Metro’s Board of Fair Commissioners approved 5-0 Tuesday a plan to upgrade The Fairgrounds Nashville. The new design aims to accommodate a Major League Soccer stadium planned for the fairgrounds.
In November, Metro Council approved $225 million in revenue bonds on the bases that the Board of Fair Commissioners would pass a plan to overhaul the 117-acre fairgrounds.
A month following the council’s approval, Nashville was awarded an MLS expansion team. Nashville was the first of 12 cities that submitted formal bids in January to be awarded one of four available MLS expansion teams.
What is in the new plan?
According to the Nashville Post, the board’s plan to overhaul the fairgrounds includes demolishing and relocating existing buildings to a separate portion of the fairgrounds northeast of the planned soccer stadium. The stadium would then be constructed on the southwest portion of the fairgrounds where the current buildings are located.
The speedway would be located east of the stadium.
What was the previous plan?
A former plan called for the existing fairgrounds buildings to be located north of the soccer stadium. Three mixed-use buildings will now reside to its north, which the board says could potentially become restaurants, retail shops, office spaces or other facilities.
When will the stadium open?
If construction begins and remains on schedule, the stadium would open in 2021.
Fairgrounds Nashville is located at 625 Smith Avenue.