First Tennessee Park
Get First Tennessee Park essential facts below. View Videos or join the First Tennessee Park discussion. Add First Tennessee Park to your PopFlock.com topic list for future reference or share this resource on social media.
First Tennessee Park

First Tennessee Park
FirstTennesseeParkLogo.png
First Tennessee Park, April 20, 2015 - 2.jpg
First Tennessee Park at dusk
Location19 Junior Gilliam Way[1]
Nashville, Tennessee
United States
Coordinates36°10?23?N 86°47?06?W / 36.173031°N 86.785033°W / 36.173031; -86.785033Coordinates: 36°10?23?N 86°47?06?W / 36.173031°N 86.785033°W / 36.173031; -86.785033
Elevation405 ft (123 m)
OwnerMetropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County
OperatorNashville Sounds Baseball Club
Capacity8,500 (fixed seating)[2]
10,000 (plus berm seating)[2]
Record attendance11,824 (March 24, 2019; Nashville Sounds vs. Texas Rangers)[3]
Field sizeBaseball:
Left Field: 330 ft (100 m)
Left-Center Field: 386 ft (118 m)
Center Field: 403 ft (123 m)
Right-Center Field: 388 ft (118 m)
Right Field: 310 ft (94 m)[4]
Soccer: 115 yd × 72 yd
(105 m × 66 m)[5]
Acreage10.8 acres (4.4 ha)[4]
SurfaceBermuda Tifway 419 grass[4]
Construction
Broke groundJanuary 27, 2014[6]
OpenedApril 17, 2015[9]
Construction cost$91 million[7]
($96.2 million in 2018 dollars[8])
ArchitectPopulous[2]
Hastings Architecture Associates, LLC[2]
Project managerGobbell Hays Partners, Inc.[2]
Capital Project Solutions, Inc.[2]
Structural engineerWalter P. Moore[2]
Services engineerSmith Seckman Reid, Inc.[2]
General contractorBarton Malow/Bell/Harmony, A Joint Venture, LLC[2]
Tenants
Nashville Sounds (PCL) 2015-present
Nashville SC (USLC) 2018-2019

First Tennessee Park is a baseball park in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, United States. The home of the Triple-A Nashville Sounds of the Pacific Coast League (PCL), it opened on April 17, 2015, and can seat up to 10,000 people. It replaced the Sounds' former home, Herschel Greer Stadium, where the team played from its founding in 1978 until 2014.

The park was built on the site of the former Sulphur Dell, a minor league ballpark in use from 1870 to 1963. It is located between Third and Fifth Avenues on the east and west (home plate, the pitcher's mound, and second base are directly in line with Fourth Avenue to the stadium's north and south) and between Junior Gilliam Way and Harrison Street on the north and south. The Nashville skyline can be seen from the stadium to the south.

The design of the park incorporates elements of Nashville's baseball and musical heritage and the use of imagery inspired by Sulphur Dell, the city's former baseball players and teams, and country music. Its most distinctive feature is its guitar-shaped scoreboard--a successor to the original guitar scoreboard at Greer Stadium. The ballpark's wide concourse wraps entirely around the stadium and provides views of the field from every location. A greenway beyond the outfield wall connects with two other greenways in the city.

Though primarily a venue for the Nashville Sounds, other collegiate and high school baseball teams based in the area, such as the Vanderbilt Commodores and Belmont Bruins, have played some games at First Tennessee Park. It is also home to the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game. Nashville SC, a soccer team of the United Soccer League Championship, played its home matches at the facility from 2018 to 2019.

History

Planning

As early as 2006, the Nashville Sounds had planned to leave Herschel Greer Stadium for a new ballpark to be called First Tennessee Field located on the west bank of the Cumberland River.[10] The $43 million facility would have been the central part of a retail, entertainment, and residential complex which was expected to continue the revitalization of Nashville's "SoBro" (South of Broadway) district,[11] but the project was abandoned in April 2007 after the city, developers, and team could not come to terms on a plan to finance its construction.[12] Instead, Greer was repaired and upgraded to keep it close to Triple-A standards until a new stadium could be built.[13] In late 2013, talks about the construction of a new ballpark were revived.[14] Three possible sites were identified by the architectural firm Populous as being suitable for a new stadium: Sulphur Dell, the North Gulch area, and the east bank of the Cumberland River across from the site proposed for the First Tennessee Field project.[15][11] Sulphur Dell, the site of the city's original ballpark from 1870 to 1963, was chosen.[14]

Mayor Karl Dean drafted plans for financing the stadium and acquiring the necessary land from the state.[14] The deal involved the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County (Metro) receiving the state-owned Sulphur Dell property--then in use as a parking lot for state employees--in exchange for paying the state $18 million for the construction of a 1,000-car parking garage on the site and $5 million for an underground parking garage below the proposed new state library and archives.[16] The city also acquired the land on which the Nashville School of the Arts is located.[16]

The financing plan involved public and private funding. At the time, the city planned to pay $75 million for the acquisition of the land and construction of the stadium project.[17][18] However, a 2017 audit revealed that it had actually paid $91 million after accounting for additional costs associated with the expedited schedule and infrastructure work around the project site.[7] The stadium is owned by the city and is leased to the team for 30 years, until 2045.[16] The Sounds ownership group agreed to spend $50 million on a new, mixed-use and retail development located on a plot abutting the ballpark to the east.[16] This land was sold to Chris and Tim Ward, sons of co-owner Frank Ward,[19] on which a two-story retail center featuring a bowling alley, live music space, and a restaurant and bar is planned beyond left field.[20] The construction of a 285-unit multi-family apartment building beyond the left-center field wall, to be known as The Derby, is tentatively planned for completion in 2020.[21][22] North of the site, Embrey Development built a privately funded 306-unit luxury apartment complex called The Carillon.[23] The city's original $75 million planned expenditure resulted in taking on $4.3 million in annual debt, paid for by five city revenue streams: an annual $700,000 Sounds' lease payment, $650,000 in stadium-generated sales tax revenue, $750,000 in property taxes from the Ward brothers' developments, $675,000 in property taxes from the Embrey development, and $520,000 in tax increment financing.[16] The additional overage was paid with existing Metro capital funds.[7] The city pays $345,000 for annual maintenance of the stadium.[16]

Construction

The ballpark project received the last of its necessary approbations from the Metro Council, the State Building Commission, and the Nashville Sports Authority on December 10, 2013.[24][25] Groundbreaking took place on January 27, 2014; the public ceremony was attended by Mayor Dean, Sounds owner Frank Ward, Minor League Baseball president Pat O'Conner, and Milwaukee Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin.[6] At the time, the Sounds were the Triple-A affiliate of the Brewers.[26]

Construction equipment has begun to dig up concrete and level the earth beyond an area with a concrete fountain and wooden benches.
The early stages of construction

