09/21/17 Sports Authority Meeting

09/21/17 Sports Authority Meeting


>>THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR COMING TODAY. WE’D LIKE TO GO AHEAD AND GET STARTED. TODAY IS SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2017 AND AS ALWAYS THE PROCESS FOR ANY ACTION OF THIS BOARD CAN BE FOUND AT THE TOP OF TODAY’S AGENDA. WE’LL START OFF WITH CONSIDERATION OF THE MINUTES FROM OUR JOINT MEETING FROM AUGUST 17TH WITH THE FAIR BOARD. WE HAVE A MOTION. SECOND? ALL IN FAVOR TO APPROVE THE MINUTES SAY AYE. ANY OPPOSED? MOTION CARRIES. THE MINUTES ARE APPROVED. WE ALSO HAVE CONSIDERATION AT THIS TIME FOR OUR REGULAR FULL BOARD MEETING MINUTES FROM AUGUST 17TH. IS THERE A MOTION?>>MOVE TO APPROVE.>>MOTION AND SECOND. THANK YOU DUDLEY. ALL IN FAVOR TO APPROVE THE MINUTES SAY AYE AND THOSE MINUTES ARE ALSO APPROVED AND NOW WE WILL HEAR FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MONICA FOR HER REPORT.>>GOOD MORNING. THANKS FOR BEING HERE. WE HAVE SEVERAL BOARD MEMBERS WHO ARE TRAVELING AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AND VARIOUS THING BUT WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE AND APPRECIATE ALL OF YOU BEING HERE AS WELL. YOU HAVE THE AGENDA BEFORE YOU FOLLOWING MY REPORT THE PREDATOR’S REALLOCATION OF GUARANTEED OBLIGATIONS, WE’LL ALSO ENTERTAIN FACILITY QUESTIONS AND RECEIVE THE NASHVILLE SOUND FOR THE PARK REPORT. IT’S A BRIEF AGENDA. ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS? >>I’D LIKE TO THANK THE SOUNDS FOR HOSTING US THIS MORNING AND IT’S APPROPRIATE CONSIDERING OUR RECENT EVENTS IN THE TIME IN THE BALLPARK LATELY. AUGUST WAS A GREAT MONTH. ON THE 21ST WE HOST AND SOLAR ECLIPSE WITH THE SOUND AND THE MAYOR’S OFFICE THE ADVENTURE SCIENCE CENTER AND I’M SURE THAT DOUG WILL SHARE MORE ABOUT THAT. IT WAS A GREAT EVENT AND I’D LIKE TO THANK OUR SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR. QUINTON WHO DID A LOT OF HARD WORK ON THE EVENT ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE TEAM. AND IT WAS A GREAT EVENT AND THEN ABOUT A WEEK LATER ON THE 29TH, WE RETURNED TO THE BALLPARK AND WITH THE SOUNDS HOSTED RIBBON CUTTING FOR THE SOMETHING YOU HEARD US TALK ABOUT FOR A WHILE. MAYOR BARRY SPOKE AND KIM INTRODUCED HER AND WE HAD A FEW COUNCIL MEMBERS 24578 CAME. THE LEADER OF THE METRO HEALTH DEPARTMENT ATTENDED AND WE HAD MOMS AND BABIES AND THEY CAME AND THEY’RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS PROJECT AND ONE MOM WHO ASKED IF SHE COULD USE IT’S A SOON AS THE CEREMONY WAS OVER SO IT WAS A REALLY GOOD EVENING.>>REMIND EVERYONE ABOUT THE PROJECT AND WHERE THEY’RE LOCATED?>>YES. SO – >>FOR FOLKS THAT MIGHT NOT KNOW?>>THE MAMAS ARE NURSING PODS DESIGNED FOR BREAST-FEEDING AND NURSING WOMEN. THEY’RE MOBILE AND PRIVATE AND IT WAS SOMETHING THAT WE WERE FUNDED THROUGH THE MAYOR’S PUBLIC INVESTMENT PLAN SO THERE ARE TWO MAMA PODS ONE LOCATED HERE ON THE CONCOURSE AND THEN THE OTHER ONE IS AT NISSAN STADIUM ON SEPTEMBER 10TH WE OPENED ONE AT THE STADIUM AND WE’RE EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO GET THAT DONE IN TIME FOR THE TIMED SEASON OPENER AND ALSO VERY EXCITED TO HEAR THROUGH THE STAFF REPORTS THAT THEY WERE USED MULTIPLE TIMES DURING THE GAMES AGAINST THE RAIDERS SO WE’RE EXCITED. IT’S DOING WHAT WE INTENDED AND WE’RE APPRECIATIVE OF ALL OF OR PARTNERS INVOLVED AND MY STAFF AGAIN WAS FANTASTIC DURING THAT PROCESS. THE SOUNDS AND THE