Herschel Greer Stadium has been a beloved fixture in Nashville since 1978. The stadium was built to house Music City's minor league baseball team, the Nashville Sounds. While the stadium is chock-full of history, many know it by its iconic guitar scoreboard. In its prime, Greer was the site of three minor league all star games, eight no-hit games (including one perfect game) and a 24-inning game, tying the record for longest game in PCL history.
The construction of Greer Stadium was championed by Larry Schmittou, who negotiated a lease on the land of the former Fort Negley, a civil war fortification. Even from the beginning of Greer’s construction, it was a symbol of the community coming together. Prominent figures throughout Nashville rallied to help pay for construction of the park, including local businessman and baseball enthusiast Herschel Lynn Greer, for whom the stadium was named. Later, when the park struggled to keep up with its building schedule, leading to workers leaving before the sod was delivered, local volunteers again came together for a “sod party” to lay the ground for the stadium.
Greer Stadium opened on April 25, 1978 and ready for the Sounds’ first home game against the Savannah Braves the following day. Despite many of the finishing touches to the stadium being completed just hours before the game, it was a huge success. The Sounds opened with a sold out crowd of more than 8000 fans, and a 12-4 victory.
Greer continued to grow and develop to meet the increasing demands of fans and the Nashville Sounds. Seating was added, facilities were improved and Schmittou hoped that someday his work would attract a major league team to Nashville. During this time, Greer also temporarily housed several other teams including Nashville Xpress and the Charlotte Knights.
However, when the Sounds became a triple A team, they began to outgrow the stadium and in 2015, the Sounds moved from Greer Stadium to First Tennessee Park where their games are currently housed.
While Greer has now been more or less abandoned since the end of the 2014 season, Nashville has not forgotten this cultural staple. Plans are being discussed to revitalize the area while maintaining its community core. Here at Project 615, we love celebrating what is important to Nashville. Greer Stadium has been a symbol of a united Music City since its beginnings and for us, it still is.