The construction team began site excavation on March 3, 2014.[25] Workers excavated artifacts dating to around 1150 AD. Fire pits and broken pieces of ceramic pans were found in the ground below what would be left field. Archaeologists believe the area was the site of a Native American settlement and that the artifacts were the remnants of a workshop where mineral water from underground sulfur-bearing springs was boiled to collect salt.[27] The artifacts are on permanent display in the Tennessee State Museum's Mississippian Period exhibit.[28] A portion of the property was used as a city cemetery in the 1800s. The interred were relocated.[29]

Construction of the ballpark's steel frame began on August 18;[25] 2,435 short tons (2,209 metric tons) of steel and 16,314 cu yd (12,473 m3) of concrete were used.[25] By November 3, the installation and testing of the stadium's four free-standing light poles and two concourse-based lighting arrays had begun.[25] Installation of the 8,500 seats started on January 20, 2015.[25] The guitar-shaped scoreboard began to be installed on February 23.[25] On March 19, the home plate from Greer Stadium was transferred to First Tennessee Park, and crews began laying the sod.[25]

During construction, the need for new water and electrical supply lines arose. Because these were not factored into the original $65 million cost, another $5 million was appropriated from existing capital funds.[30] Another $5 million was later required to pay for cleaning contaminated soil, increased sub-contractor pricing, additional labor costs incurred by delays caused by snow and ice, and upgrades including the guitar-shaped scoreboard.[17] The Sounds ownership team contributed $2 million toward the cost of the scoreboard.[17] These and other additional expenditures, such as a $9.5 million greenway, $5.6 million for street paving, sidewalks, and electrical work, and $3.6 million in flood prevention, brought the total construction cost of the stadium to $56 million and the total cost of the project to $91 million.[7]

The facility received LEED silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council in April 2015 for its level of environmental sustainability and for using strategies for responsible site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.[31][32] Some of the ballpark's environmentally friendly initiatives include a 2,800 sq ft (260 m2) green roof on a concessions building along right field, rainwater harvesting, and a rain garden.[9] A section of greenway beyond the outfield wall connects the Cumberland River Greenway to the Bicentennial Mall Greenway.[33] The project team also diverted or recycled 90 percent of construction waste from landfills, and almost a third of building materials were regionally sourced.[32]

Naming rights

Memphis-based bank First Tennessee purchased the naming rights to the stadium for ten years with an option for a further ten years, naming it First Tennessee Park.[34] The bank's name had been attached to the team's previous attempt at building a new stadium a decade earlier.[10] Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. First Horizon National Corporation, the parent company of First Tennessee, began unifying its companies under the First Horizon name in late 2019. Subsequently, the ballpark will be renamed First Horizon Park in January 2020.[35][36]

Tenants and events

Minor League Baseball

Baseball players in white uniforms with black caps line up along the third base line as they are introduced to the crowd at the ballpark.
The Sounds being introduced before the inaugural game on April 17, 2015

In the ballpark's inaugural game on April 17, 2015, the Sounds defeated the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 3-2 in 10 innings, courtesy of a walk-off double hit by Max Muncy that scored Billy Burns from first base.[37] Nashville pitcher Arnold León recorded the first strikeout at First Tennessee Park when Colorado Springs' Matt Long struck out swinging as the leadoff hitter at the top of the first inning.[37] The park's first hit was a left field single that came in the top of the second inning off the bat of Colorado Springs' Matt Clark.[37] Clark also recorded the stadium's first RBI, slapping a single to center field in the fourth inning that sent Luis Sardiñas across the plate for the park's first run.[38] The first home run in the park's history was hit by Nashville's Joey Wendle four games later on April 21 against the Oklahoma City Dodgers.[39]

Tickets for the home opener, which went on sale March 23, sold out in approximately 15 minutes.[40] Though berm and standing-room-only tickets are normally sold only on the day of games, the team began selling these in advance of the first game due to high demand.[40] Paid attendance for the first game was a standing-room only crowd of 10,459.[37] Before the game, Mayor Dean threw out the ceremonial first pitch.[37] "The Star-Spangled Banner" was performed by Charles Esten (a star of the television series Nashville), who also sang at the park's ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier in the day.[37] Also present at the ribbon-cutting were team owners Masahiro Honzawa and Frank Ward, Pacific Coast League president Branch B. Rickey, Oakland Athletics president Michael Crowley, Mayor Dean, and members of the Metro Council who voted to approve financing for the stadium.[14] The Sounds were, at this time, the Triple-A affiliate of the Athletics.[37]

By the all-star break in mid-July, attendance had reached 332,604, a higher attendance than in the entire 2014 season at Greer Stadium, which had totaled 323,961 people over 66 games. At the end of the 71-game 2015 season, 565,548 people had attended a game at First Tennessee Park, for an average attendance of 7,965 per game, compared to 4,909 per game for the last season at Greer.[41][42] The Sounds' June 4 game against the Salt Lake Bees became the first event to be nationally televised from the ballpark.[43] Shown live on the CBS Sports Network as a part of Minor League Baseball's National Game of the Week programming, Nashville was defeated by Salt Lake, 4-2, before a sellout crowd of 10,610.[44]

A baseball game being played on a green field involving a team in blue and a team in white
Exhibition game between the Sounds and Texas Rangers on March 24, 2019

In addition to other between-innings entertainment at the park, such as games and giveaways, the Sounds added the Country Legends Race in 2016. It is similar to major league mascot races, such as the Sausage Race and Presidents Race. During the middle of the fifth inning, people in oversized foam caricature costumes depicting country musicians Johnny Cash, George Jones, Reba McEntire, and Dolly Parton race around the warning track from center field, through the visiting bullpen, and to the home plate side of the first base dugout.[45][46]

First Tennessee Park was home to its first postseason baseball in 2016 when the American Southern Division champion Sounds competed in games three, four, and five of the PCL American Conference championship against Oklahoma City. The Sounds won the first game, 6-5, but lost the next two games and the conference championship to the Dodgers, 7-1 and 10-9.[47]

The Sounds hosted an exhibition game against the Texas Rangers, their Major League Baseball (MLB) affiliate, at First Tennessee Park on March 24, 2019. Players appearing in the game for Texas included Delino DeShields Jr., Nomar Mazara, Hunter Pence, Ronald Guzmán, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Logan Forsythe, Shawn Kelley, and José Leclerc. In a close game, the Sounds defeated the Rangers, 4-3.[3] Nashville's Preston Beck scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two-run homer driving in Eli White.[3] The announced attendance of 11,824 fans set a new ballpark attendance record.[3]

Soccer

A green, grassy baseball field with the infield dirt partially sodded over and no pitcher's mound viewed at night under half stadium light
The playing surface in the midst of a transition between baseball field and soccer field