TITANS AND THE METRO HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND THE MAYOR’S OFFICE AND THE NASHVILLE BREAST-FEEDING COALITION AND OUR PARTNERS. IF YOU HAVEN’T HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THEM I WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO DO IT ON YOUR WAY OUT. THEY’RE OPEN AND I THINK YOU’LL FIND THEM INTERESTING. IT’S A GREAT PROJECT. LAST, BUT DEFINITELY NOT LEAST I WANT TO TALK FOR A COUPLE OF MINUTES ABOUT SOCCER. AS WE KNOW NASHVILLE IS CONTENDING FOR ONE OF TWO SPOTS IN MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER’S LAST ROUND OF EXPANSION AND IN APPROVED STADIUM PLAN IS REALLY THE LAST PIECE OF THE FINAL HURDLE. AND SO THIS IS OUR OPPORTUNITY THE MLS OWNERSHIP GROUP AND METRO CONTINUE TO WORK THROUGH THE DETAIL OF THE DEAL. PRIVATE PUBLIC PARTNERSHIP THAT WILL BRING SOME SIGNIFICANT PRIVATE SECTOR INVESTMENTS INTO THE FAIR GROUNDS SO WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT THE LOCATION AND ABOUT THE PROJECT BUT IT’S GOING TO REQUIRE APPROVALS FROM SPORTS AUTHORITY, FROM THE METRO COUNCIL AND ALSO FROM THE FAIR BOARD. DATES HAVE NOT BEEN FINALIZED BUT IT WILL ALSO REQUIRE MULTIPLE MEETINGS FOR IT LOOKS LIKE IN OCTOBER. WE EXPECT, I TO SEE EXCITEMENT. WE EXPECT THE NEXT MEET WILLING BE ANOTHER JOINT INFORMATIONAL MEETING WITH THE FAIR BOARD LIKE WE DID IN AUGUST. IF YOU HAVEN’T HEARD FROM ME YET ABOUT YOUR SCHEDULE ON AVAILABILITY FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER, DON’T WORRY, YOU WILL VERY SOON AND I’M GOING TO ASK YOU BE AS FLEXIBLE AS YOU CAN AS WE WORK THROUGH THIS. THIS IS A REALLY IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITY FOR THE CITY AND YOUR INPUT IS CRITICAL TO THAT SO I KNOW YOUR SCHEDULES ARE FULL AND BUSY BUT TO THE DEGREE YOU CAN MAKE YOURSELF AVAILABLE DURING OCTOBER AS WE WORK THROUGH THIS WE REALLY NEED YOUR HELP. I THINK THAT’S IT. ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS? >>IS THERE AN ORDER ON THE APPROVALS SPORTS AUTHORITY OR FAIR BOARD OR METRO COUNCIL OR OPPOSITE? IS THERE AN ORDER?>>AT THIS POINT IT LOOKS LIKE THERE WILL BE AN INFORMATIONAL SECTION WITH THE COUNCIL AND THEN THE FAIR BOARD WILL HEAR IT AND SECOND TUESDAYS SO ON OCTOBER TENTH AND THEN IT WILL COME TO US AT SOME POINT AFTER THAT AND THEN IT’LL GO TO THE COUNCIL. ULTIMATELY PROBABLY THE END OF OCT OCTOBER, NOVEMBER.>>ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?>>THAT CONCLUDES MY REPORT.>>THANK YOU MONICA. WE APPRECIATE THAT AND THAT BRINGS US TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE PREDATOR’S REALLOCATION GUARANTEED OBLIGATIONS AND I BELIEVE YOU WERE STARTING THAT ONE OFF AS WELL.>>MARGARET AND MICHELE IS HERE. SO THEY MAY PIPE IN AS WELL BUT YES, THERE ARE COUPLE OF THINGS HERE. THE FIRST ARE TWO PIECES. FIRST IS UPDATE AND THE SECOND IS A REQUEST. BACK IN JANUARY OF 2016 SOME OF YOU WERE HERE AND THIS MAY RING A BELL. SOME OF YOU WERE NOT ON THE BOARD SO THIS IS BRAND NEW BUT THERE’S TWO EXISTING OWNERS THAT TRANSFERRED SOME OF THE UNIT INTO A GROUP OF INVESTORS AT THE SPORTS AUTHORITY APPROVED AS SUBSTITUTE GUARANTEE R’S SO THE CLOSING OF THE TRANSFER WAS DELAYED AND SO NOW, IT’S FINALLY BACK ON TRACK AND THEY’RE EXPECTING TO IT CLOSE IN THE NEXT TWO TO THREE WEEKS SO THAT’S KIND OF THE UPDATE AND OUTSTANDING PIECE, PART OF AN OVERALL TRANSACTION BUT THEN SECONDLY THE PREDATORS ARE REQUESTING THAT THE AUTHORITY APPROVE SOME REALLOCATIONS OF GUARANTEED OBLIGATIONS SO THIS WAS THE RESULT OF ONE, SOME UNITS THAT WERE TRANSFERRED BETWEEN TWO EXISTING OWNERS AND THEN ALSO THERE WAS SOME MINIMAL CHANGES THAT I THINK KIND OF STEMMED FROM THE PRO RATA OWNERSHIPS SO THE SPORTS AUTHORITY NEEDS TO APPROVE THOSE AS WELL. AM I MISSING ANYTHING? MICHELE?