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Sounds say goodbye to Greer Stadium

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Wednesday night marked the end of a sports era in Nashville.

After 37 years, the Nashville Sounds took the field at Greer Stadium for the last time, and baseball fans filled the stands for the "Last Cheer at Greer."

Throughout his life, Rusty Omer could always count on one thing: watching the Sounds at Greer Stadium.

"It's kind of bittersweet," Omer said. "I've been coming here since I was a little kid. I love to watch the Sounds play."

After years of planning and proposals, the team will move across town to the new First Tennessee Park.

"The stadium's physical capacity has worn away and it's clear we need to do something," Mayor Karl Dean said.

Officials said First Tennessee Park should be open by next season at Sulphur Dell.

Omer said he'll follow the Sounds, and he hopes Greer's magic does too.

"I'll really miss coming here," he said.

For the last 37 years, Dave and Libby Heflin have come to escape under the lights at Greer Stadium.

A lot of good memories here," Dave Heflin said. "I proposed to my wife here and made a lot of friends up here with the crew and made a lot of friends with the players."

Libby Heflin has watched more than the Sounds run the bases. Her nieces touched the plates as well.

Metro Parks and Recreation technically controls the property known as Greer Stadium. Director Tommy Lynch said nothing will be done to the ball park until the Sounds move into First Tennessee Park.

If there's no definite plan in place, Lynch said they could temporarily use the land for "sandlot baseball."

"We've had a lot of people laying claim," Lynch said. "But it'll be a public process."

Lynch said he's received several inquiries for the property - proposals ranging from soccer fields to a historical reenactment site.

Fans like Omer say they can't imagine Greer without the bases. But one thing's for sure: Metro Parks won't sell out.

"We've had an open space plan and we're not supposed to have a net loss of park property," said Lynch, who discussed another possible public-private partnership in the future.

Lynch also said it could take up to two years to seal a deal.

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