Nashville SC, an expansion soccer team of the United Soccer League, played the majority of their first two seasons (2018-2019) at First Tennessee Park.[48][49] The club competed in a preseason exhibition Major League Soccer (MLS) match against Atlanta United FC on February 10, 2018, in the first-ever soccer match played at the park.[50] Nashville was defeated amid a rainstorm by Atlanta, 3-1, in front of a crowd of 9,059 people.[51] The park's first goal was scored by Atlanta forward Josef Martínez in the 58th minute. Ropapa Mensah, the youngest player on the Nashville squad, scored the first goal in franchise history in the 64th minute.[52] Nashville's first regular season home match, scheduled for March 24 versus the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, was moved to Nissan Stadium to accommodate a greater number of fans.[53] Their second home match was played at First Tennessee Park on April 7 against the Charlotte Independence before a crowd of 7,487. Nashville won, 2-0, on forward Alan Winn's goal in the 24th minute; Mensah added a second goal in the 91st minute.[54] The team's highest attendance occurred on October 13 when 9,083 fans watched Nashville play to a 3-3 draw versus FC Cincinnati in the season finale.[55] At First Tennessee Park, Nashville SC's 2018 attendance totaled 125,390 over 15 games, with an average attendance of 8,359 per game.[56]

In preparation for the 2019 season, Nashville SC competed in a preseason friendly against MLS side New York City FC on February 22.[57] Nashville fell to New York, 2-0, in the rain-soaked match attended by 5,384.[58] The club's May 8 match against the Tampa Bay Rowdies, a 1-0 loss, was shown live on ESPN2 as the first-ever nationally televised regular season USL Championship game.[59] Over 15 regular season games at the facility, Nashville SC's 2019 attendance totaled 96,837, with an average of 6,456 per game.[60] Having qualified for the 2019 USL Championship Playoffs, Nashville SC played their quarterfinal and semifinal round matches at First Tennessee Park. They won the quarterfinals, 3-1, against the Charleston Battery, but lost the semifinals to Indy Eleven, 1-0.[60] Over two seasons of play, the club's total attendance was 222,227, with an average of 7,408 per match.[56][60] Including postseason play, their total attendance was 232,654, an average of 7,270 per match.[56][60] The club left First Tennessee Park for Nissan Stadium after 2019 in conjunction with its 2020 ascension to MLS.[61]

Other events

First Tennessee Park began hosting the annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game in 2015. Started in 1990, the event is played during the CMA Music Festival held in Nashville, and was previously held at Herschel Greer Stadium from 1991 to 2014. Two teams of country music stars representing the Grand Ole Opry and iHeartRadio compete in the game with all proceeds going to fund the research and treatment of cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases. Past participants have included Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Vince Gill.[62] Over $200,000 was raised from the first game held at the park.[63]

On March 29, 2016, the Vanderbilt Commodores and Belmont Bruins became the first collegiate teams to play at the facility.[64] The Commodores defeated the Bruins, 8-2, in front of a crowd of 3,782 people.[65] Vanderbilt, Belmont, and the Lipscomb Bisons have since played subsequent games at the venue.[66] The park also hosted a few Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities youth games in its first season.[64] Since 2016, the course of the Rock 'n' Roll Nashville Marathon has led runners to complete a lap around the field's warning track.[67] The first non-sports event held at First Tennessee Park was the Nashville Brew Festival, held on October 3, 2015.[64] The festival featured over 50 breweries offering unlimited beer with paid admission. On July 16, 2016, the park hosted the first "Big Guitar Brewfest", a name which refers to the ballpark's large guitar-shaped scoreboard, featuring over fifty local and craft breweries, four liquor sampling tents, and food from The Band Box and concession stands.[68] It has come to be an annual event.[69]

The Nashville-based American rock band Kings of Leon, with opener Dawes, performed at First Tennessee Park on September 29, 2017, in the first concert held in the ballpark.[70]

From November 22 to December 31, 2019, the stadium will be the site of GLOW Nashville, a Christmas experience spanning the field and concourse. Attractions include displays of more than four million lights, holiday sculptures, an over 100-foot-tall (30 m) Christmas tree, a three-story ice skating rink, a tube park, igloos, live entertainment, an indoor cafe, a market with local craft vendors, story time with Mrs. Claus, and photos with Santa Claus.[71][72]

Facilities

Design

A crowd of people waiting to enter the ballpark through a concrete, metal, and glass facade on a sunny late afternoon
The home plate entrance and facade

After Sulphur Dell was dismantled on April 16, 1969, the ballpark's sunken field was filled in with rock, dirt, and the remains of the demolished Andrew Jackson Hotel.[73][74] It was then converted to a number of state-owned parking lots for the nearby Tennessee State Capitol.[9] While Sulphur Dell was nestled in an area that was home to the city's garbage dump, stockyards, the Atlantic Ice House building, and other various warehouses,[75][76] First Tennessee Park is now surrounded by new apartments, parking ramps, and restaurants.[9] The facade at the home plate entrance on the stadium's north side is constructed from cast ultra-high-performance concrete planks, zinc panels, and an array of windows that stretches across the full width of the entrance.[77] To the south of the stadium, beyond the outfield wall, is an area that connects the city's Cumberland River Greenway to the Bicentennial Mall Greenway.[33] It will be open to the public on non-game days after the surrounding apartment buildings and retail spaces are completed.[2][78]

The grandstand has a 24-to-36 ft (7.3-to-11.0 m) wide concourse that wraps around the playing field. The field is recessed 17 ft (5.2 m) below the street-level concourse so it can be viewed from the entrances and seats.[79][80] Most of the on-field action can be viewed from the concourse; televisions showing live feeds of the game are located there. The seating bowl provides views of Nashville's skyline to the south.[9]

The ballpark was built to withstand a 100-year flood because it is located on a flood plain. Before its redevelopment, the area, including the original Sulphur Dell ballpark, was prone to regular flooding from the nearby Cumberland River and it flooded during the 2010 Tennessee floods. To prevent water damage, the grandstand has an acrylic floor covering and the field-level suites are equipped with detachable floor boards, food-service tables mounted on casters, and raised floor outlets and electrical switches.[9]

The ballpark's design is inspired by Nashville's heritage, as design elements throughout the park incorporate musical and baseball imagery to connect the park with the city's past.[77] Directional signs are accompanied by information about former Nashville players such as Al Maul, Tom Rogers, and Turkey Stearnes.[81] The park's suites include displays about Sulphur Dell, the Nashville Vols, a minor league team that played there from 1901 to 1961, and in 1963, and other past teams from Nashville. The back of the outfield wall's green metal batter's eye has a tin sign marking the former location of Sulphur Dell's marquee declaring, "Site of Sulphur Dell, Baseball's Most Historic Park, 1870-1963".[81] A series of nine vertical panels on the right field greenway provide information on the history of baseball in Nashville from the 1860s through 1963.[82] Another five panels beyond left field detail facts about the prehistory of the site.[83] Light stanchions in the grandstand and the outfield resemble the lights installed at Sulphur Dell.[9] Details including guitar pick-shaped seating signage and the use of the Sounds' colors identify the ballpark with Nashville's country music heritage and reflect the visual identity of the team.[84]

