Lawmakers Vote On Liquor By The Drink At New Ballpark

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Lawmakers Vote On Liquor By The Drink At New Ballpark

CREATED Mar 24, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - If Nashville's new baseball stadium at Sulphur Dell was open right now, vendors could not sell liquor by the drink. Now that's all changing.      

State lawmakers took up legislation allowing hard liquor at the new ball park and the proposed amphitheater on the Cumberland River. The legislation passed the House and later Monday evening the Senate passed it as well.        

Construction of the 150 million dollar Sulphur Dell Ballpark is under way and will sit in the center of what is now 4th Avenue North between Jackson Street and Harrison Street-- just  east of Bicentennial Mall.   

During the next year construction crews will turn an area of parking lots, greenway and unused land into a mix-use space of shopping, restaurants, parking garages and the new Nashville Sounds ballpark.

In December, Metro Nashville Council approved construction of the stadium, which has a 65 million dollar price tag.   

The Metro Beer Board will decide if beer can be sold, but it takes the state legislature to allow hard liquor at the ballpark.  

"The liquor laws in Tennessee are very complex and some would say very antiquated, and we've been doing this for at least the last 30 years where we've been having special carve out bills for places like LP Field, Bridgestone Arena and the Frist Center, and this is just one more in those succession of laws.," said Republican State Senator Steven Dickerson of Nashville.       

The new ballpark is scheduled to open a year from now in April 2015.