First Tennessee Park


City of Nashville, Tennessee


10,000 Seats

First Tennessee Park


Transforming an Urban Brownfield into an Urban Jewel

First Tennessee Park, the new downtown home of the AAA Nashville Sounds baseball team, is an amenity-rich ballpark that honors Music City’s rich baseball heritage. The 10,000-seat, $47Mballpark opened in April 2015 to rave reviews from fans, team owners, and city officials.

In managing an urban brownfield site with service level spaces below the 100-year flood plain, an extremely tight schedule, and demanding architectural design requirements, Walter P Moore demonstrated engineering excellence throughout the project by creating a ballpark that has transformed the fan experience and is catalyzing urban renewal in a neighborhood north of downtown Nashville. Fans flocked to see their new park and signature 150-ft-long guitar-shaped scoreboard, increasing first-year attendance by more than 60%.

Project Highlights

  1. Innovative and economical solution to address the susceptibility of the ballpark — depressed 9 ft below grade — to periodic flooding from the nearby Cumberland River.
  2. The structural design and detailing of the new ballpark emulate the most beloved aspects of Sulphur Dell ballpark, the historic birthplace of Nashville baseball which had previously occupied the site.
  3. Fans love their new park, and first year attendance increased 60% from 2014.
  4. Just months after the first pitch, 25 new projects are planned or already under construction.