Looks like Nashville Fairgrounds is finally dead

Discussion in 'Short Track Racing' started by MRM, Dec 19, 2017.

  1. MRM

    MRM Team Owner

    After years of trying to kill off the speedway at the Nashville Fairgrounds, looks like city leaders have finally done it. Nashville has been awarded a MLS franchise. In the proposal, a new soccer stadium is to be built on the Fairgrounds site. I would assume the speedway and the fairgrounds as a whole will be turned into the stadium and stadium parking.
     
  2. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    that's the problem with short tracks now days. too small to fight city hall
     
  3. SpeedPagan

    SpeedPagan The iRacing Guru

    I don't see why they can't do a Bowman Gray Stadium kind of deal. Keep the race track, but have the soccer field in the in field and schedule the racing and soccer matches around each other so they don't conflict.
     
  4. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    Probably because they don't want to solve any problems, they want the racing gone. They did that in Tulsa, got rid of a track that had been at the fairgrounds for years and had a good following to put in a quarter horse track that is deserted except for six weeks out of the year. They got rid of the amusement park a few years later that had been there longer than the track. roller coaster was too noisy they said.
     
  5. MRM

    MRM Team Owner

    Exactly. Nashville has been trying to get rid of that track for years.
     
  6. gone

    gone Team Owner

    What helps the Bowman-Gray deal is that there is also a local college (WSSU) right there that needed a football field. Recently the City turned over ownership (and responsibility) for the stadium to WSSU so the City wouldn't have to budget for it. (People were worried that WSSU would then cancel the racing, but so far everything keeps going the way it has been.)
     
  7. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    It's amazing how cities want to do away with things like racetracks and amusement parks, more often than not to replace them with golf courses or housing developments. Or in this case, a soccer stadium.
     
  8. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion

    This is sad, a legendary short track on the ropes. However I thought Bristol was taking over the track, you would think they'd have some sway to protect the facility.
     
  9. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    The lease was awarded to Tony and Claire Formosa, family that's been running it.

    And I'm always hesitant to think SMI will be a savior. That company is a large part of why Rockingham and North Wilkesboro are growing weeds.
     
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  10. MRM

    MRM Team Owner

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  11. If I'm not mistaken, I believe the Fair board finally awarded Tony the 5 year lease he had been wanting. It had been on a year to year basis.
     

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