Before the ballpark's second season in 2016, additional safety netting was added behind home plate which extended the protective netting to cover the seating area behind both dugouts.[85] Other additions to the ballpark included six 14-foot-diameter (4.3 m) ceiling fans on the concourse, new drinking fountains and water bottle filling stations, the opening of a center field entrance adjacent to the new parking garage beyond right-center field, and improvements to the children's fun zone on the first base side.[86]

Playing field and dimensions

A green baseball field surrounded by its brown shale warning track and blue seats viewed from the concourse by the yellow left field foul pole on a sunny afternoon
The stadium as viewed from left field near the foul pole and home bullpen
An illustration showing the shape of the field with grassy areas shown in green and dirt in brown
A diagram of the field

The playing surface at First Tennessee Park is covered with 100,000 sq ft (9,300 m2) of Bermuda Tifway 419 grass sod that was grown on a farm in San Antonio, Texas, then over-seeded with 1,000 lb (450 kg) of perennial rye-grass.[4][87] Over 13,000 sq ft (1,200 m2) of red clay infield soil was brought in from Laceys Spring, Alabama.[14] The warning track surrounding the field is made of 21,000 sq ft (2,000 m2) of crushed red shale on top of 5,000 short tons (4,500 metric tons) of sand and 44,000 cu ft (1,200 m3) of gravel.[25] The field is equipped with a drainage system capable of draining 10 in (25 cm) of water per hour.[2]

The distance from home plate to the outfield wall ranges from 330 ft (100 m) in left field, 403 ft (123 m) in center field, and 310 ft (94 m) in right field.[88] First Tennessee Park's right field wall was set at this shorter-than-normal distance to pay homage to Sulphur Dell's short right field fence that measured just 262 ft (80 m).[89][90] The backstop is approximately 50 ft (15 m) behind the home plate.[79] The field is set 17 ft (5.2 m) below the street-level concourse.[79]

The dugouts, which measure 88 ft (27 m) by 16 ft (4.9 m), are large enough to accommodate each team's staff without the need for relief pitchers to sit in the bullpens.[14] The Sounds' dugout is located on the third-base side; the visiting team's is located on the first-base side.[14] Bullpens are located in foul territory along the left-field and right-field lines near the corner of the outfield wall.[14] The home clubhouse has wooden lockers, two couches, three card tables, and a center table.[91] There is an attached kitchen with two full-size refrigerators and room for hot and cold catering.[91] Other player amenities include large, indoor batting cages, a fully equipped workout room, and a family room for players' partners and children.[9][91] In 2016, the umpire dressing room was named after former Major League Baseball umpire and Nashville native Chuck Meriwether.[92]

Since its first season, the facility's park factors have been significantly lower than those at other ballparks in the Pacific Coast League (PCL) and across Triple-A baseball, giving it a reputation as a pitcher's park. In 2015, First Tennessee Park had the lowest run and home-run factors of all 30 Triple-A teams, and its hits factor was the fifth-lowest in Triple-A and the fourth-lowest in the 16-team PCL.[93] In 2016, it had the lowest home-run factors in Triple-A, its runs factor was the sixth-lowest in Triple-A and fifth-lowest in the PCL, and its hits factor was the seventh-lowest in Triple-A and the sixth-lowest in the PCL.[94] From 2017 to 2019, the park was tied for the lowest Triple-A home-run factors, its runs factor was tied for the second-lowest in Triple-A, and its hits factor was tied for the fourth-lowest in Triple-A and the tied for the third-lowest in the PCL.[95]

First Tennessee Park was selected to win the 2016 Tennessee Turfgrass Association's Professional Sports Field of the Year Award, recognizing it as the state's top professional sports field with a natural grass playing surface.[96]

When configured for soccer, one side of the field runs parallel to the first base line with the other sideline running from left to right field. One goal is located past the third base dugout, and the other is near the right-center field wall. The pitcher's mound is removed, and the infield dirt and portions of the warning track are sodded over.[48] The pitch measures 115 yd × 72 yd (105 m × 66 m).[5]

Scoreboard

A giant guitar-shaped scoreboard behind the right field fence displays the starting lineup for players competing in the game, the game's line score, and the time.
The guitar-shaped scoreboard displaying a game's starting lineup

One of Greer Stadium's most distinctive features was its guitar-shaped scoreboard.[97] After First Tennessee Park was approved, the team announced it would not be relocating the original Greer scoreboard, which was technologically outdated and difficult to maintain, to the new stadium.[98] While plans for First Tennessee Park's scoreboard were initially undisclosed, following overwhelming support for Greer's guitar from the community, the team announced plans for a larger, more modern guitar-shaped scoreboard for the new ballpark.[98] The new guitar scoreboard, paid for entirely by the Sounds, was designed by TS Sports in conjunction with Panasonic, and was installed beyond the right-center field wall on the concourse.[88][99]

The scoreboard, which has a 4,200 square foot (390 m2) high definition LED screen, is located in the middle of the concourse; visitors entering or leaving the park through the stadium's right-field entrance on Fifth Avenue pass under it.[99] Excluding the neck and the borders of the body and headstock, the surface of the guitar is composed of LED screens. Overall, the guitar measures 142 by 55 ft (43 by 17 m),[77] its body display is 50.4 by 66.14 ft (15.36 by 20.16 m), the headstock display is 12.6 by 25.2 ft (3.8 by 7.7 m), and the six tuning pegs are 6.3 by 4.2 ft (1.9 by 1.3 m) each.[88] Whereas the scoreboard at Greer was capable of displaying only basic in-game information such as the line score, count, and brief player statistics, the new version can display colorful graphics and animations, photographs, live and recorded video, instant replays, the batting order, fielding positions, and expanded statistics.[99]

As well as the main scoreboard, the ballpark has three more LED displays. A display in the left-center field wall is used for showing in-game pitching statistics, upcoming batters, and advertisements. LED ribbon boards are installed on the facings of each side of the upper deck; these are used to display the inning, score, count, and advertisements.[2] The stadium's three pitch clocks--part of professional baseball's pace-of-game initiatives implemented in Triple-A and Double-A baseball games in 2015--[100] are located on the straightaway center field wall and on each side of the backstop.[81]

Seating

A nighttime view of the gray concrete concourse, blue seats, and green playing field illuminated by two lighting stanchions on the concourse after a game
A view of ballpark from the berm

The lower seating bowl is divided into 24 sections and wraps around the playing field from one foul pole to the other.[101] The second level has 16 sections of seating that begin behind third base and wrap around to first base.[101] The last nine rows, from row M, on the first level between the dugouts are sheltered by the upper deck. Seats on both levels are traditional, plastic stadium-style chairs.[101] All lower-level seats behind home plate, seats behind and between the dugouts through row P, and all second-level seats have padded seat cushions.[101] Seats in the three center upper-deck sections behind home plate and all second-level suites also have padded seat backs. A grass berm that can accommodate 1,500 spectators is located beyond the left-center field wall.[2]

