First Tennessee Park opened its doors on April 17, 2015 to a sellout crowd of 10,459 fans to cheer on the Nashville Sounds in the opener to the team's 38th season. With 19 sellouts in 71 openings, the first season welcomed a total of 565,548 fans to the park, which is the highest attendance the Sounds have had in the last 25 years.
The park marks a return of baseball to the area where Sulphur Dell Park once stood. Sulphur Dell hosted Negro and Minor League Baseball teams from the 19th century through 1963, including a six-decade run as the home of the Southern Association's Nashville Vols.
Minor League Baseball returned to Nashville in 1978, when the Sounds -- named for the sound associated with the city's famous country music scene -- played their inaugural season at south Nashville's Herschel Greer Stadium.
The stadium proposal was spearheaded by mayor Karl Dean (pictured above with Sounds owners Frank Ward [right] and Masahiro Honzawa [left]) in November, and metro council approved funding for the project on Dec. 10. The city will issue municipal bonds to cover an estimated $65 million price tag -- including both construction and land acquisition costs -- with the Sounds committing to a 30-year lease agreement running through the 2045 campaign.
In addition, Sounds ownership pledged $60 million toward mixed-use real estate development in the surrounding area.
"This was the location that the mayor wanted, and we wanted, and the stars all aligned in the right direction," said Sounds owner Frank Ward. "Everything just worked, that's probably the easiest way to say it."
The state-of-the-art First Tennessee Park includes many special elements that make the venue the best in Nashville. To name a few: a 360-degreee game viewing experience; spacious concourses all within view of the on-field action; unique group outing spaces; an expansive club level with suites; LED and ribbon boards; and of course - the signature guitar scoreboard, bigger and brighter than ever.
Click here for a complete seating chart. First Tennessee Park is also available to host various events. To book an event at the ballpark, please contact Amy Schoch at 615-515-1123.