Tennessee: Demolition begins for Nashville stadium
source: NashvillePost.com; author: michał
It's not actual construction just yet, but demolition of the old fairgrounds in southern Nashville is already ongoing. At this point it's unclear whether COVID-19 could halt them.
Nashville SC is the youngest MLS franchise, they barely played a few games in the league before it was suspended because of the pandemic. So far their home is Nissan Stadium, the NFL venue east of downtown.
For months their proposed new stadium was delayed but that is no more. On Monday demolition crews arrived in southern Nashville's fairgrounds to begin demolition. An injunction motion to stop the process was filed by 'Save our faigrounds' group, but court decided not to warrant it, seeing that daily cost of crews stands at $6,500.
Agreement between Nashville SC and the city hall was reached in February. The city will not bear the cost of demolition or construction, the football club has also pledged to cover road network changes worth $19 million.
According to plan, actual construction process should begin later this spring, once site clearing is over. If so, the 30,000-capacity stadium should be ready in 2022.
However, Nashville is only now starting to face the reality of COVID-19, having seen people flocking Broadway pubs and restaurants over the past few days. So at this point it is unclear whether the schedule can be retained, pending further developments.