First Tennessee Park
Transforming an Urban Brownfield into an Urban Jewel
First Tennessee Park, the new downtown home of the AAA Nashville Sounds baseball team, is an amenity-rich ballpark that honors Music City’s rich baseball heritage. The 10,000-seat, $47Mballpark opened in April 2015 to rave reviews from fans, team owners, and city officials.
In managing an urban brownfield site with service level spaces below the 100-year flood plain, an extremely tight schedule, and demanding architectural design requirements, Walter P Moore demonstrated engineering excellence throughout the project by creating a ballpark that has transformed the fan experience and is catalyzing urban renewal in a neighborhood north of downtown Nashville. Fans flocked to see their new park and signature 150-ft-long guitar-shaped scoreboard, increasing first-year attendance by more than 60%.
- Innovative and economical solution to address the susceptibility of the ballpark — depressed 9 ft below grade — to periodic flooding from the nearby Cumberland River.
- The structural design and detailing of the new ballpark emulate the most beloved aspects of Sulphur Dell ballpark, the historic birthplace of Nashville baseball which had previously occupied the site.
- Fans love their new park, and first year attendance increased 60% from 2014.
- Just months after the first pitch, 25 new projects are planned or already under construction.