The park has several areas reserved for small and large groups. Four field-level suites, each with 33 exterior seats and additional interior space to accommodate up to 50 people, are located directly behind home plate.[9][102] The second level has 18 suites, each accommodating up to 24 people, with 4 indoor drink rail seats and 13 outdoor seats in front.[14][103] Two covered party decks are located on the second level--one at each end--both of which can accommodate up to 75 people each.[103] Between the end of the lower seating bowl in left field and the outfield berm lies a group area which can accommodate up to 600 individuals. This area consists of a covered picnic area, round picnic tables, rearrangeable chairs, and the stadium seats of sections 101 to 104.[102] A section of 4-top tables--semi-circular tables surrounded by four chairs--that can accommodate 108 people at 27 tables is located at the end of the lower seating bowl in right field near a specialty concession area called The Band Box.[103] A small private party area is located in the power alley in front of The Band Box and can accommodate up to 35 people at 4-top tables.[103] Next to this, and directly in front of the scoreboard, is a 200-person group picnic area with standing room and stadium seats with drink rails.[103]

Concessions

A cardboard tray lined with white paper reading "The Band Box - Right Field" holds yellow corn chips, smoked chicken pieces, jalapeño queso, sweet yellow corn, pico de gallo, and green cilantro crema.
Smoked chicken nachos from The Band Box

Four permanent concession stands and several portable carts located on the concourse offer traditional ballpark foods including hot dogs, corn dogs, pizza, nachos, soft pretzels, popcorn, and ice cream.[14] Each stand also serves foods unique to and common in Nashville and the South, including Nashville hot chicken, pulled pork barbecue sandwiches, and baby back ribs.[104][105] The stadium's second level has a bar, lounge, and concessions area with views of the field; it is accessible only by those with suite, party-deck, or upper-deck tickets.[106][107] Certain menu items, such as prime rib tacos, sliders, and onion rings are only available on the second level.[105]

The Band Box

A miniature golf course with putting greens with art installations such as rock formations and brightly-painted guitars
The Country Club at The Band Box

Another specialty concession area is The Band Box, a 4,000 sq ft (370 m2) outdoor restaurant and bar located on the right field concourse.[108] The restaurant serves variations on traditional ballpark foods including cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, jalapeño corn fritters, smoked chicken nachos, quinoa chopped salads, and local draft craft beer.[108] It is accompanied by a 150-person bar to its rear overlooking right field.[14][77][109] The bar has an adjoining lounge area with couches, televisions, ping pong, cornhole, foosball, and shuffleboard, which is open to all game ticket-holders.[81][110] Patrons in the adjacent 4-top seating section can order food and drinks from The Band Box and have items delivered to their seats.[108] On June 28, 2016, a 9-hole miniature golf course, called The Country Club at The Band Box, opened behind the restaurant between the bar and Fifth Avenue. Each of the nine holes exhibits art from different local or regional artists. It is open to game attendees for an additional $5 playing fee.[111]

Parking

A 1,000-car above-ground parking garage, owned by the state, is located south of the stadium's center field and right field entrances on Harrison Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues.[112] As the garage is used by state employees during the day, game attendees are only able to use it for evening and weekend games.[113] Other state-owned free parking lots and paid private lots are located in the vicinity.[112] The Metro Transit Authority's Music City Circuit provides bus service to and from a drop-off site at Fifth Avenue and Harrison Street. Nashville BCycle, the city's bike-share program, has a station at First Tennessee Park.[114]

Attendance records

First Tennessee Park's single-game attendance record was set on March 24, 2019, during an exhibition game between the Sounds and their major league affiliate, the Texas Rangers, in front of a sellout crowd of 11,824 people.[3] The park's season attendance record of 603,135 was set in 2018, while its average attendance record (8,861) was set in 2017. Five of the top-ten highest-attended games occurred in 2017. There have been 98 sellout games at the stadium.[115] Attendance records through the completion of the 2019 season are as follows.[116][115]

Single-game attendance

Bold indicates the winner of each game.

Single-game attendance records
Rank Attendance Date Game result Promotion(s) Ref(s).
1 11,824 March 24, 2019 Texas Rangers - 3, Nashville Sounds - 4 MLB exhibition game [117]
2 11,764 July 3, 2017 Oklahoma City Dodgers - 6, Nashville Sounds - 5 Independence Day celebration / Don Mattingly throwback jersey T-shirt giveaway [118][119]
3 11,759 July 3, 2016 Oklahoma City Dodgers - 4, Nashville Sounds - 1 Independence Day celebration / Military Sunday [120][121]
4 11,692 September 2, 2018 Memphis Redbirds - 2, Nashville Sounds - 1 Memphis Grizzlies Night / Military Sunday / clear tote bag giveaway / post-game fireworks [122][123]
5 11,691 July 4, 2018 Iowa Cubs - 6, Nashville Sounds - 2 Independence Day celebration / Bobby Wahl T-shirt giveaway [124][125]
6 11,684 June 25, 2016 Omaha Storm Chasers - 4, Nashville Sounds - 2 Star Wars Night [126][121]
7 11,678 June 17, 2017 New Orleans Baby Cakes - 2, Nashville Sounds - 3 Cancer Awareness Night / "Strikeout Cancer" T-shirt giveaway / Lego Play Ball Tour [127][128]
8 11,622 June 15, 2019 Salt Lake Bees - 4, Nashville Sounds - 5 615 Day / 615 hat giveaway [129][130]
9 11,596 July 7, 2017 Memphis Redbirds - 2, Nashville Sounds - 3 Star Wars Trilogy Weekend lightsaber giveaway / post-game fireworks [131][132]
10 11,552 June 16, 2017 Iowa Cubs - 1, Nashville Sounds - 7 Lego Play Ball Tour / post-game fireworks [133][128]

Season attendance

Season attendance records
Rank Year Total attendance Openings Average attendance Ref.
Total PCL rank Openings PCL rank Average PCL rank
1 2018 603,135 2nd 69 2nd (tie) 8,741 2nd [134]
2 2017 593,679 2nd 67 5th (tie) 8,861 1st [135]
3 2019 578,291 3rd 67 4th (tie) 8,631 2nd [136]
4 2015 565,548 4th 71 2nd (tie) 7,965 5th [137]
5 2016 504,060 6th 71 2nd (tie) 7,099 7th [138]
Totals -- 2,844,713 -- 345 -- 8,246 -- --

Popular culture

First Tennessee Park has been featured in two music videos. Cole Swindell's "Middle of a Memory" (2016) includes shots of Swindell in the audience watching a Nashville Sounds game as well as footage of the game and an appearance by the team's mascot, Booster.[139] Former Sounds pitcher Barry Zito's music video for "That Sound" (2017), which is about Sounds games, is composed almost entirely of footage of Nashville's games, players, and fans shot at the stadium during the 2016 season.[140]