>>OFFICIAL ONE THAT’S THE ESSENCE OF WHAT WE’RE DOING.>>OKAY.>>ALRIGHT. SO THAT’S WHAT IS BEFORE YOU AND WHAT YOU’RE BEING ASKED TO APPROVE. IF THERE ARE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS OR DETAILS, THEY CAN ANSWER THOSE.>>ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS? IF NOT, I BELIEVE WE WOULD ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO APPROVE THE REALLOCATION?>>MOVE FOR APPROVAL.>>WE HAVE A MOTIONS. THERE A SECOND.>>SECOND.>>MOTION AND PROPERLY SECONDED. ALL IN FAVOR? AYE. ANY APPOSED?>>I’M GOING TO ABSTAIN.>>OKAY. PLEASE NOTE THAT DUDLEY HAS REQUESTED TO ABSTAIN ON THIS MATTER AND WE HAVE A MOTION AND SECOND. ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION? ALL IN FAVOR, AYE AND I BELIEVE WE HAVE THOSE. OKAY. YES. OKAY. IF NOT WE’LL VOTE AGAIN. THANK YOU AND MOTION CARRIES AND NEXT UP WE HAVE OUR FACILITY QUESTIONS. AS USUAL, WE HAVE IN OUR PACKET FACILITY REPORTS TODAY FROM THE TITANS AND ALSO THE NATIONAL PREDATORS. SINCE WE’RE NOT AT THEIR VENUE TODAY, ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS IN THOSE REPORTS? EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW. GREAT. SEEING NO QUESTIONS, AT THIS TIME WE’LL MOVE ON TO THE SOUNDS SEA PARK REPORT.>>GOOD MORNING. THIS IS NOT ON. HOLD ON. CHECK ONE, TWO? CHECK? MA MAYBE.>>THIS MIC IS CLEARLY WORKING WELL IF YOU WANT TO.>>YEAH, WE CHECKED THESE THIS MORNING. WELL, I CAN SPEAK LOUD ENOUGH AND YOU CAN PROBABLY HEAR US. SORRY. GOOD MORNING. VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS FOR THE SOUNDS. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE IT’S APPROPRIATE TIME FOR US TO HOST BECAUSE WE FINISHED OUR SEASON AND THE MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SEASON WRAPPED UP YESTERDAY. WE’LL GET INTO THE FUN STUFF WE DID THIS YEAR AND WHAT WE HAVE PLANNED FOR 2018 BUT I WANT TO START OUT AS MONICA MENTIONED ONE OF THE BIG EVENTS ABOUT A MONTHS AGO WAS THE SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING HERE AND WE OBVIOUSLY DIDN’T DO THAT BY OURSELVES. CLINTON REALLY MASTER MINDED THAT AND I’LL BRING HIM UP HERE. HE’S HERE. WE’RE GOING TO SHOW A QUICK VIDEO THAT RECAPS THAT BECAUSE WE’RE GOING TO TALK MORE IN DETAIL. QUINTON? MAY JUST WANT TO KILL IT. OKAY. AND THEN WE’RE GOING TO GET INTO MORE DETAIL AND WE’LL HAVE FROM THE SOUNDS. OUR GENERAL MANAGER WILL SPEAK ABOUT THE SEASON AND OUR MANAGER OF COMMUNITY RELATIONS WILL GIVE AN UPDATE ON WHAT WE’RE DOING IN THE COMMUNITY AND I’LL TALK ABOUT SOME EVENTS. LET’S START WITH THIS VIDEO. [MUSIC] >>SO THAT WAS HOPEFULLY ALL OF YOU FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF GOING DARK AT 1:30 IN THE AFTERNOON WAS AMAZING AND WE’RE HAPPY TO BE PART OF THAT. YOU WANT TO GIVE MORE DETAIL AND INTRODUCE OUR GUESTS? I’VE BEEN FOLLOWING DOUG A LOT RECENTLY. SO MORNING BOARD. QUINTON. SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR WITH THE METRO SPORTS AUTHORITY. I WANT TO GIVE AN OVERVIEW OF OUR AMAZING ECLIPSE EVENT THAT WE HAD. TODAY WE HAVE A COUPLE OF SPECIAL GUESTS. WE DO HAVE JANET IVEY OF JANET’S PLANET AND PLEASE STAND. WE