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Fact Sheet - Highlights of First Tennessee Park Construction Tour


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean was joined by Frank Ward of the Nashville Sounds and Ron Gobbell, the ballpark project team leader, today on a tour of construction at First Tennessee Park. Work on the city’s new minor-league ballpark began Jan. 27, 2014 with excavation beginning on March 3, 2014. The ballpark is expected to be completed in time for opening day on April 17, 2015.

“This won’t be just any minor league ballpark -- it’s going to be one of the best in the country and one that uniquely reflects who we are as Music City with picnic seating, great views of the Nashville skyline, interesting food concessions like hot chicken, a greenway, the iconic guitar-shaped scoreboard and suites so close behind home plate that you’ll be able to see the dust fly off the catcher’s mitt,” Mayor Dean said. “I think the city’s going to be very proud of this ballpark.”

Project managers are Gobbell Hays Partners, Inc. and Capital Project Solutions; construction manager is Barton Malow / Bell / Harmony, a joint venture; the design architect and sports venue specialist is Populous; the architect of record is Hastings Architecture Associates, LLC; mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineer is Smith Seckman Reid, Inc.; structural engineer is Walter P. Moore; and civil engineer is Barge Cauthen & Associates

“Thanks to the outstanding effort by hundreds of workers, we are getting closer and closer to the completion of the premier minor league ballpark in the country,” said Sounds owner Frank Ward. “The Sounds, along with the city officials who made this project happen, look forward to showcasing First Tennessee Park for the citizens of Nashville on April 17.”

Today’s tour included five major stops, including a look at all three levels of the ballpark. Highlights from each stop, as well as renderings related to each location, are attached. Renderings are available at this Dropbox site.

Berm Overlooking Left Field

  • The Ballpark will seat 10,000 people with approximately 8,500 fixed seats.
    • Berm and picnic seating will accommodate 1,500, including 600 guests in the left field seated picnic area.
    • The grassy berm in left field will provide a relaxed picnic style seating option; the berm area will be First Tennessee Park’s most affordable option and is great fun for families.
  • The Greenway will become a part of the Ballpark during games and is a unique feature to Nashville. On non-game days, the Greenway will be open to the public.
  • The southern portion of the Greenway will not be completed until the surrounding construction projects under private development are completed.
  • There will be historical monuments placed in the outfield that tell the rich history of the site, including both the Native American and baseball history of Sulphur Dell.
  • The ballpark will also feature several sustainable design features such as a green roof, rainwater harvesting and a rain garden.

Figure 1: View of the left field berm

Figure 2: View from the left field  berm

Third Base Concourse

  • The playfield drainage and subgrade is currently being installed. This field is designed to drain 10 inches of water per hour. The grass is being grown in Georgia and will be installed in early March.
  • In right field, there is a buzz of activity. An underground maintenance building, an access ramp to the field and a restaurant concession building are under construction. There will also be an outfield bar. The right field area will seat up to 200 guests in close proximity to the bar and this area will also include a section of four-top seating.
  • The new and improved guitar scoreboard will begin installation in mid-February. The outfield LED boards and ribbon boards are currently being installed.

Figure 3: View from the third  base concourse

Figure 4: View of the left field  seating area

Figure 5: Right field concourse

Ceremonial Entrance at Jackson Street

  • The Ceremonial Entrance on Jackson Street will be the main entrance used by patrons. Jackson Street will be a festival street, similar to Fifth Avenue near the Music City Center.
  • When patrons walk into the ballpark, they will immediately see the field which is recessed 11 feet. They will be able to walk around the concourse and remain connected to the game at all times. This encourages patrons to get out of their seats and enjoy the entire park.
  • There is neighboring construction of a 306-unit residential development occurring on the other side of Jackson Street. That project is slated for completion in October, 2016.
  • This entrance will include the Nashville Sounds’ pro shop and main ticket office.

Figure 6: Ceremonial Entrance at Jackson Street

Figure 7: View from the Ceremonial Entrance

Club Lounge and Club Seats

  • Club level seating offers an amazing view of the Nashville skyline while overlooking the playing field from either the first or third base side.
  • There are nearly 800 club level seats, all with padded seating, along with 18 luxury suites, each seating 16 guests.
  • Both the club seating area and luxury suites include exclusive access to the club level bar and social area.

Figure 8: View from the Club  Level seats

Figure 9: Club Level section

Figure 10: Club Level lounge

Figure 11: Club Level bar

  • The Field Suites will be First Tennessee Park’s most luxurious and exclusive entertainment area. It is a unique seating option found in only a few other ballparks.
  • There will be four luxury suites directly behind home plate, giving patrons a unique view behind the catcher; seating will be closer to the catcher than the pitcher will be.
  • Each suites features an indoor seating area, outdoor high-top tables and traditional stadium seating.
  • Each suite will accommodate 40 people.
  • The Field Suites are adjacent to both dugouts with intimate views of players and coaches available only in this section of seating.

Figure 12: Outdoor high-top  tables in Field Suite

Figure 13: Field Suite interior

Figure 14: Field Suite section

Ballpark Tour photo 1, photo courtesy Metro Photographic Services

Ballpark Tour photo 2, photo courtesy Metro Photographic Services

Ballpark Tour photo 3, photo courtesy Metro Photographic Services

Ballpark Tour photo 4, photo courtesy Metro Photographic Services