MLS, Nashville SC express 'deep disappointment' in lack of progress on fairgrounds soccer stadium

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Mayor John Cooper spoke to the Nashville Rotary Club on Monday and answered questions about plans for an MLS stadium and auto racing at Fairgrounds Nashville.

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Major League Soccer and Nashville SC are putting public pressure on Mayor John Cooper to follow through on a deal to build a new soccer stadium in Nashville.

In a joint statement released Thursday, soccer officials say there is “deep disappointment” that the mayor has not come to a consensus with the team’s ownership group on the future of the MLS stadium at Fairgrounds Nashville.

“The Mayor’s continued refusal to proceed is a deep disappointment to Nashville SC and MLS. Nashville SC has agreed to work with the Mayor’s office over the next week to advance the discussions and finalize a plan to begin the stadium construction project,” said the statement.

Nashville SC and MLS are asking for an update on a “mutually agreeable solution” by Feb. 6.

The $250 million soccer stadium project, approved by the Metro Council in 2017, is stalled as Cooper has held off since October on signing paperwork to green light demolition of the old fairground expo centers, a needed step to make…

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