Brewers optimistic about Nashville ballpark plan
Originally posted on Brew Beat:
Brewers officials expressed cautious optimism Friday after Nashville Mayor Karl Dean announced an agreement between the state of Tennessee, the Triple-A Nashville Sounds and a developer to construct a new ballpark for Milwaukee’s top Minor League affiliate.
The plan still requires approval by the Nashville City Council and the Nashville Sports Authority, according to several news reports. If all of the relevant agreements can be finalized before the end of this year, the Sounds could be playing in their new home by 2015.
The Brewers have been optimistic before. When the club signed a player development contract (PDC) with the Sounds in 2005, a similar plan was in the works for a ballpark on the bank of the Cumberland River, but it never materialized. In the meantime, the Brewers pushed for improvements to aging Greer Stadium, which opened in 1978.