ALSO DO HAVE ELECTION, ALEXIS MCCOY. SO I WANT TO START WITH THEM. THOSE TWO ORGANIZATIONS HELP ME OUT IMMENSELY WITH THIS EVENT. THEY DEFINITELY LENDED TIME AND RESOURCES AND KNOWLEDGE TO BE ABLE TO PULL THIS THING OFF SO THANK YOU BOTH FOR YOUR TIME. SO KIND OF THE COOL THING ABOUT THIS EVENT I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT WE WERE DOING BUT WE MADE IT HAPPEN. IT WAS SUCCESSFUL AND WE SOLD OVER 8,000 TICKETS AND KIND OF COOL STATISTICS IS WE SOLD TICKETS IN 32 DIFFERENT STATES AND ALSO TEN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES SO THAT’S DEFINITELY AMAZING FEAT THAT THE CITY CAME TOGETHER TO HELP ME AND THE SOUNDS AND ALL THE PARTNERS TO PULL OFF SO I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. ANY QUESTIONS? ALRIGHT. GOOD MORNING. ADAM, GENERAL MANAGER OF THE NASHVILLE SOUNDS ON BEHALF OF OUR OWNER I WANT TO WELCOME YOU TO FIRST TENNESSEE PARK AND THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE TODAY. DOUG AND I GOT BACK FROM THE NATIONAL TRIPLE-A CHAMPIONSHIP GAME AND THE SOUNDS WERE NOT IN IT BUT WE’RE HOPEFUL 2018 WE’LL MAKE IT THERE AND WIN THAT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE CITY. THAT MARKS THE 2000 SEASON AND THAT BRING AS WORDS. SINCE YOU GUYS WERE PART OF THESE ACHIEVEMENTS I WANTED TO SHARE THESE. FIRST WE’RE NUMBER 1 IN ALL THE PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER 8861 FANS. [APPLAUSE] WE INCREASED FROM 504,000 LAST YEAR TO ALMOST 600,000 THIS YEAR SO LOT OF SUPPORT FROM EVERYONE IN THE ROOM AND APPRECIATE IT AND ALL OF THAT. WE’RE CHASING CHARLOTTE AND BACK AND FORTH WITH THEM MOST OF THE YEAR FOR BEING NUMBER 1 IN ALL OF MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL WITH 160 TEAMS AND WE CAUGHT THEM WITH RAIN DELAYS DOUG HAD MENTIONED EARLIER. WE WERE GIVEN A PRESIDENTIAL ACCOMODATION AWARD AND THEY GIVE THREE OF THOSE AWAY TO THE TOP THREE FIELDS IN THE LEAGUE AND WHEN YOU’RE UP AGAINST TEAMS LIKE ALBUQUERQUE WHETHER THE WEATHER IS CONSISTENT. FIRST TIME FOR HIM TO WIN THAT AWARD BUT EXCITED FOR HIM. HE PUTS A LOT OF HARD WORK INTO THAT. THIRDLY THERE’S A LARRY MACK FAIL AWARD AND IT GOES TO BASICALLY THE ORGANIZATION WITH THE BEST FAN EXPERIENCE. IT LOOKS AT OFF-SEASON MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS AND BEST COMMUNITY RELATIONS AND BEST GAME DAY AND ON FIELD ACTIVITIES AND BEST RADIO, T.V., NEWSPAPER ADDS AND PUBLIC RELATIONSHIPS AND NOMINATED AND TO REPRESENT FOR THE LARRY AWARD SO NOW WE GO UP AGAINST THE OTHER LEAGUES AND HOPEFULLY IN THE DECEMBER WE GO BACK FOR THE NICE TROPHY AND I WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE BROUGHT THAT UP. SOME OF THE EVENTS WE WORKED WITH FROM THE MAMA EVENT TO BE ECLIPSE EVENT IS WHAT GOT US INTO WINNING THAT AWARD AND WE APPRECIATE ALL THE SUPPORT FROM THAT SIDE OF IT. ALSO A MONTHS AGO WE ANNOUNCED WE WOULD HOST SOCCER HERE AT THE BALLPARK FOR 2018 AND OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPORT OUR FRIENDS IN THE SPORTS INDUSTRY HERE AT THE BALLPARK BUT THAT’S A STAPLE WE CAN EXPECT FOR 2013. MORE THAN JUST BASEBALL BUT HERE AT TENNESSEE PARK A FUN YEAR AND A LOT OF GREAT EVENTS AND CERTAINLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT. BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND DUSTY WHITMORE LAST TIME SHE SPOKE I HAD A LOT OF HANDSHAKES AND E-MAILS AND THANK YOU CALLS FOR BRINGING HER UP AND BRINGING HER INTO ALL OF THIS. EXCITED FOR HER TO SHOW SOME OF THE THINGS WE DID IN THE COMMUNITY THIS YEAR. SOME OF THE THINGS WE’RE DOING IN THE FUTURE SO JUST COMPLETED HER FIRST YEARS DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY RELATIONS AND COMPLETELY KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE BALLPARK. EXCITED TO BRING HER UP.