Nashville SC urges supporters to sign petition, contact Mayor Cooper in stadium dispute

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Nashville Mayor John Cooper and Nashville SC owner John Ingram have a dispute over the club’s soccer stadium that has gone public.

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Nashville SC is urging soccer fans to sign a petition and lobby Mayor John Cooper to allow construction to begin on the club’s 30,000-seat stadium at the fairgrounds.

In an email sent to supporters Sunday night, Nashville SC urged supporters to join its “Build The Stadium” campaign by signing a petition and contacting the mayor’s office, even listing the Cooper’s phone number, email address and Twitter handle.

“We put it all on the table to bring Major League Soccer to Nashville,” the club said in the email.

The club plans to take things a step further Thursday when it hosts league commissioner Don Garber for a panel discussion regarding the stadium and the future of MLS in front of Nashville SC fans.

The moves by Nashville SC come as tensions continue to build and debate rages in the community over the future of Fairgrounds Nashville and how the soccer stadium there could fit with the possible return of NASCAR to the fairgrounds speedway.

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