What They're Saying: Jason Bergeron

“Soccer was always ‘Yes, yes, what can we give, what can we do?' And SMI [Speedway Motorsports] has had the complete opposite reaction. And now they seem to be actively trying to set their footprint outside the racetrack again. They seem to be trying to grab that Parcel 8c, even though that parcel is vital to all the community benefits that soccer agreed to. You put all those pieces together, this has been a year and a half, two years that SMI has been out there, but they have no plan or proposal. They have this picture they want to do that they don’t want to pay for and don’t want to answer to anyone on it. And we’ve got to get soccer done.”

-- Jason Bergeron, a commissioner on Fair Board, which oversees Fairgrounds Nashville, the site of the proposed MLS stadium that Nashville SC wants to build but is being held up as new Nashville mayor John Cooper and Nashville SC remain at odds over the project originally approved in 2017. Cooper supports Speedway Motorsports’ $60 million plan to renovate the track in order to bring NASCAR racing back to Nashville. To do that, Cooper wants Nashville SC's owners to remove Parcel 8c, one of three parcels of land on which they plan on building a mixed-use development. The problem: They have agreed to build a portion of the housing units as affordable and workforce units as part of the community benefits agreement they reached with Stand Up Nashville. (The Athletic)
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