Six companies — primarily design or sports consulting firms with histories of stadium master planning — have delivered bids to Metro government to conduct a study on the feasibility of a new Nashville Sounds minor league ballpark.
Mike Spore, contract specialist for Metro Purchasing, said a firm could be hired within two weeks. Metro had issued a request for proposals for the project several weeks ago.
Spore said he could not reveal the desired compensation asked by each company, adding that information would be available after the evaluation process.
The chosen organization will conduct a study that asks whether a new ballpark is needed to replace Greer Stadium. From there, the organization is to review potential locations and recommend the best spot.
Sites bandied around, among others, include the 11-acre former thermal plant site, the area northeast of the state capitol building where Nashville’s old Sulphur Dell Stadium once sat, and the East Bank of Cumberland River.
Mayor Karl Dean has said he wants to conduct the feasibility study before deciding whether to move forward on a stadium proposal.
The companies, with descriptions from respective websites, include the following:
• Populous — a company formerly known as HOK Sport with a Nashville office that describes itself as a global design practice that has worked on master planning and design consulting for a number of sports facilities.
• Brailsford & Dunlavey — a Washington D.C.-based entity that calls itself a program management firm with facility planning capabilities that has worked on a number of arenas and stadiums.
• Convergence Design — a Kansas City-based firm that has worked on stadiums and says its desire is to improve the “built environment through excellent architecture, great design and sound planning.”
• Conventions, Sports & Leisure International — a Plano, Texas-based advisory and planning firm specializing in providing consulting services to the convention, sport, entertainment and visitor industries.
• C.H. Johnson Consulting, Inc. — a Chicago-based real estate and hospitality consulting firm that has worked on conference centers, arenas, stadiums, hotels, development districts and fairgrounds.
• Market & Feasibility Advisors, LLC — a Chicago-based company that offers data, comprehensive analysis and sustainable strategies for public, private and non-profit clients.