It was brought to my attention by several people that I left First Tennessee Park, the Nashville Sounds’ new stadium that is currently under construction, off my Top 5 Ballparks to Visit in 2015 list.

My apologies. I thought making a trip to the new stadium in its first year was a given. Heck, I drive by the property every few weeks just to check on its progress.

Too make up for its exclusion from my last list, here is one all to itself.

The Top 5 Features of First Tennessee Park:

1. Digital Guitar Scoreboard

The Sounds’ iconic guitar-shaped scoreboard remains a fixture in the outfield, only now it’s brought to the 21st century.

2. Field-Level Suites

An upgrade from Greer Stadium’s party porches for sure, First Tennessee Park gives the option for a luxury experience with rentable party suites behind home plate. You’ll be right on the action while still in an air-conditioned environment.

3. The Food

It won’t be the typical dinning experience you got used to at Greer. The Sounds have teamed up with local restaurants, such as Pepperfire Hot Chicken to give the concessions a distinct Nashville feel.

4. Walking Distance to Broadway

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Located only a mile from Tootsies Orchid Lounge on Broadway, you can enjoy nine innings of baseball followed by a few hours of honky honking and not break a sweat.

5. The Players

The Sounds made the switch in the offseason and are now the minor league affiliates for the Oakland Athletics. That’s right, the Oakland Athletics of Moneyball fame. Turns out Moneyball leads to quality play in Triple-A as over the last 15 season the A’s affiliate has a winning percentage of .587, 14 winning seasons, six conference championships, four Pacific Coast League Championships, and two Triple-A National Championships.

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