Take Me Out to a Sounds Game!

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A Sounds experience at First Tennessee Park. BY RYAN TILLMAN for "Summer in the City"

The Nashville Sounds celebrate their second year this season at First Tennessee Park. It offers an exceptional baseball viewing experience for a summer night near downtown. The facility, just a block away from the WWII Memorial, creates a welcoming atmosphere for the casual and committed sports fanatic. I had a blast at the Nashville Sounds game last night.

Arriving early to take in all the sights and sounds before first pitch, I made my way to the Kids Fun Zone. There, I watched children play on a bouncy house and glide down an inflatable slide with smiles on their faces. I also found a mini-golf enthusiast who showed me her skills on the nine-hole course. The mini-golf course costs $5 and is a fun way for families to occupy their time before the ballgame starts.

I successfully relived my baseball-playing days, hurling a pitch into the dummy catcher’s mitt that clocked my not-so-fast velocity. Kids are sure to love stepping up to see how fast they can throw the ball.

Then the game began.

Nashville’s sports zeal is prominent with the Sounds. Monday night’s near-capacity crowd brought much electric energy to their hometown team. Cheers and jeers rang out throughout the game, despite a losing effort.

First Tennessee Park is genuinely top-of-the-line. Considering this is minor league AAA baseball, I was amazed to see the high quality of entertainment attractions and elements that make up the experience. The guitar-shaped jumbotron represents a perfect marriage between the Music City and America’s pastime, while a sailor’s sunset behind Nashville’s skyline encapsulates the quintessential summer night on the town.

Perhaps you’re thinking, “Take me out to the ballgame!” The Sounds play host to a handful of games next week and a lot more in July and August, making it a great “Summer in the City” destination.

GETTING THERE

First Tennessee Park
19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville
615-690-4487 • nashvillesounds.com

Single Game Tickets: $12 – $35

Save Money on Kroger Plus Mondays!
For Monday games, you can get a Family 4 Pack for $44. You’ll get 4 game tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 fountain sodas. Show your Kroger Card at the Box Office to get the discount. You need to get these packs prior to game day. The offer is only available up until 24 hours before the game.  Remaining Monday home games this season are on June 26, July 3, July 31, Aug. 14, Aug. 21 and Aug. 28.

PROMOTIONS

The Nashville Sounds offer lots of fun promotions and giveaways throughout the season. Many of the promotions include ticket discounts. Giveaways include things like bobbleheads, T-shirts and other fun stuff. July 7 – 9 is Star Wars Trilogy weekend that includes lightsaber giveaways on Friday (first 1,000 fans) and character appearances on Sunday.

Get the full list of promotions HERE.

AIR GUITAR WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT

On Friday, June 30, your family can be a part of trying to break the world record for the largest air guitar concert. It will take place after the game against the Oklahoma City Dodgers.

The appropriate moves will be taught during the game, and the attempt will happen before the fireworks finale.

If you can’t come to the game, you can still participate in the world record attempt. Head to the sign-up table outside the First Tennessee Park entrance. Toward the end of the game, staff will escort you into the ballpark.

Find more info at firsttennesseepark.com.

Nashville Parent interns Ryan Tillman and Noah Day are hosts of "Summer in the City," a video capture, entertainment-focused out-and-about series for Nashville Parent Magazine. Ryan and Noah are rising seniors at Sewanee - The University of the South where they are both English majors. What video do you suggest they cover for "Summer in the City?" Email ideas to Ryan & Noah at summerinthecity@daycommedia.com.

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