Board votes to raze Nashville Fairgrounds property, build new MLS stadium

This is an artist rendering of a proposed stadium that would be home to a Major League Soccer franchise in Nashville. The park will be built on the former home of the Nashville Fairgrounds but the Nashville Speedway will be spared. (WZTV)

A plan to build an MLS stadium at the Nashville Fairgrounds is moving forward.

The fairgrounds board voted Tuesday on the location of the Major League Soccer stadium, which passed with a 5-0 vote.

The Board of Fair Commissioners voted on a plan that would demolish almost all existing buildings except for the Speedway.

The cost of the stadium would be $250 Million. It could create 3,500 construction jobs and it would be open by 2020.

The plan still needs votes from the Metro Zoning Board, Metro City Council and Sports Authority. All of those votes could take until October or November before the total green light is given to even break ground.

This plan would also include one new flea market center and one expo center. Combined they would create:

  • 125,000 Square feet of conditioned space
  • 100,000 of covered space
  • Multiple Loading Zones
  • Roll up doors for large items
  • Green Space

It would be located on a piece of property on Wedgewood Avenue and would cost $25 million on 17 acres.

The approved plan will mean the eventual demolition of several buildings at the fairgrounds, including the sports arena, the banquet hall, show arena and creative arts building.

The $25 million to pay for the new buildings is part of the overall MLS deal under improvements to the fairgrounds. The plan says none of the old buildings will be demolished until the new buildings are ready to move into.

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