|Chronological Tour: Stop 376|
Home plate entrance to First Tennesee Park, Jul-2015.
Sunset behind the ballpark, which faces south-southeast.
The view from behind the plate includes the replacement guitar-shaped scoreboard.
The Vols ceased operations after the 1963 season and the ballpark was briefly turned into a short-track auto racing facility, as seems to be common with these old places. Eventually, it was torn down and nothing replaced it for a long while. But in 2013, the Nashville Sounds, who had been playing south of here at Greer Stadium since 1978, announced plans to move back to Sulphur Dell. The park opened in 2015, with First Tennessee Bank holding the naming rights.
In May 2015, the Nashville city council agreed to honor native son Junior Gilliam, who played for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, by renaming the two blocks of Jackson Street behind home plate. The park, originally listed at 401 Jackson Street, now has the address 19 Junior Gilliam Drive (Gilliam wore No. 19 with the Dodgers).
One can park at capitol lots and take shuttles to the park, or one can park at metered spaces in the capitol district and walk over. Meters do not operate after 6 pm weekdays or at all on Sundays.
Also be careful that you don't get a seat in one of the back rows of the upper deck: it will not be possible to see the scoreboard from these seats. They are not discounted as obstructed view seats, either.
At least the scoreboard works. The new guitar-shaped board that replaced the one at Greer has full video capabilities in the belly of the guitar. The line score continues to appear in the neck, while the area of the tuning knobs is reserved strictly for advertising. The main video area displays the lineup of the team at bat as well as the defensive alignment of the team in the field.
Sadly, this is the only place you'll find the lineup. For the game I attended, the visitors' lineup was announced 34 minutes before game time and not posted anywhere until it appeared on the video board in the top of the first. Rosters, but not lineups, are available at the customer service desk, to the first-base side of home plate.
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