Six companies bid to conduct Sounds ballpark feasibility study

Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 2:29pm

Six companies — primarily design or sports consulting firms with histories of stadium master planning — have delivered bids to Metro government to conduct a study on the feasibility of a new Nashville Sounds minor league ballpark.

Mike Spore, contract specialist for Metro Purchasing, said a firm could be hired within two weeks. Metro had issued a request for proposals for the project several weeks ago.

Spore said he could not reveal the desired compensation asked by each company, adding that information would be available after the evaluation process. 

The chosen organization will conduct a study that asks whether a new ballpark is needed to replace Greer Stadium. From there, the organization is to review potential locations and recommend the best spot.

Sites bandied around, among others, include the 11-acre former thermal plant site, the area northeast of the state capitol building where Nashville’s old Sulphur Dell Stadium once sat, and the East Bank of Cumberland River.

Mayor Karl Dean has said he wants to conduct the feasibility study before deciding whether to move forward on a stadium proposal.

The companies, with descriptions from respective websites, include the following: 

• Populous — a company formerly known as HOK Sport with a Nashville office that describes itself as a global design practice that has worked on master planning and design consulting for a number of sports facilities.

• Brailsford & Dunlavey — a Washington D.C.-based entity that calls itself a program management firm with facility planning capabilities that has worked on a number of arenas and stadiums.

• Convergence Design — a Kansas City-based firm that has worked on stadiums and says its desire is to improve the “built environment through excellent architecture, great design and sound planning.”

• Conventions, Sports & Leisure International — a Plano, Texas-based advisory and planning firm specializing in providing consulting services to the convention, sport, entertainment and visitor industries.

• C.H. Johnson Consulting, Inc. — a Chicago-based real estate and hospitality consulting firm that has worked on conference centers, arenas, stadiums, hotels, development districts and fairgrounds.

• Market & Feasibility Advisors, LLC — a Chicago-based company that offers data, comprehensive analysis and sustainable strategies for public, private and non-profit clients.

32 Comments on this post:

By: Kosh III on 6/16/11 at 1:05

Why are the taxpayers paying for this?
If the Sounds want a new stadium, they can do it the capitalist/free enterprise way: pay for it with their own money.

By: bfra on 6/16/11 at 1:10

Amen Kosh - Does this inept mayor have to have an out of State committee, on taxpayer's money, tell him how to put his pants on in the morning?

By: slacker on 6/16/11 at 1:35

You would think they could at least through out a ballpark figure. Remember this is for a minor league team. Google how Greer stadium was financed.

By: bfra on 6/16/11 at 1:45

Why would Karl & crew want to use their brains? Karl has blank checks on taxpayers to spend at whim!

By: slacker on 6/16/11 at 2:01

sorry s/h/b throw

By: JeffF on 6/16/11 at 2:23

Hopefully we as a city will have learned to look for consultants who are not afraid to say no when an idea looks bad. There are a lot of consultants tied to architecture, engineering, and management who feed those sides of their businesses with "Yes" recommendations on the consulting side. Example, the 4 major convention consultants who have never said no even while their can't miss facilities are being foreclosed and causing governments to layoff general government staff.

By: JeffF on 6/16/11 at 2:25

C.H. Johnson Consulting, Inc. was the group that told St Louis that their convention center hotel would be a great project.

Wish they posted a video of that foreclosure auction on YouTube.

By: localboy on 6/16/11 at 2:31

Hasn't a study(ies) already been conducted under the previous ownership(s)? While I'm a baseball fan and attend Sounds games and am not against a new venue, I'm with Kosh - let the ownership foot the bill and if the plan is accepted, then yes, maybe some of the costs could be shared as closing costs or something.
I've been going to Greer since the early eighties and have to say it's been a long time since the field has looked so good.

By: dargent7 on 6/17/11 at 6:02

Use LP Field. The hapless Titans aren't making much use of it.

By: Kosh III on 6/17/11 at 6:06

Don't forget that Jim Fyke is being paid 60,000 per year for 19.5 hours a week with his job to be finding a consulting firm for the Sounds welfare deal. Well, he found it, now fire him and give the money to the underpaid rank and file who do the real work.

By: budlight on 6/17/11 at 6:42

Kosh III on 6/16/11 at 2:05
Why are the taxpayers paying for this?
If the Sounds want a new stadium, they can do it the capitalist/free enterprise way: pay for it with their own money.

Another item that I agree with you on Kosh. I hope everyone on CP who feels this way does NOT vote for Karl again for Mayor.

By: Community-carl-... on 6/17/11 at 7:20

Dean should not be Metro taxpayers' money to pay for this feasibility study. If the Sounds want a new ballpark stadium, they should gather the needed information and pay for the study themselves.

When I think of the Metro employees who have been laid off/early retired because of departmental budget cuts this past year, and then Dean follows that up by proposing the frivolous spending on this study, I have to ask just how truthful he has been in the past, and continues to be, when he sets spending priorities for
Nashville. The man is only interested in looking out for the interests of the rich and well connected ...... not the everyday working class citizens of Nashville.

