$275M Tennessee MLS Stadium Involved in Crippling Lawsuit

Construction on the $275 million dollar Tennessee MLS stadium has halted, as allegations of unfair bidding put the project on hold for now.

Construction of the $275 million Nashville FC soccer stadium had been progressing when a court overturned a prior decision. A lower court had ruled that a group called Save Our Fairgrounds did not have proper standing to file a lawsuit that would stop the construction from going forward.

Tennessee Stadium on hold

Save Our Fairgrounds is alleging that the Metropolitan Government of Davidson County & Nashville violated procurement regulations. Some suspect that the situation began when a Trammell Crow employee told a Mortensen employee of the wrongdoing and rumors began to spread.

Among the allegations are claims that Metro’s procurement department selected personnel from Nashville Soccer Holdings (NSH) to fill positions in three committees. These employees were chosen from the investors who own the new franchise. The lawsuit claims that several advisers were also employed for the design and construction of the stadium from NSH.

Save Our Fairgrounds is demanding that the court stop NSH from hiring its own people and be impartial in its hiring practices. Members of the investment group are alleged to have prior relationships with the contractors hired.

With the impending lawsuit hanging over the Tennessee project, investors now believe it may be in jeopardy.

Lawsuit Specifics

Save our Fairgrounds is hoping that the court will officially declare:

  • The Metro Sports Authority failed to follow the law in appointing members of the evaluation committee
  • The MSA did not follow laws in approving contract recommendations

The stadium design contract was awarded to Populous. The infrastructure design contract was awarded to Kimley-Horn & Assoc. The construction management contract was awarded to Messer Construction and M.A. Mortenson, a joint venture.

Demolition Halted

The Save Our Fairgrounds group is also asking for a review of the demolition contract issued to Terracon. At the moment, the older buildings remain on the site, but most businesses have relocated including the Nashville Flea Market.

Construction on the Tennessee stadium was supposed to begin in June of 2020, but now the revenue bonds that would pay for everything cannot be issued.

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