenue bonds.

A controversial part of the package is a plan to lease 10 acres of the fairgrounds to a group led by John Ingram. Those 10 acres would include a mixed-use development that included housing.

A spokesperson with the Ingram Group issued a statement Wednesday about Nashville being chosen as one of four finalists for a Major League Soccer expansion team:

We are excited to be headed back to New York for this next opportunity to strengthen the case that Nashville belongs in the first expansion round. From soccer fans to elected leaders, Nashville has demonstrated an unprecedented level of enthusiasm for bringing MLS to the city.

A presentation to the league’s expansion committee is scheduled for Dec. 6. The full board meets on Dec. 14 and a decision is expected not long after that.

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