>>BEFORE DESTINY COMES UP COULD YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT THE SOCCER? WHEN – ABOUT FOR NEXT SEASON, WHAT’S THE TIME-LINE FOR CONVERTING THE FIELD AND HOW’S THAT WORK? WHEN WILL SOCCER BE PLAYED HERE?>>SO THEY’LL BE OPERATING FROM MARCH TO POTENTIALLY THE END OF OCTOBER DEPENDING ON PLAYOFFS BUT MINIMUM OF 15 GAMES WILL BE PLAYED HERE AND THEY’LL CONVERT THE FIELD IN BETWEEN OUR HOME STANDS AND THEY’RE HOPING TO PLAY TWO GAMES IN BETWEEN EACH OF OUR HOME STANDS THAT WILL BE A WEEK SEPARATING IT BUT THEY’LL BE BUSY. IT WILL BE QUITE A PROCESS TO TURN THE FIELD AROUND. WE HAVE TO TAKE OUT THE MOUND AND PUT GRASS OVER IN THE INFIELD. IT’S QUITE A PROCESS BUT IT WILL BE A SPECIAL TREAT FOR NASHVILLE TO GET TO SEE SOCCER AND BASEBALL ALL YEAR AROUND. SHOULD BE FUN.>>MADAM CHAIR?>>I WOULD LIKE TO SAY I’M HERE ON THE CONSISTENT BASIS DAY IN AND DAY OUT AND IT’S FIRST RATE OPERATION THAT I SEE AND ALTHOUGH THE AWARDS ARE COMMANDING AND THOMAS YOU GRAND KEEPER DOES A FANTASTIC JOB EVEN AT THE OLD STADIUM ALL THE STADIUMS I WENT TO. HIS WAS ON TOP BY FAR AND WORKING FOR MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL FROM TIME-TO-TIME I GET E-MAILS TALKING ABOUT OPENINGS IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AND I GOT ONE SEVERAL MONTHS AGO ABOUT GROUNDS KEEPER OPENING AND I THOUGHT I WOULD MENTION IT TO THOMAS BUT I SAID NO I WANT TO KEEP HIM HERE IF ANYBODY CAN GET IT DONE AND CHANGE FROM SOCCER BACK TO BASEBALL IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME AND KEEP THE FIELD LOOKING NICE THOMAS CAN DO THAT AND CONGRATULATIONS WITH ALL OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THE SPORTS AUTHORITY.>>I FORGOT THAT WAS NOTED FROM UMPIRES AND VISITING MANAGERS. NOT SOMETHING WE’RE LOBBYING FOR BUT SOMETHING I THINK A LOT OF IT GOES FROM THE GREAT RELATIONSHIP CHUCK HAS WITH UMPIRES AND MAKES THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE GREAT.>>THANK YOU.>>ALRIGHT. DUSTY? [APPLAUSE]>>GOOD MORNING. I HAVE A LOT OF BIG SHOES TO FILL. TIME COMMUNITY RELATIONS MANAGER AND THIS SEASON, THE 2017 SEASON, WE JUST WANTED TO GO INTO IT BEING AS PLUGGED INTO THE COMMUNITY AS WE COULD BE. AND SO AND THAT STARTED WITH ADAM AND WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO KIND OF EVOLVE THE WAY PLAYERS ARE PLUGGED IN AND OUR STAFF AND THE WAY THAT WE ENGAGE OUR FANS SO WE’RE REALLY PROUD OF EVERYTHING WE’VE DONE THIS SEASON. SO I’LL START WITH PLAYER COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT. WE HAVE A PARTNERSHIP WITH VANDERBILT SO WE GOT UP ON THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AT VANDERBILT ONCE A MONTH AND WE HAVE HAD 4 HOSPITAL VISITS THIS SEASON AND LAST SEASON, WE HAD A LOT OF GREAT PLAYERS WILLING TO STEP UP BUT THIS YEAR WE’VE HAD PLAYERS COME THAT DIDN’T SIGN UP. WE HAD 8 PLAYERS COME TO ONE EVENT AND BOOSTER AT EVERY HOSPITAL VISIT AND WHEN WE GO, WE GO TO THE CANCER PATIENT FLORS AND I WAS TALKING TO ALLEY WHO ALSO WORKS IN COMMUNITY RELATIONS WITH ME AND HOW IMPACT FULL WHEN WE SEE SOME OF THE SAME KIDS FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE WE DON’T SEE A LOT BECAUSE KIDS ARE IN AND OUT OF THE HOSPITAL BUT WE’VE HAD A GREAT GROUP OF GUYS THIS YEAR WHO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO HELP WAS THAT BECAUSE WE ARE JUST REGULAR PEOPLE BUT WHEN THEY SEE PLAYERS AND BOOSTER AND THEY CAN GIVE THEM A SMILE ON THEIR FACE THAT’S ALWAYS GREAT FOR US TO BE ABLE TO DO AND WE’VE ALSO TRIED TO WORK MORE WITH BASEBALL TEAMS AND KID WHO IS PLAY BASEBALL SO WE’VE DONE TWO CLINICS THIS YEAR. ONE IS ONE THAT WE’VE DONE AND DOUG CAN CORRECT ME BUT AT LEAST 20 YEARS IF NOT MORE AND WE DO THAT CLINIC WITH KID WHO IS ARE EITHER DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING AND SO THEY COME IN TO THE BALLPARK AND WE PROVIDE THEM WITH LUNCH AND THE SHIRTS AND THEN THEY GO THROUGH A BASIC SKILLS CLINIC AND THEY RANGE FROM AGE FIVE TO ABOUT 14. AND SO IT’S JUST REALLY BASIC BUT THIS YEAR IT WAS BETTER THAN EVER. WE HAD ONE OF OUR PLAYERS THAT MEMORIZED HOW TO SAY, HOW TO SIGN MY NAME IS CHRISTIANSON AND IT’S NICE TO MEET YOU WHICH IS ANOTHER JUST A GREAT EXAMPLE OF THE TYPE OF LOCKER ROOM WE’VE HAD THIS SEASON. AND WE ALSO WORKED IN CONJUNCTION WITH R.B.I. REVIVING BASEBALL IN INNER CITIES WHICH IS AML B INITIATIVE TO REALLY MAKE BASEBALL A STAPLE IN COMMUNITIES IT HAS NOT BEEN IN BEFORE SO WE DON’T HAVE A MAJOR LEAGUE TEAM IN THIS REGION AND SO MLB WAS VERY INSTRUMENT UNTIL TRYING TO CREATE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN US AND THEM AND WE HOST AND SKILLS CAMP. ACTUAL SKILLS CAMP AND SO WE HAD OUR PITCHING COACH AND OUR HITTING COACH AND SIX PLAYERS AXE ABLE TO ACTUALLY GIVE THE KIDS THAT ARE GETTING LOOKS FROM COLLEGES AND BEING ABLE TO KIND OF OWN IN ON THEIR SKILLS AND BE ABLE TO COMPETE AT A MORE COMPETITIVE LEVEL WHEN THEY TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF DAVIDSON COUNTY AND SO LIKE I SAID WE WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO IT WITHOUT THE GREAT PLAYERS AND COACHING STAFF AND DOUG BEING ABLE TO KIND OF GET EVERYBODY ON ONE ACCORD. SO STAFF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT I TALKED ABOUT THIS AT THE LAST MEETING WE HOSTED HERE. AND SO WE’VE CONTINUED TO DO THAT. I HAVE BEEN REALLY LUCKY TO HAVE A FRONT OFFICE STAFF WHO IS MORE THAN WILLING TO CHIP IN WHEN THEY CAN. AND SO I JUST PUT UP A FEW OF THESE PHOTOS FROM VARIOUS SERVICE PROJECTS SO IN THE RIGHT UPPER CORNER, WE RECENTLY DID THIS LAST WEEK. WE PREPARED A DINNER MEAL FOR SAFE HAVEN FAMILY SHELTER, AND THEN SO WE HAD A GROUP OF STAFF HELP US COOK THE MEAL AND THEN THE NEXT DAY WE TOOK THAT MEAL OVER AND SERVED IT TO THE RESIDENTS THERE AND FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT DON’T KNOW THIS ONE OF THE ONLY HOMELESS SHELTERS IN NASHVILLE WILL THAT TAKE THE ENTIRE FAMILY UNIT. MOST WILL ONLY ACCEPT WOMEN AND CHILDREN AND THE MEN ARE OFTEN SEPARATE SO WE’VE WORKED WITH THEM IN THE PAST AND THAT WAS A FAWN PROJECT WE JUST COMPLETED AND SO WE ALSO WENT ON GOOD FRIDAY TO SERVE THE EASTER MEAL AT NASHVILLE RESCUE MISSION AND THAT WAS A JOINT EFFORT BETWEEN STAFF AND PLAYERS THAT WAS A LOT OF FUN. WE HELPED SERVE THE MEAL AND HELPED JUST INTERACT WITH THE KIDS. BOOSTER CAME WAS AND THEN WE WORKED WITH NASHVILLE GOOD PROJECT WHICH IS HARD WORK IF YOU’RE NOT FAMILIAR WITH BAR DENNING BUT OUR STAFF WAS FULLY PLUGGED IN AND LIKE I SAID I COULDN’T ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE THAN