City of Nashville files motion to dismiss 'Save Our Fairgrounds' - WSMV News 4

City of Nashville files motion to dismiss 'Save Our Fairgrounds' lawsuit

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The City of Nashville has filed a motion to dismiss a recent lawsuit trying to stop a proposed soccer stadium at the Nashville Fairgrounds.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday by a group called Save Our Fairgrounds, called for an injunction to stop the city from “giving away” prime valuable land for the stadium.

The Metro Department of Law filed the responding motion Friday, saying the plaintiffs did not have standing to challenge the Fair Board’s decision because they have not shown any distinct injury as a result of the development.

The motion also claims the group has no standing to file suit. It reads, “Being a former councilperson or a former Fair Board member does not create a distinct injury – even being a current legislator would not create standing.”

Lastly, the city’s motion asserts that the Save Our Fairgrounds group’s fears of the State Fair being prevented from happening on the Fairgrounds site are “speculative at best.”

Metro Council recently voted to approve the financing for the $275 million stadium, $225 million of which would be paid for in revenue bonds.

The city will make a presentation to Major League Soccer’s expansion committee on Dec. 6, and a decision is expected not long after that.

You can read the motion to dismiss the lawsuit here.

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