Save Our Fairgrounds group files lawsuit against Metro-Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Nashville attorney Jim Roberts has filed a lawsuit against the Metro-Nashville Government over plans for a proposed Major League Soccer stadium at the Nashville Fairgrounds.

Roberts, Vice Chairman of Save Our Fairgrounds, says the city council, fair board, and mayor’s office did not follow the city charter in approving the deal.

The goal of the lawsuit is to stop the proposed redevelopment of the fairgrounds, with Roberts arguing the city should not give away millions of dollars in public land to developers.

Former Metro Council member Duane Dominy is listed as a plaintiff on the lawsuit. He says he doesn’t oppose Major League Soccer in Nashville, but says the fairgrounds is not the right place to build a stadium.

News of the suit comes just hours after Nashville was announced as a candidate for an MLS expansion club. The Metro Council has also already approved funding for a stadium.

News 2 reached out to the mayor’s office, which said, in full: “We have not seen this lawsuit nor do we have a comment on pending litigation.”

The statement continued, “As for the proposed soccer stadium, it was debated very publicly for more than a month with ample opportunities for public comment and input. The overwhelming majority of the Metro Council and the public support this project. We look forward to the MLS announcement in December as to whether Nashville will be chosen to receive an MLS franchise. If so, there will be more detailed discussions and planning with community input to ensure that construction of the stadium at the Fairgrounds positively impacts the community and existing users.”

Click here to read the lawsuit.