New stadium to be built on site of old Nashville ballpark

New stadium to be built on site of old Nashville ballpark

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By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II
Associated Press

NASHVILLE (AP) - More than 40 years ago, a historic ballpark in downtown Nashville was demolished and construction of an interstate uprooted homes and businesses in the predominantly black neighborhood, leading to an economic slump.

This part of the city never recovered, but residents and leaders are optimistic a new minor league stadium will help revive the community the way ballparks have helped other cities.

The old Sulphur Dell ballpark was home to the Nashville Vols, the city's white team, as well as the Nashville Elite (pronounced E-light) Giants, who played in the Negro League. Fans would go from games to nearby businesses on thriving Jefferson Street, now a historic district.

The Metro Council gave final approval this week to the $65 million stadium, which is part of a building boom of urban minor league ballparks.

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