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Metro councilmen file bill making changes to proposed MLS soccer stadium location

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Artist's rendering of the proposed MLS stadium in Nashville. (Source: MLS2Nashville) Artist's rendering of the proposed MLS stadium in Nashville. (Source: MLS2Nashville)
One of the possible locations could be the 83 acres next to the Ted Rhodes golf course. (WSMV) One of the possible locations could be the 83 acres next to the Ted Rhodes golf course. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Two Metro Council members say they’re for professional soccer in Nashville but that the Council should be open to looking at other sites besides the Fairgrounds.

Councilman Steve Glover filed a bill on Tuesday that would remove the language requiring the stadium be built at the Fairgrounds.

The Fairgrounds location has been a landmine since it was announced the stadium for the new Major League Soccer team awarded to Nashville would be built there.

Fears are that building a soccer stadium in the middle of the Fairgrounds property would impact crowd favorites like the flea market.

There’s also been opposition to giving the stadium developers 10 acres for free to build houses, hotels and other retail establishments.

Councilmen Steve Glover and DeCosta Hastings said it’s not a good deal for taxpayers.

“The last thing I think they want us to do is give away 10 acres to people who have billions of dollars,” Glover said.

There’s land in Hasting’s district, District 2, that they want the Council to look at, 83 undeveloped acres next to Ted Rhodes Golf Course.

Hastings believes it would be less controversial and less expensive to develop.

“We have lots of areas here in the city that could probably suit the soccer team a little better,” Hastings said.

The councilmen also want to change the language about the bonds to pay for the stadium.

Right now there is no requirement that Metro get bids and look for the best deal.

Glover said there wasn’t enough oversight because the soccer deal was rushed through Council.

“This is how we miss little words, little phrases, little pieces of the contract that end up hurting the citizens of Nashville,” Glover said.

The legislation was filed on Tuesday to make these changes. It is expected to be on the agenda of the next Metro Council meeting.

Glover tried at last week’s Metro Council meeting to rescind the bonds for the stadium, but he was unsuccessful.

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