Public invited to grand opening of Nashville ballpark

Friday, April 17, 2015, Vol. 39, No. 16

NASHVILLE (AP) — The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday to celebrate the grand opening of First Tennessee Park, the new home of the Nashville Sounds.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will join Sounds Owner Frank Ward at the ceremony, which will usher in a new era of minor league baseball in Music City.

Actor Chip Esten, who plays Deacon Claybourne on ABC's TV drama "Nashville," will provide the musical entertainment.

The event, which will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the ceremonial entrance at Jackson Street, is free and open to the public.

Afterward, the Sounds will play their inaugural game again Colorado Springs. Tickets to the game are sold out.