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To me, it has to be inside the downtown loop…or somewhere within walking distance of the downtown loop.  The perfect place is, of course, the scrap metal yard.  If these guys are serious, I think they should have a sit-down with the city, the Titans and Icahn and all 4 entities work together to make the land from the Titans stadium all the way to trucker’s curve a mixed use wonderland.  You’ll have to offer Icahn some ownership in the new development…maybe even ownership in the baseball team (doubt the Titans would offer any ownership of the football franchise…of course)…and he would still need some $$ and probably a new place to move his business included.  Then…that entire section should be a football stadium, baseball stadium, office buildings, hotels, residential, retail, restaurants, entertainment, etc.

The sticking point will be Icahn…which is why all of those involved need to come together…all have skin in the game (including Icahn who will have to stop playing such hardball)..and get this done.  It’s where this needs to go.

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2 hours ago, TheRaglander said:

I may have mentioned this before but when my dad and I had Pred's season tickets it was located in the upper bowl and the seats around us were single-game tickets.  So we got the pleasure to talk to visiting fans.  One thing that stuck out a lot were people that sat next to us that were there on a convention.  Something like a farm machinery convention and these group of guys/gals would walk around downtown, grab drinks and say, "hey, a hockey game.  why not?"  

You would absolutely lose that type of Broadway foot traffic if you put the stadium out in the burbs.  I really hope it's a location near Nissan stadium so the convention visitors take a stroll and catch a few innings of MLB.  

Agreed 100%. Baseball plays an insane amount of games. And you are gonna get way more pop ins if it's downtown, rather than in Williamson/Rutherford/Robertson county.

81 home games is A LOT of games to fill a stadium for. 

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1 hour ago, nashvylle said:

@titanhog I agree it would be a great location, but the environmental cleanup costs makes this not realistic, even if Icahn gave the land for free. 

I disagree that it would make it unrealistic.  It’s definitely going to cost…but I also guarantee that land is not going to just become a passive parkland, either.  That land is the most valuable open space we have left and even if the city doesn’t foot the bill…eventually, someone will foot the bill to cleanup that land and use it for something other than just an open space.

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On 1/13/2021 at 8:14 PM, MLBrumby said:

Wasn't there a massive proposal a couple years back for the land adjacent to the TSU campus?  Labeled "Cumberland Shores" on Smeaglefree's excellent development map. 

I was just catching up on this subject and saw your question.  Not sure it was answered.  The Cumberland Shores at TSU project is on the main campus and highly unlikely to move forward because it too is a major flood area that would require significant work to prevent.  It is currently agricultural research land for TSU.  It was just recently flooded with the rains Nashville received a few weeks ago.

That being said, the MLB group trying to establish a team in Nashville had a meeting with TSU officials I believe in February.  I could be wrong about the meeting timeframe.   There's been nothing since and other locations that were mentioned included the Nissan Stadium area, Metro Center and the area across from River North on the Germantown side that is near I-65 just opposite of Metro Center.  I believe there's a concrete company in that area.  Quite honestly, TSU didn't feel like they are ready to do anything anytime soon because they weren't offering any concrete reason as to why the TSU site would be beneficial to the franchise given the flooding issue and the lack of infrastructure on the property.   I was told that TSU felt like they were simply exploring other options as a tactic to get closer to Nissan or some other downtown location, not actually considering the TSU property.  

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22 minutes ago, PillowTalk4 said:

I was just catching up on this subject and saw your question.  Not sure it was answered.  The Cumberland Shores at TSU project is on the main campus and highly unlikely to move forward because it too is a major flood area that would require significant work to prevent.  It is currently agricultural research land for TSU.  It was just recently flooded with the rains Nashville received a few weeks ago.

That being said, the MLB group trying to establish a team in Nashville had a meeting with TSU officials I believe in February.  I could be wrong about the meeting timeframe.   There's been nothing since and other locations that were mentioned included the Nissan Stadium area, Metro Center and the area across from River North on the Germantown side that is near I-65 just opposite of Metro Center.  I believe there's a concrete company in that area.  Quite honestly, TSU didn't feel like they are ready to do anything anytime soon because they're 

Thanks @PillowTalk4 very interesting info. Did you accidentally click save without finishing your thought? You ended with "anytime soon because they're".... I'm intrigued to know why!