Trisha Yearwood filmed scenes for the "Tailgaiting" episode of Food Network's Trisha's Southern Kitchen at the ballpark on May 31, 2016.[141][142] The August 5, 2017, episode of CMT Hot 20 Countdown was filmed at First Tennessee Park on July 25 and included performances by country musicians Michael Ray and Chris Lane from before that day's game.[143] Segments for a series of season 36 (2018-2019) episodes of Wheel of Fortune, including host Pat Sajak throwing out the first pitch, were shot at the ballpark on May 4, 2018.[144]

References

  1. ^ "Sounds Woes Continue". Nashville Sounds. Minor League Baseball. July 28, 2015. Archived from the original on September 11, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Fact Sheet - Highlights of First Tennessee Park Construction Tour". Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee. February 4, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Sounds Edge Rangers in Front of Record-Breaking Crowd at First Tennessee Park". Nashville Sounds. Minor League Baseball. March 24, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d "First Tennessee Park" (PDF). 2016 Nashville Sounds Media Guide. Minor League Baseball. 2016. p. 9. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 30, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Organ, Mike (September 12, 2017). "Nashville SC: Everything you need to know". The Tennessean. Nashville. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Mayor, Nashville Sounds Celebrate Groundbreaking for New Ballpark". Nashville.gov. Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee. January 27, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d "Audit of the First Tennessee Ballpark Construction Project" (PDF). Metropolitan Nashville Office of Internal Audit. April 24, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800-". Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i Reichard, Kevin (April 20, 2015). "First Tennessee Park / Nashville Sounds". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ a b "First Tennessee to Put Name on Proposed Sounds Stadium". Nashville Business Journal. November 21, 2003. Archived from the original on April 21, 2015.
  11. ^ a b Tarica, Andrew (February 8, 2006). "Sounds Get New Park on the River". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ Carter, Cindy (May 22, 2007). "Downtown Nashville Property Up for Bids Again". WSMV. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  13. ^ Stults, Rachel (April 11, 2008). "Sounds Cover All the Bases to Ready Ballpark for Opener". The Tennessean. Nashville. p. 1A. Archived from the original on February 26, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Ammenheuser, David. "Coming Home to Sulphur Dell". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2015.
  15. ^ "The Nashville Ballpark: Ballpark Site Evaluation Study" (PDF). The Business Journals. Populous. November 2011. Retrieved 2016.
  16. ^ a b c d e f "Fact Sheet - Sulphur Dell Ballpark Proposal". Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee. November 11, 2013. Retrieved 2016.
  17. ^ a b c Garrison, Joey (March 18, 2015). "Nashville Sounds Stadium to Cost $10M More Than Expected". The Tennessean. Nashville. Retrieved 2015.
  18. ^ Boyer, E. J. (March 23, 2015). "Want to attend the Sounds' First Tennessee Park home opener? It'll cost you". Nashville Business Journal. Retrieved 2014.
  19. ^ Mazza, Sandy (June 19, 2018). "Retail complex next to First Tennessee Park OK'd for development". The Tennessean. Nashville. Retrieved 2018.
  20. ^ "Ballpark Building Lands Bowling Business". NashvillePost.com. Nashville. June 19, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  21. ^ "Work set to start on Stock-Yard project". NashvillePost.com. Nashville. October 18, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  22. ^ Sichko, Adam (December 18, 2017). "New plan surfaces for ballpark apartment project". Nashville Business Journal. Retrieved 2017.
  23. ^ "Real Estate Notes: Developer Buys Ballpark-area Site for $3.45M". NashvillePost.com. Nashville. September 23, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  24. ^ Hale, Steven (December 4, 2013). "Sounds Ballpark Deal Rounds Second, Headed for Final Vote Next Week". Nashville Scene. Retrieved 2013.
  25. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Baseball Has Come Home". Inside Pitch. 4 (1). Nashville. April 17, 2015. pp. 8-19.
  26. ^ McCalvy, Adam (September 17, 2014). "Melvin Irked Over Breakup With Triple-A Affiliate". Milwaukee Brewers. Major League Baseball. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  27. ^ Tamburin, Adam (April 4, 2014). "Nashville Ballpark Build Unearths Ancient Finds". The Tennessean. Nashville. Retrieved 2015.
  28. ^ Barnes, Todd (November 20, 2014). "Tennessee State Museum to House Sulphur Dell Artifacts". The Tennessean. Nashville. Retrieved 2015.
  29. ^ Traughber, Bill (2017). Nashville Baseball History: From Sulphur Dell to the Sounds. South Orange, New Jersey: Summer Games Books. p. 177. ISBN 978-1-938545-83-2.
  30. ^ Garrison, Joey (November 19, 2014). "New Sounds Stadium Adds $5M to Price Tag". The Tennessean. Nashville. Retrieved 2014.
  31. ^ "LEED BD+C: New Construction v3 - LEED 2009: First Tennessee Park". U.S. Green Building Council. April 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  32. ^ a b Garrison, Joey (April 14, 2015). "New Sounds Stadium Earns LEED Silver Certification". The Tennessean. Nashville. Retrieved 2015.
  33. ^ a b "Cumberland River Greenway: Downtown" (PDF). Greenways For Nashville. 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  34. ^ Boyer, E. J. (April 22, 2014). "First Tennessee Bank Buys Naming Rights to New Sounds Stadium". Nashville Business Journal. Retrieved 2014.
  35. ^ "Nashville Sounds' Home to Become First Horizon Park". Ballpark Digest. August 22, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  36. ^ Holman, Abby (October 14, 2019). "Welcome To First Horizon Park". Sound Bytes Blog. Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2019.
  37. ^ a b c d e f g "Sounds Walk-Off in Home Opener". MILB.com. April 18, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  38. ^ "Colorado Springs vs. Nashville, April 17, 2015". MILB.com. April 17, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  39. ^ "Sounds Bested By Dodgers In Series Opener". MILB.com. April 21, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  40. ^ a b Herron, Jennifer (March 30, 2015). "Box Seats Sell out for Opening Night at Sounds' New Stadium". WSMV. Nashville. Archived from the original on April 3, 2015.
  41. ^ Ammenheuser, David (July 16, 2015). "Sounds Have Already Bypassed 2014 Attendance Mark". The Tennessean. Nashville. Retrieved 2015.
  42. ^ "Nashville Drops Home Finale". Nashville Sounds. Minor League Baseball. September 3, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  43. ^ "Sounds' June 4th Home Game To Be Nationally Televised". Nashville Sounds. Minor League Baseball. April 21, 2015. Retrieved 2019.
  44. ^ "Salt Lake vs. Nashville - June 4, 2015". Nashville Sounds. Minor League Baseball. June 4, 2015. Retrieved 2019.