THAT. TO DATE WE’VE COMMITTED OVER 1600 HOURS TO THE NASHVILLE COMMUNITY. AND WE JUST HOPE TO INCREASE THAT NUMBER AS THE HOLIDAYS APPROACH IN OUR OFF-SEASON IS HERE. SO JERSEY AUCTIONS. EVERY YEAR WE HAVE FOUR TO FIVE SPECIALITY JERZES WHICH IS A NORMAL THEME IN MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SO WE HAVE COMPLETE CONTROL TO CHOOSE WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE WHICH IS A VERY UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY SO THIS YEAR WE HALF HAD A CANCER AWARENESS JERSEY WHICH WE PARTNERS WITH AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY ON AND WE HAD A MILITARY JERSEY WE WORE EVERY SUNDAY AND THEN WE ALSO HAD A STAR WARS JERSEY AND THEN WE HAD A HONKY TONK FOR SERIES WITH ROUND ROCK SO THE WAY THE JERSEY AUCTIONS WORK WE WERE IT ONE NIGHT ONLY AND THOSE FOR ONLY ONES. WE DON’T SELL THEM AT THE STORES. DURING THE GAME FANS CAN BID ON THOSE JERZES AND THEY GET TO COME ON THE FIELD AFTER THE GAME TO MEET THE PLAYERS WHO’S JERSEY THEY WON AND GET THEIR JERSEY SIGN WHEN HAD IS A SUPER UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY SO WE WERE ABLE TO DONATE OVER 11,000 DOLLARS THIS YEAR TO FOUR DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS SO WE WORK WITH AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY HOPE LODGE AND THEY RECEIVED ALL THE PROFITS FROM THAT AND WE WORKED WITH SOLES FOR SOUL AS HOME-GROWN NONPROFIT. IN OLD HICKORY TENNESSEE AND THEY PROVIDED DISASTER RELIEF AND CLOTHING AND SHOES HERE AND BROAD. WE WORKED WITH NOTES FOR NOTES FOR HONKY TONKS SO THE ROUND ROCKS THEY WERE THE DANCE HALLS AND WE WERE THE HONKY TONKS AND THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE THE REAL MUSIC CITY BUT WE ALL KNOW. WE WORE THOSE WHEN WE PLAYED THEM. WE WERE THE HONKY TONKS AND THEY WERE THE DANCE HALLS SO WE DONATED THE PROFITS TO NOTES FOR NOTES THAT’S AN ORGANIZATION THAT WORKS WITH THE BOYS AND GIRL’S CLUB HERE AND THEY TEACH KID HOUSE TO RECORD AND TEACH THEM ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY AND THEY STARTED IN CALIFORNIA AND NASHVILLE WITH THE SECOND CITY THAT THEY KIND OF IMPLEMENTED THE PROGRAM. IT’S A SUPER UNIQUE WAY TO ENGAGE KID AND TEACH THEM SOMETHING ABOUT MUSIC AND THEN WE WORKED WITH THE LEGION FUND THAT’S A SUPPORT GROUP FOR THE FIFTH SPECIAL FORCES GROUP F 4 CAMPBELL SO WE DONATED PROCEDURES FROM OUR MILITARY JERSEY TO THEM SO THIS AWAY FOR US TO AGAIN, BE PLUGGED THE COMMUNITY IN A DIFFERENT CAPACITY TO ENGAGE FANS AND ENGAGE WITH OUR PLAYERS AND BRING THEM ON THE FIELD AND GIVE THEM A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE AND ALSO BE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING GOOD FOR OUR COMMUNITY. OUR HOMETOWN HERO PROGRAM IS SOMETHING THAT WE DO THROUGHOUT THE SEASON AND SO WE ENCOURAGE FANS TO NOMINATE SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN THAT SHOULD BE HONORED AND SO YOU’D BE SURPRISED HOW HARD A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO BE HONORED. THEY FEEL THEY TOOK THIS RESPONSIBILITY THAT SHOWS SO MUCH ABOUT THEM BUT SO WE HONOR THEM AND WE’VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO TWO HOMECOMING SURPRISES THIS YEAR. ONE ACTUALLY WAS ON MOTHER’S DAY THE MOTHER IS A DOCTOR AND A COLONEL IN THE ARMY AND CAME HOME AND GOT THERE LIKE THE DAY BEFORE MOTHER’S DAY. HER KIDS HAD NO IDEA SHE WAS HERE. THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE