NASHVILLE, Tenn. - After calling Greer Stadium home for the last 37 years, the Nashville Sounds played their last regular season home game at the stadium on Wednesday.
Fans packed the stadium Wednesday night for the “Last Cheer At Greer” as the team fell to the Sacramento River Cats.
The first 3,000 fans to arrive received a commemorative, color-changing cup to honor the end of the Greer era.
Greer Stadium was named for Herschel Greer, the man who worked hard to keep a minor league baseball team in Nashville, where it has been since 1978. More than 2,500 games have been played there to date.
The evening was no doubt bittersweet for players and fans alike, as the city bids farewell to the iconic ballpark.
“Anytime you close down a stadium, it gets sentimental, whether it’s Yankee Stadium or Greer Stadium. It’s something about closing down something that has brought memories to families and that’s what we’re all about is wholesome, family entertainment,” said Brad Tammen, the Sounds General Manager.
In its nearly 40-year history, the famous guitar has lit up for thousands of games as the stadium itself has undergone multiple renovations. It currently holds more than 10,000 fans.
If the team does not make the playoffs, Wednesday night’s game was the final time the team plays at Greer.
First Tennessee Park is currently under construction on the historic Sulphur Dell site in the Germantown area. The new $37-million ball park -- with an even larger guitar scoreboard -- is expected to be finished in time for the 2015 season.