  45. ^ "Country Legends Race". Nashville Sounds. Retrieved 2017.
  46. ^ @nashvillesounds (April 10, 2018). "Introducing our newest Country Legend racer...@DollyParton! She debuted with a W #CrankItRED Special thanks to @FirstTennessee for making all of our races possible!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  47. ^ "Postseason History" (PDF). 2018 Nashville Sounds Media Guide. Minor League Baseball. 2018. p. 179. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 11, 2018.
  48. ^ a b Garrison, Joey (August 23, 2017). "Renderings show how pro soccer will work at the Nashville Sounds' First Tennessee Park". The Tennessean. Nashville. Retrieved 2017.
  49. ^ Boclair, David (May 16, 2019). "Nashville SC Moves Two Matches to Nissan Stadium". Nashville Post. Retrieved 2019.
  50. ^ "Nashville SC to Host Atlanta United in Historic Exhibition". USL Soccer. November 28, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  51. ^ Roberson, Doug (February 10, 2018). "Atlanta United wins preseason opener". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2018.
  52. ^ Luis, Torres (February 10, 2018). "Ropapa Mensah scores the first goal for Nashville SC franchise". The Tennessean. Nashville. Retrieved 2018.
  53. ^ "Nashville SC League Home Opener Moved to Nissan Stadium". Nashville SC. February 12, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  54. ^ Cranford, Aaron (April 7, 2018). "Nashville Tops Independence in Front of 7,487". USL Soccer. Retrieved 2018.
  55. ^ "Sights & Sounds - Nashville, Cincinnati Bring the Park Down". USL Soccer. October 14, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  56. ^ a b c "Nashville SC 2018 Schedule". USL Championship. Retrieved 2019.
  57. ^ "2019 Schedule". Nashville SC. Retrieved 2019.
  58. ^ "Nashville SC Drops Rainy Preseason Friendly to MLS' New York City FC at First Tennessee Park: Nissan Recap". Nashville SC. February 22, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  59. ^ "Nashville SC Meets the Midweek Blues, Falls 1-0 to Tampa Bay Rowdies: Nissan Recap". Nashville SC. May 8, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  60. ^ a b c d "Nashville SC 2019 Schedule". USL Championship. Retrieved 2019.
  61. ^ "Nashville SC Silent Auction to Benefit Vanderbilt Children's Hospital". Nashville Post. November 5, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  62. ^ "2015 Celebrity Softball Game: Event Info". City of Hope. Retrieved 2015.
  63. ^ West, Kay (June 14, 2015). "It's Team iHeart Over Team Opry in a Walk-off Winning Hit from Bret Michaels". People. Time, Inc. Retrieved 2015.
  64. ^ a b c Organ, Mike (October 25, 2015). "Vanderbilt to Play Belmont at First Tennessee Park". The Tennessean. Nashville. Retrieved 2015.
  65. ^ Sparks, Adam (March 29, 2016). "Vanderbilt Wins First Tennessee Park's First College Game". USA Today. Retrieved 2016.
  66. ^ Grunik, Katie (January 24, 2018). "Vanderbilt to Play Belmont, Lipscomb in Baseball Games at First Tennessee Park this Spring". Fox 17. Retrieved 2018.
  67. ^ "The Course". Rock 'n' Roll Nashville Marathon. Archived from the original on March 11, 2018. Retrieved 2017.
  68. ^ "Sounds to Host "Big Guitar Brewfest" on July 16". MiLB.com. June 3, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  69. ^ "Sounds to Host Second Annual "Big Guitar Brewfest" May 20th". MILB.com. March 15, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  70. ^ "Kings of Leon 9/29". MiLB.com. September 11, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  71. ^ Gill, Joey (August 20, 2019). "GLOW Nashville Christmas Festival Promises to Deliver 'Brightest Christmas Experience'". WSMV. Retrieved 2019.
  72. ^ "GLOW Nashville". GLOW Nashville. Retrieved 2019.
  73. ^ Williams, F. M. (April 17, 1969). Sad Day at the Dell, as 35 Say Farewell. The Tennseeean. Nashville. p. 54. Retrieved 2019.
  74. ^ Nipper, Skip (March 16, 2015). "Nashville Bugs, Builders, and Ballpark Construction". 262 Down Right. Archived from the original on June 2, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  75. ^ Nipper, Skip (2007). Baseball in Nashville. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 99-100. ISBN 978-0-7385-4391-8.
  76. ^ Nipper, Skip (October 24, 2013). "New Ballpark, New Opening Day, New Memories". 262 Down Right. Archived from the original on June 19, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  77. ^ a b c d Boyd, Steve (April 10, 2015). "12 Design Features Not to Miss on First Tennessee Park Opening Day". Populous. Archived from the original on April 17, 2015.
  78. ^ Reichard, Kevin (April 6, 2016). "Ballpark Village Pitched for First Tennessee Park". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. Retrieved 2016.
  79. ^ a b c Ammenheuser, Dave (March 17, 2015). "12 Facts As First Tennessee Park Opener Nears". The Tennessean. Nashville. Retrieved 2015.
  80. ^ Leonard, Mike (April 20, 2015). "First Tennessee Park: 7 cool Environmental Features". The Tennessean. Nashville. Retrieved 2015.
  81. ^ a b c d Hill, Benjamin (August 14, 2015). "Take a Tour of Nashville's New Ballpark". MILB.com. Archived from the original on August 14, 2015.
  82. ^ Negro League Baseball in Tennessee (Video). YouTube. December 1, 2015. Event occurs at 2:26. Retrieved 2015.
  83. ^ "2016 Nashville Sounds A to Z". The Tennessean. Nashville. April 6, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  84. ^ "First Tennessee Park Review". Stadium Journey. Archived from the original on October 27, 2015.
  85. ^ "Sounds Announce Enhanced Fan Safety Measures at First Tennessee Park". Nashville Sounds. Minor League Baseball. January 12, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  86. ^ "Ballpark - 2016 Preview". Inside Pitch (1). Nashville Sounds. April 2016.
  87. ^ Ammenheuser, Dave (March 19, 2015). "Sounds' New Stadium Now Has Turf, Home Plate". The Tennessean. Nashville. Retrieved 2015.
  88. ^ a b c "First Tennessee Park" (PDF). 2015 Nashville Sounds Media Guide. Minor League Baseball. 2015. p. 206. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 7, 2015.
  89. ^ Behind the Scenes with the Designers of First Tennessee Park (Video). Populous. April 10, 2015. Event occurs at 1:00. Retrieved 2015.
  90. ^ Nipper, Skip (April 13, 2015). History Made at Sulphur Dell. The Tennessean. Nashville. p. 4C. Retrieved 2019.
  91. ^ a b c Fox, David (June 18, 2015). "Basics Like Housing and Meals Remain a Challenge for Minor League Players, Even with a Spanking New Stadium". Nashville Scene. Archived from the original on September 11, 2015.
  92. ^ "Sounds to Name Umpire Dressing Room After Nashville Native Chuck Meriwether". Nashville Sounds. Minor League Baseball. May 5, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  93. ^ Dykstra, Sam (October 23, 2015). "Toolshed: Final Triple-A Park Factors Review". MiLB.com. Retrieved 2015.
  94. ^ Dykstra, Sam (November 15, 2016). "Toolshed Stats: Triple-A Ballpark Factors". MiLB.com. Retrieved 2016.
  95. ^ Dykstra, Sam (November 8, 2019). "Toolshed: Assessing Triple-A Park Factors". MiLB.com. Retrieved 2016.
