NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Sounds and the mayor's office have started preliminary talks about a new downtown stadium.
In 2007, Sounds management struck out with then Mayor Bill Purcell on plans for a new stadium.
Finger-pointing and angry words marred the negotiations for any riverfront stadium plans.
This season, new management pumped $2 million and a new attitude into Greer Stadium.
Mayor Karl Dean, elected last year, has taken notice.
The mayor said, “They've been good owners. They've done what they said they would do at Greer Stadium. I like baseball. I love baseball so I'm willing to have these discussions.”
Mayor Dean conceded the Sounds want the city to reconsider the old thermal plant but said he has just started the talks.
“Caution everybody that the deal's not on yet. There are very, very preliminary discussions going on regarding the Sounds interest in a downtown baseball park,” he said.
Mayor Dean said his first priority is the new convention center.
Only after that issue is settled will he move forward on the new ballpark and even then it may not be much easier for the Sounds than it was in the past.
Mayor Dean said, “I'm not even gonna do anything that would put the taxpayers at risk. I'm not gonna do anything that would overburden the city so we are literally in the very preliminary discussions.”
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- Oct. 30, 2008: Investors reach agreement to purchase Nashville Sounds
- May 16, 2008: Sounds have new GM