NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Friday to celebrate the grand opening of First Tennessee Park, the new home of the Nashville Sounds.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam joined Sounds Owner Frank Ward at the ceremony.
“For the first time in more than 50 years, baseball today will be played at its historic home in Nashville,” Mayor Dean said. “The city’s decision to build a new ballpark in Sulphur Dell wasn’t just about history. It was also very much about the future. This project will make a big difference for development in this part of our city, bringing jobs and opportunities to north Nashville. Thank you to all the partners who played a part in the success of First Tennessee Park, including Frank Ward and his entire Sounds groups, the Metro Council, the State of Tennessee, the project team and many others.”
Actor Chip Esten, who plays Deacon Claybourne on ABC’s TV drama “Nashville,” provided the musical entertainment. The event, which started at 4:30 p.m. at the ceremonial entrance at Jackson Street, was free and open to the public.
Afterward, the Sounds played their inaugural game again Colorado Springs.
The new stadium parking structure has not been completed yet; however, the more than 10,000 fans at Friday night’s game had several options. They could park on the street, in nearby parking lots or the Metro Courthouse parking garage.
Drivers could pay $5 and a shuttle would pick them up and take them to First Tennessee Park.
The parking structure for the stadium is expected to be finished next year.