Demolition on Greer Stadium starts Monday and should be finished in about six months.
Once full of life and excitement as the home of the Nashville Sounds, Greer Stadium now sits empty.
“The stadium has been there since 1978. In reality, today, it’s just really not useful anymore. It’s kind of outlived its usefulness. It’s an old and dilapidated stadium used by the Sounds for almost, what, 40 years,” said Rick Taylor with Metro Parks and Recreation.
After the Sounds played their last game there in August 2014 and moved to their new home, the stadium has been a target for vandals.
Taylor said, “It’s been vacant for the last four years and it’s just been hard to keep people out. We’ve had some vandalism in the park and at the stadium. It’s hard to secure.”
He said the stadium has to be demolished due to its current state and money.
“There was a lot of plumbing and utility issues at that park. To have repurposed it would have cost a lot of money and I think the best thing to do with that stadium would be to take it down and then go through public process and figure out what the best use of that park property would be in the future,” he continued.
The plan is to turn that three plus acres into space the public will be able to use, but the cost and exactly what will be there are to be determined.
“That’s a $20 million question. I’m sure the Fort Negley advisory committee will have a say. The general public will have a say, our parks planning department and our director, and our board will probably weigh in and when you take all that information, together, we might be able to come up with a really usable park space. In terms of what the cost would be to develop that park, it just depends on what it is. If there’s going to be a structure there, then you know, structures cost a lot of money. If it turns into be greenspace. Those items aren’t as expensive as development of the property,” Taylor told News 2.
But before any of that happens, an archeological team will go in after demolition to make sure any history that might be under the stadium is not disturbed. We’re told it might be about three years before that area is ready to use again.
The cost of demolition is right at $1 million.
Officials think the city will recoup some of that money through the sale of stadium seats and the famous guitar scoreboard, available through EBid Nashville.
The current bid for 200 stadium seats is $2000. The guitar scoreboard could be yours for $54,815.00, which we’re told is the cost of removal in a way in which the giant guitar can be repurposed.