I am particularly interested in what you said RE Nissan Stadium and Germantown. I doubt the Titans would give up their riverfront land (and they have said so), but if the MLB team gave up equity in the team in exchange for the parking lots behind Nissan Stadium, the land for mixed-use development THE TITANS want to develop already for Nissan Stadium renovations will become much, much more valuable if it were adjacent to  the Titans AND Stars stadiums...

WRT Germantown, I imagine this tract of land along cement plant road is what you're referring to?  If so, that would be a great location with Oracle and the pedestrian bridge. 

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On 4/15/2021 at 3:51 PM, nashvylle said:

Thanks @PillowTalk4 very interesting info. Did you accidentally click save without finishing your thought? You ended with "anytime soon because they're".... I'm intrigued to know why!

I am particularly interested in what you said RE Nissan Stadium and Germantown. I doubt the Titans would give up their riverfront land (and they have said so), but if the MLB team gave up equity in the team in exchange for the parking lots behind Nissan Stadium, the land for mixed-use development THE TITANS want to develop already for Nissan Stadium renovations will become much, much more valuable if it were adjacent to  the Titans AND Stars stadiums...

WRT Germantown, I imagine this tract of land along cement plant road is what you're referring to?  If so, that would be a great location with Oracle and the pedestrian bridge. 

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My computer has a very sensitive touch pad, I may have inadvertently deleted the tail end of my statement.  so, I went back to finish it.  In short TSU didn't feel like their interest in TSU property is real but more of a tactic.  And, yes I believe that is the location of the property described as another option.  Seems a little odd to me that they would consider property near a wastewater treatment facility.

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Not ideal but better than in the burbs and some other places mentioned but has the Greer Stadium location been considered?  It's just outside the interstate loop and if it were facing due north rather than southeast like Greer was you may get a good view of downtown if Fort Negley doesn't block it.  I've never been to Greer so I have no ideal how steep a hill Fort Negley sits on and to know if it blocks the view of downtown.  Also I think you would need to add interstate access using Chestnut St. or Hamilton Ave. for this site to work.  Again it's not an ideal location but there are much worse locations nor is there enough land in the ideal locations.

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10 hours ago, L'burgnative said:

But there used to be a ballpark  on those grounds, what's changed?  There looks to be plenty of room for an MLB ballpark and keep it off the Fort's grounds.

Uproar about city property going to private developers. 

Uproar about disregarding the history there, especially African American history.

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Oakland Athletics to start looking at relocating elsewhere

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/31427293/oakland-athletics-start-looking-relocating-elsewhere-sources-say

This is likely just a ploy from ownership to try and win public funds toward a new stadium, and I would honestly hate to steal a team from Oakland, but I still feel that this could be a potential storyline to watch moving forward.

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2 minutes ago, henburg said:

Oakland Athletics to start looking at relocating elsewhere

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/31427293/oakland-athletics-start-looking-relocating-elsewhere-sources-say

This is likely just a ploy from ownership to try and win public funds toward a new stadium, and I would honestly hate to steal a team from Oakland, but I still feel that this could still be a potential storyline to watch moving forward.

I agree on the strategy for public funds. 

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Of all the options (expansion, relocation), getting the A's would by far be the best option. You get instant tradition and credibility. The Nashville Athletics!!...sounds good. However, with a relocated Tampa team, you have the Yankees and Red Sox coming to town a couple of times a years.

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I think MLB would want to keep the A's out west. I also don't think timing is right for Nashville (no appetite for a major stadium project with public money). I do think by 2030 we have a MLB team.

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44 minutes ago, PHofKS said:

Of all the options (expansion, relocation), getting the A's would by far be the best option. You get instant tradition and credibility. The Nashville Athletics!!...sounds good. However, with a relocated Tampa team, you have the Yankees and Red Sox coming to town a couple of times a years.

Any team relocation would be renamed the Nashville Stars. 

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