Nashville Metro Sports Authority Gives Soccer Stadium Green Light

Nashville’s Metro Sports Authority has approved issuing revenue bonds for construction of a soccer stadium at the Nashville Fairgrounds.

The sports authority approved a resolution Thursday, reports WKRN News 2. The project still must be approved by Metro Council, which will vote on the proposal Nov. 7. The council will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Creative Arts Building at the fairgrounds.

The resolution approved Thursday would allow the sports authority to issue up to $225 million in revenue bonds for the 27,500-seat stadium if Metro Council also signs off on the project. The project would cost a total of $250 million.

Mayor Megan Barry’s proposal for the stadium is controversial because of the costs and also because of how it might impact existing activities at the fairgrounds. Barry, a progressive Democrat, wants to entice a Major League Soccer expansion team to come to Nashville. MLS will make a decision in December. Her proposal also involves opening up 10 acres at the fairgrounds to mixed-used development that would include affordable housing.

Monica Fawknotson, executive director of the sports authority, told WKRN that the stadium is “an incredible opportunity for the city” and that “there are a lot of opportunities for the stadium outside of soccer.”

While Barry portrays the stadium funding as a private-public partnership with the public responsible for only 10 percent, critics say the public could end up footing the bill for a lot more than that if the stadium does not generate the expected revenue. They also fear construction cost overruns.

Metro Councilman Steve Glover told WKRN he believes that as with the new stadium for the Nashville Sounds minor league baseball team that opened in 2015, the soccer stadium would end up costing more than planned.

Last week, 150 people turned out for a meeting at the fairgrounds held by the fair board at which many raised critical questions about the proposal or railed against it.

The Davidson County Republican Party is urging conservatives to support the local party chapter in its efforts to raise questions about the soccer stadium and other projects and problems that have arisen under Barry’s leadership.

“With all the news lately regarding spending on an MLS Stadium, the tax increase for transit, soaring property values, the resurgence of building a Flood Wall downtown, the crime wave to name a few, our city is changing and not in a good direction,” the party chapter posted on Facebook Thursday. “We ask you to join us in the fight to bring conservative leadership to this city, to stop the spending and overbearing debt, and the citizens of Nashville to truly have a voice.”



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3 Thoughts to “Nashville Metro Sports Authority Gives Soccer Stadium Green Light”

  1. Wolf Woman

    The Devil’s in the Details:

    “The ownership group [John Ingram and private investors] would be responsible for the annual debt service with one exception: If sales and ticket tax revenues are below $4 million per year for the first five years of operation, or $3 million per year in years six through ten, Metro [the public/us] agrees to contribute the difference from non-tax revenues.” Nashville Scene magazine October 5-11, 2017, page 8.

    What non-tax revenues, Mayor Moonbeam? and who pays for the socialist ‘affordable housing’ you want to be built on this site? And why should billionaires get a place at the Metro give-away trough?
    And what about a referendum so all of us underlings can have a say? At least Karl “Marx” Dean gave us that.

    Guess you’ve been hanging out too long with the 1% billionaires and Vandy social justice warriors to remember us, the common folk. But we’ll remember you and how you want so desperately want to sacrifice our needs for the fashionable international set who can finance a governor’s campaign war chest, while we sit in a traffic jam that stretches for miles and ride over potholes that threaten our car’s suspension and beat our tires to shreds.

  2. lb

    Of course they did–once again Nashville elects lefties who go along with anything the mayoress wants

  3. 83ragtop50

    WOW! Who would have thought that the Sports Authority would approve such a huge deal from which they will directly benefit. The fox watching the henhouse.