Titans great Eddie George joins effort to bring Major League Baseball to Nashville
Music City Baseball is adding a football element to its effort to bring Major League Baseball to Nashville.
That means George, a Nashville resident, will help oversee the development of a multi-faceted entertainment complex, which would serve as the home of the future Nashville Stars baseball team, according to Music City Baseball Managing Director John Loar.
"The vision is pretty great, the standard they have set is high," George said. "Outside of the ballpark there is an entertainment district they want to implement with retail, residential and other business opportunities. We're exploring a lot and have put a lot on the table in terms of different amenities and so forth. This is meant to be a project where people can come to 365; on baseball days and non-baseball days."
George, who has a degree in landscape architecture and urban design from Ohio State and is founder of Nashville-based EDGE Landscape Architecture, realizes there are steep challenges the group faces, but said he is committed to do all he can to make the project a success.
"There are definitely some hurdles we've got to cross and things we've got to knock down to bring this all together," George said. "That includes getting the (Major League Baseball) rights, finding the right property and the right site and also getting the right people on board. And I'm really excited to be a part of all that."
After helping the group secure a property, George, who grew up a Philadelphia Phillies fan, will collaborate with Nashville architect Moody Nolan's firm to plan the interactive space.
“Our drive to bring MLB to our city also combines two of the things I love most: sports and landscape architecture," George said. "It’s a pleasure to be able to collaborate with Moody Nolan, all-stars in (their) own right, and nationally admired for their engaging conceptual plans and designs.”
Along with Music City Center, Nolan's most notable projects have included Wintrust Arena in Chicago and an expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.
“Eddie’s magnetic leadership and creativity coupled with Moody Nolan’s groundbreaking work in planning and design will assure that we bring forth a sports and entertainment complex that is nationally prominent and uniquely Nashville,” Loar said. “Eddie is loved by everybody in Tennessee and that's really part of why we went after him. He has a great level of respect across the state and he's not only a sports icon, but a business leader in the community."
Loar said George also fits well with the diversity model the Nashville Stars are building with their board of directors and commitment to honor Negro League Baseball.
Ten-time Grammy award winner Justin Timberlake joined the board of directors on Sept. 4.
Other board members or advisors include three-time World Series champion Dave Stewart, Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa, longtime baseball executive Dave Dombrowski, Vanderbilt baseball coach Tim Corbin, Bill Frist and country music stars Kix Brooks, Eric Church, Kane Brown and Larry Gatlin.
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