MLS expansion race: Nashville judge throws out Fairgrounds lawsuit -- for now

A suit filed against Metro Nashville, which plans on building a soccer stadium at its Fairgrounds if it gets an MLS team, was thrown out by Davidson County Chancery Court judge Ellen Hobbs Lyle.

The ruling doesn't prevent future litigation but is an important victory for Nashville, which is one of four finalists for two MLS expansion teams the league is expected to announce any day.

Save Our Fairgrounds argued that the plans for a soccer stadium would negatively impact existing Fairgrounds activities, including the annual state fair, auto racing and flea markets, and they were protected by Metro charter.

Judge Lyle ruled nothing prevented other activities, like a soccer stadium, at the Fairgrounds, and in any event now wasn't the time to hear a lawsuit since the plans for the stadium aren't yet final.

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