There is a certain buzz going around about the possibility of a Major League Baseball (MLB) expansion team coming to the already expanding Music City. According to Tommy Deas, of the Tennessean, the Music City Baseball LLC, sent members of the group to meet with MLB front-offices.
Last summer Rob Manfred, Commissioner of the MLB, said Nashville was one of the six cities to be considered for expansion.
The hype about the expansion reached a new high, when on the group’s website, www.mlbmusiccity.com released renderings of what the potential of the expansion might look like here in Nashville. The renderings show a stadium, a college baseball hall of fame, and a mixed used tower for residential space and a hotel. They also released the potential name of the expansion team, “The Nashville Stars.” According to the board members, the “Nashville Stars” came about to honor the Negro Leagues and the impact of what African Americans and other minorities had in the foundation of the game of baseball.
Currently there is five-year plan to bring Major League Baseball to Nashville. According to Music City Baseball LLC, the group’s vision is to “Secure Major League Baseball approval of an expansion franchise in Nashville, although, relocation and re-branding of an existing franchise would also be considered. Our goal is to complete construction of a new baseball stadium by early 2024 and commence competition in the Spring of 2024.”
The group also admits that buy-in for a franchise would cost billions and says the money would come from a mix of investors. The organization plans to raise more than 4.5 million dollars to help cover expenses for the next three years. This will potentially bring more jobs to Nashville as well as more professional sports entertainment.