NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - An appellate court judge has overturned a previous court ruling on issues surrounding the construction of a stadium for Nashville's MLS soccer team at the Nashville Fairgrounds.
According to the ruling filed late Thursday, Judge J. Steven Stafford has sent the case back to the lower court, saying that the judge in the lower court didn’t address one of the key issues: whether the city is ignoring the Metro charter, which Save our Fairgrounds says protects what’s at the fairgrounds now – the state fair, the flea market, and the racetrack.
It’s unclear how this ruling will affect the timeline for the MLS stadium. The fairgrounds was expected to start demolishing buildings in September to clear space for stadium construction.
News4's Nancy Amons contacted Metro Nashville's legal department, who provided this statement:
The Trial Court had ruled there is no violation of section 11.602 (d) of the Metropolitan Charter regarding the continuation of the existing uses at the Fairgrounds.
On appeal, the Plaintiffs raised additional claims that other provisions of the Charter are being violated.
The Court of Appeals has sent the case back to the Trial Court for a ruling on those provisions. The Court of Appeals expressly did not address the merits of the case.
Additionally, Metro Legal noted that at this point, they do not expect this ruling to impact the construction and financing timelines.
They say that current work on the stadium design will continue.
Read the full opinion of the court in the attached PDF, or the TN Bar Association site.