Dean has already spent more than enough to hock our children's futures for years to come. I will not be voting for Dean next election.

By: 4gold on 6/17/11 at 8:04

The taxpayers of Davidson county paid dear to build L.P. Field. And gave away all rights for outside uses plus beer and hotdog sales. We built it, Bud owns it. Dont let that happen again. Quit giving sports millionaires a free ride on our tax back.

By: BigPapa on 6/17/11 at 8:29

I'm sure there's a study out there paid for by Purcell that says that the best use of the Thermal site is the baseball stadium. It's a game all mayors play. You pay for an audit or study that concludes that yes, whatever it is you are wanting, is what should be done.
Can you imagine a city paying a for a feasibility study that actually comes back and says that X purposed project is a bad idea???? Just doesn't happen.

By: rcadby on 6/17/11 at 8:40

It's time to smack down the whole concept of "investing" the fruits of everyone's labor (taxes), e.g. forcing folks who will never use such sports facilities to pay for anything beyond a basic necessity.

If the free market, which is disappearing in leaps and bounds, can't justify or afford such ventures then it's simply not profitable except for a selected few and that would be stealing in my view.

Don't buy into the mantra "building infrastructure" to benefit the masses which is being applied to all sorts of things outside of what is truly infrastructure. Sports stadiums should be approved and paid for by the users, not the losers (taxpayers).

You can lead a horse to water.....(Hoarse Whisperer)

By: TITAN1 on 6/17/11 at 8:42

By: 4gold on 6/17/11 at 9:04

The taxpayers of Davidson county paid dear to build L.P. Field. And gave away all rights for outside uses plus beer and hotdog sales. We built it, Bud owns it. Dont let that happen again. Quit giving sports millionaires a free ride on our tax back.

And I am very glad we have LP Field and the Titans. To have our own NFL franchise is priceless! Other cities would have given even more to have to have them.

By: tomba1 on 6/17/11 at 8:57

Enjoy while you can. Bud won't be around forever and neither will that contract. Lots more money elsewhere.

By: girliegirl on 6/17/11 at 9:18

The city has no business spending money it does NOT have.

By: BigPapa on 6/17/11 at 9:19

Nashville will have a great fball stadium, a new convention center, a hockey arena, and a brand new baseball stadium...but schools that chase off quality people to the 'burbs.
Our priorities are out of whack.

By: TITAN1 on 6/17/11 at 9:41

tomba1, you have no clue what you are talking about.
BP, nice try, but one has nothing to do with the other.

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cc: Gov Tim Pawlenty

By: jasonweaver on 6/17/11 at 10:32

Sounds owners would pay for it if, or at least share the cost, if the city would build the stadium where they want it built. Dean wants it on the Sulphur Dell area and the Sounds do. The siting of this ballpark has been studied to death already, That's the real waste of dollars.

By: BigPapa on 6/17/11 at 12:27

I think they are very much tied together. Nashville is the place people visit, the burbs are the place people live.
You dont see any of the doughnut counties putting any money into such silly ventures as ball stadia (stadiums?) They're spending money are schools, parks, sidewalks.. things families want.

By: TITAN1 on 6/17/11 at 1:09

Well BP, since you have said in the past that you are a Titans fan and go to some of the games, that makes you a hypocrite.

By: GammaMoses on 6/17/11 at 1:18

Why are all the consultants from out of state? Did anyone publish their track record? And why does Nashville need a consultant to find consultants? BP, you're right about Nashville priorities. If Nashville has money to spend this way, it should have money to hire back some of the teachers they let go. I just went to a Sounds game recently. The parking was good, the seating was a little tight, but I had a terrific view of the field, the vendors were polite, and, on this night, there was a wonderful breeze that blew over the stands every so often, the kids had a good time, and the Sounds won!!! What could a new stadium offer--more seats at higher prices?

By: TITAN1 on 6/17/11 at 1:27

Something to be proud of.

By: slzy on 6/18/11 at 8:08

Her's a study: The Cleveland Indians had 455 straight sell outs.

Last year they averaged less than 17,000 per game,up slightly this year.

Just like a car,when the shine is gone the payments continue.

If ball parks are such revitalizers,what is revatilized around Greer?

Titan 1,I bet salesmen see you coming a mile away. Titans jerseys on anyone over 12 spells S-u-c-k-e-r.

By: TITAN1 on 6/18/11 at 8:24

Sleezy, stop acting like a moron, or maybe it just comes natural.

By: slzy on 6/18/11 at 7:58

Your wit is simoly unparalled,titone.

By: TITAN1 on 6/18/11 at 9:20

I wasn't trying to be funny. I was just curious if you were born that way or if you have to work at it.

By: richgoose on 6/19/11 at 8:11

My guess is that if a study were done by 98% of the men and women who had achieved a net worth of at least 10 million dollars that the best place for the new Sounds ballpark would be Culleoka, Tennessee.

By: slzy on 6/19/11 at 10:01

titone,if you are really interested,lets get together somewhere.