First Horizon Park


City of Nashville, Tennessee


Construction Cost
$56 million

Project Size
10,000 Seats

First Horizon Park


First Horizon Park (formerly First Tennessee Park) is the home of the Nashville Sounds, the AAA affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. The 10,000-seat, $56M ballpark opened in 2015 to rave reviews from fans and players.  Designed as a clean and modern ballpark with fluid curves throughout, First Tennessee Park replaced the aging and outdated Greer Stadium. 

The project was characteristic of most sports projects, with an extremely fast delivery, a tight budget, and numerous technical challenges. Our structural solutions were vital to delivering a successful product.

The “delicate and lacy” truss design mimicked the look of the roof trusses of the original Sulphur Dell Park. This was very important to the City of Nashville. To achieve this look, Walter P Moore eliminated all gusset plates in the web members. To speed construction and avoid field welding, we designed and detailed the entire trusses to be shop fabricated, shipped, and erected as individual units. 

The site was a mix of various soils and older buildings that had been bulldozed and infilled. As a result, the seating bowl and on-grade structures were all designed as structural elements to span to grade beams that are supported on deep foundations.

Walter P Moore took the lead in setting the deliverable schedule, working closely with the architect and contractor.  Four early construction packages were issued in two-week increments allowing the project to proceed at a highly accelerated pace, going from the beginning of Design Development to Opening Day in just 440 days.