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Metropolitan Sports Authority

First Tennessee Park virtual tour

Ford Ice Center logo

Grand Opening of the Ford Ice Center

Mayor Karl Dean and the Nashville Predators invite you to the Grand Opening of the Ford Ice Center on Friday, Sept. 12. The Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony is at 4:30 p.m. Festivities from 5-7 p.m. include a public skate, Party in the Park and fireworks.

Ford Ice Center Front Entrance

5264 Hickory Hollow Pkwy
Antioch, TN 37013

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is accessible throughout the entire campus of the rink. Full schedule of weekend activities at fordicecenter.com

New drawings show details of Sulphur Dell ballpark plan

site plan of ballpark and Sounds logo

Bird's-eye view from the northwest

View from home plate

Mayor Karl Dean announced that "significant public-private partnership" at a meeting of the Sports Authority Monday, November 11.

Fact sheet

Media release

Powerpoint slides from the announcement

Ballpark financial presentation

Letter to Council members

Mission Statement

The mission of the Sports Authority is to acquire, improve, repair, operate and maintain professional sports facilities and their surrounding campuses in Metro Nashville and Davidson County, within the provisions of governing contracts.

Goals

  • To increase events at the Bridgestone Arena to decrease the operating deficit
  • To maximize potential revenue to the Bridgestone Arena from rental of unoccupied space and evaluate options for relocating current tenants in order to generate greater financial benefit.
  • To increase communication between Powers Management, Titans, and Metro Finance to keep all parties apprised of facility- related matters, especially those related to financial performance.
  • To continue to look at ways to increase efficiency of the board and to function at a policy-making level.
  • To continue to evaluate and implement Bridgestone Arena Audit recommendations
  • To continue to educate the public of the economic impact of the LP Field and Bridgestone Arena.
  • To maximize potential parking revenues.
  • To explore and consider additional sports facilities.

Strategic Issues

  • To ensure funding for future capital improvement projects at the Bridgestone Arena and LP Field.
  • To explore the possibility of accelerating the ticket-tax clause to pay for capital requests for the LP Field.