  96. ^ "First Tennessee Park Named Tennessee Turfgrass Association's Sports Field of the Year". MiLB.com. January 11, 2017. Archived from the original on January 31, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  97. ^ Cole, Nick (April 22, 2014). "First Tennessee's Name Will Go on New Sounds Ballpark". The Tennessean. Nashville. Retrieved 2014.
  98. ^ a b "Sounds to have new guitar scoreboard in new stadium". The Tennessean. Nashville. July 3, 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  99. ^ a b c "Sounds, Mayor Unveil State-of-the-Art Guitar Scoreboard For First Tennessee Park". MILB.com. June 20, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  100. ^ Jackson, Josh (January 15, 2015). "Triple-A, Double-A to Implement Pitch Clock". MILB.com. Retrieved 2015.
  101. ^ a b c d "2015 Nashville Sounds Season Ticket Memberships" (PDF). Nashville Sounds. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 2015.
  102. ^ a b "2018 Nashville Sounds Premium Group Hospitality & Outfield Picnics" (PDF). Nashville Sounds. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 2018.
  103. ^ a b c d e "2018 Group Outings and Suites". Nashville Sounds. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 2018.
  104. ^ "Centerplate and Nashville Sounds Give Fans More to Cheer About on Menus at the New First Tennessee Park". MarketWatch. April 17, 2015. Archived from the original on April 17, 2015.
  105. ^ a b "Sounds and Centerplate Announce New Menu Items for 2018 Season". Nashville Sounds. MILB.com. March 28, 2018.
  106. ^ "2017 Nashville Sounds Group Outings and Picnics" (PDF). Nashville Sounds. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 2017.
  107. ^ Hill, Benjamin (October 12, 2015). "On the Road: My First Look at First Tennessee Park in Nashville". MILB.com. Retrieved 2015.
  108. ^ a b c White, Abby (March 30, 2015). "Take Me Out to The Band Box: Strategic Hospitality Partners With Nashville Sounds in New Restaurant". Nashville Scene. Nashville. Archived from the original on April 11, 2015.
  109. ^ Hill, Benjamin (October 13, 2015). "On the Road: Gourmet Nachos and Hot Chicken in Nashville". MILB.com. Retrieved 2015.
  110. ^ Wood, Tom (April 25, 2015). "Nashville Sounds Owner, Players Marvel at New Park". The Daily News. Memphis. Archived from the original on September 11, 2015.
  111. ^ "Miniature Golf Course Opens at First Tennessee Park". WKRN. June 29, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  112. ^ a b "Parking Information". Nashville Sounds. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 2016.
  113. ^ Ammenheuser, David (April 6, 2016). "Sounds' Opening Day: 5 Things to Know". The Tennessean. Nashville. Retrieved 2016.
  114. ^ Garrison, Joey (February 27, 2015). "Sounds' Parking Plan Relies On Shuttles, Walking, Transit". The Tennessean. Nashville. Retrieved 2015.
  115. ^ a b "Nashville Sounds Game Information - September 2, 2019" (PDF). Nashville Sounds. Minor League Baseball. September 2, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  116. ^ "First Tennessee Park" (PDF). 2017 Nashville Sounds Media Guide. Minor League Baseball. 2017. p. 9. Retrieved 2017.
  117. ^ "Texas vs. Nashville - March 24, 2019". Minor League Baseball. March 24, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  118. ^ "Okla. City vs. Nashville - July 3, 2017". Minor League Baseball. July 3, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  119. ^ "Homestand Preview: June 26 - July 3". Nashville Sounds. Minor League Baseball. June 23, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  120. ^ "Okla. City vs. Nashville - July 3, 2016". Minor League Baseball. July 3, 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  121. ^ a b "Sounds Begin Eight-Game Homestand Saturday". Nashville Sounds. Minor League Baseball. June 23, 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  122. ^ "Redbirds vs. Sounds - September 2, 2018". Minor League Baseball. August 31, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  123. ^ "Homestand Preview: August 31 - September 3". Nashville Sounds. Minor League Baseball. August 24, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  124. ^ "Cubs vs. Sounds - July 4, 2018". Minor League Baseball. July 4, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  125. ^ "Homestand Preview: July 4-8". Nashville Sounds. Minor League Baseball. June 29, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  126. ^ "Omaha vs. Nashville - June 25, 2016". Minor League Baseball. June 25, 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  127. ^ "New Orleans vs. Nashville - June 17, 2017". Minor League Baseball. June 17, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  128. ^ a b "Homestand Preview: June 13 - June 20". Nashville Sounds. Minor League Baseball. June 12, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  129. ^ "Bees vs. Sounds Box Score - 06/15/19". Minor League Baseball. June 15, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  130. ^ "Sounds Return Home Wednesday for Seven-Game Homestand". Nashville Sounds. Minor League Baseball. June 7, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  131. ^ "Memphis vs. Nashville - July 7, 2017". Minor League Baseball. July 7, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  132. ^ "Star Wars Weekend Preview: July 7 - July 9". Nashville Sounds. Minor League Baseball. July 6, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  133. ^ "Iowa vs. Nashville - June 16, 2017". Minor League Baseball. June 16, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  134. ^ "2018 Pacific Coast League Attendance". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 2018.
  135. ^ "2017 Pacific Coast League Attendance". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 2017.
  136. ^ "2019 Pacific Coast League Attendance". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 2019.
  137. ^ "2015 Pacific Coast League Attendance". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 2017.
  138. ^ "2016 Pacific Coast League Attendance". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 2017.
  139. ^ Cole Swindell (2016). Middle of a Memory (Music video). Event occurs at 1:31. Retrieved 2017.
  140. ^ Barry Zito (2017). That Sound (Music video). Nashville Sounds. Retrieved 2017.
  141. ^ Thanki, Juli (May 31, 2016). "Trisha Yearwood delivers first pitch, anthem at Sounds game". The Tennessean. Nashville. Retrieved 2017.
  142. ^ "Tailgaiting - Trisha's Southern Kitchen". Food Network. Retrieved 2017.
  143. ^ "Michael Ray and Chris Lane to Play at First Tennessee Park as Part of "CMT Hot 20 Countdown" Taping on Tuesday, July 25". Nashville Sounds. Minor League Baseball. July 21, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  144. ^ Mojica, Adrian (2018). "Wheel of Fortune coming to Nashville Sounds game at First Tennessee Park". Fox 17. Retrieved 2018.

External links


  This article uses material from the Wikipedia page available here. It is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

First_Tennessee_Park
 



 



 
Music Scenes