Since I have been back in the States, I’ve tried to get out and see a few new stadiums. So one night not long ago, I headed out to see the Nashville Sounds play at Greer Stadium. I was actually excited to see the scoreboard but not much else. I’ve read a lot about Greer Stadium being one of the worst stadiums in the country, and it lived up to that.
Built in 1978, Herschel Greer Stadium leaves a lot to be desired. It is old and definitely shows its age. The seats are old with paint peeling, and not in the best shape. The concourse was small and unexciting. You can not see any of the action while purchasing a beverage or food either.
I went on Throwback Thursday which was fun in a way. The Sounds wear throwback v-neck jerseys that I really liked. They were a cool blue color and it definitely fit with the old stadium. They also had drink and food specials like $1 soda (very small cups) and $1 hot dogs (which weren’t worth a $1).
The stadium holds just over 10,000 people, but on the night I was there, and from what I hear many other nights, there weren’t nearly that many people there. Good seats were easy to find that night with such a small crowd.
Despite the lack of fans, it was a good time and there were a few very enthusiastic fans there as well. Part of the draw was the Sounds were playing the Memphis Cardinals and one of the most highly anticipated young prospects in baseball, Oscar Tavaras.
Tavaras showed in one at bat why he is such a highly touted young player. He hit a line drive back up the middle that from where I was sitting looked like it went through the pitcher and the second base umpire. It was simply smashed, and had it hit the pitcher he would have been seriously hurt.
I enjoyed my time, but more so for the baseball than for the stadium.
I was looking forward to seeing the iconic guitar scoreboard in left field. It was a cool looking scoreboard, but it too shows its age. There are no video boards in it, and it uses a simple low resolution color matrix board. The line score is shown in the neck of the guitar with some room in the headstock for the ball/strike/out count. In the body of the guitar is a small screen to show advertisements and other information about hitters/pitchers and such.
It’s a neat thing that I hope if they ever build a new stadium is moved along with it. It would need to be either upgraded or an additional scoreboard would need to be added to appease today’s fans. However, it fits right in with the Nashville scene and, maybe not as much as the bull in Durham, is one of the things the stadium is known for.
All in all, Greer Stadium is one of the worst stadiums I’ve seen in the US. I know there has been talk in the past of building a new stadium in downtown Nashville along the river. However, in this economy the money needed to partake in such a venture just hasn’t been there yet.
So with all of that said, here are a few photos I took before the game action started up. You can see more photos on my Flickr page.