COMING TO THROW OUT THE FIRST PITCH IN HONOR OF THEIR MOTHER FOR FIRST DAY AND WE HID HER IN THE DOUG OUT AND SHE CAME OUT. THAT’S THE PICTURE TO THE RIGHT. I REALLY WISH WE HAD A VIDEO BECAUSE IT WAS AMAZING. THEN WE ALSO DID A HOMECOMING FOR A FATHER WHICH IS THE BOTTOM PICTURE THAT WAS SAID TO HAVE HAPPENED ON FATHER’S DAY BUT HIS DEPLOYMENT LAST AND LITTLE LONGER SO WE DID THAT DURING THE LAST HOME STAND IN AUGUST. THEN, WE JUST FIND IT VERY IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ENGAGE FANS HERE AND OUT THERE SO WE WORK HARD WITH MILITARY FAMILY MEMBERS AND MILITARY MEMBERS THEMSELVES AND CREATE A BOND WITH THEM THROUGH OUR MILITARY SUNDAYS AND HOMETOWN HERO PROGRAM. SO RECENTLY AS WE ALL KNOW, THE DEAF STRIATION THAT HURRICANE HARVEY AND IRMA CAUSED AND SO FOR US TO KIND OF PITCH IN, NO PUN INTENDED WE DECIDED TO DO A JERSEY AUCTION AND MEMORABILIA AUCTION ON-LINE. WE DID IT ON AUGUST 31ST AND WE ARE ORDERING NEW WHITE HOME JERSEYS SO WE AUCTION OFF THE AUTHENTIC JERSEYS ON-LINE AND MADE OVER $5,000 SO OUR FOUNDATION MATCHED THAT AND WE ARE DONATING $10,000 TO THE HOUSTON ASTROS HURRICANE RELIEF FUND SO WE’RE SUPER PROUD OF THAT AND JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE FANS WE HAVE. AND THEM BEING ABLE TO PITCH IN WHEN IT COUNTS AND THEN WE ALSO HAD FANS DELIVER A NONPERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS AND WATER AND CLOTHING TOO AND WE LOADED ALL THAT STUFF UP AND TOOK THAT OVER TO THE PLAYERS THAT WERE HOSTING A DRIVE. AND THEN LAST BUT NOT LEAST OUR COMMUNITY EVENTS. SO I ALWAYS SAY THAT I AM SUPER LUCKY TO HAVE A JOB IN THE PARK AND OUT OF THE PARK. SO THESE ARE JUST SOME EXAMPLES OF US BEING OUT IN THE COMMUNITY. THE BOTTOM PICTURE IS FROM OUR POP UP BASEBALL GAME SO WE WENT AND PLAYED BASEBALL IMPROMPTU WITH KIDS FROM AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL A MILE FROM HERE AND IT WAS STAFF DRIVEN. ALL OF OUR STAFF WERE THE COACHES AND THE UMPIRE AND THEN BOOSTER WAS WITH US AND WE DID THAT WITH FOURTH GRADE STUDENTS BACK IN MARCH THAT’S A SUPER FUN EXPERIENCE. SOME KIDS HAVE NEVER PLAYED BASEBALL TEACHING THEM GAME AND HOW IT GOES WAS SUPER FUN AND THEN BOOSTER, HE’S ALWAYS OUT IN THE COMMUNITY. HE COULD COME IN HERE AND DO HIS OWN THING ABOUT EVERYTHING HE DOES. BUT WE WORK IN CONJUNCTION WITH HIM A LOT TO GO AND READ AT SCHOOLS AND TO GO TO 5KS AND WALKS. ANYTHING WE CAN BE OUT AND ABOUT. AND WE DID A PAINT NIGHT FOR THE TOP RIGHT PHOTO. WE HAVE BEEN SUPER LUCKY TO HAVE GREAT PARTNERS AND GREAT SPONSORS AND ASHLEY HOME STORE IS ONE OF OUR SPONSORS AND THEY HAVE A PROGRAM CALLED HOPE TO DREAM AND I CAN TALK ABOUT IT BUT I FIGURE WHY NOT SHE YOU GU. SO HERE’S THAT. [MUSIC] >>SO THIS IS OUR SECOND DAY. LIVE EVENTS ALL YEAR LONG. KID SHOWS UP AND THEY GET HOTDOGS. IT’S REALLY A COOL EVENT. WE WE BROUGHT THEM IN AND HAD A PHOTO BOOTH AND WE HAD PIZZA AND THEN WE TOOK THEM ON A TOUR OF THE BALLPARK. ♪ WE DID GET 60 BEDS DONATED TO KIDS FROM BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB AND TONIGHT WE DID IT AGAIN. OUR SECOND YEAR IN A ROW. THIS IS ONE OF OUR FAVORITE EVENTS EVERY YEAR. GET THE KIDS EXCITED ABOUT SOMETHING SO WONDERFUL AS BED THEY CAN CLAIM AS THEIR OWN. [CHEERING] >>IT’S A GREAT NIGHT. IT ALLOWS KIDS TO REALIZE THAT THEY’RE NOT ALONE. THEY’RE NOT THE ONLY ONE IN THIS WORLD THAT’S GOING THROUGH THIS SITUATION WHERE THEY DON’T HAVE A BED OF THEIR OWN AND THEY FEEL ASHAMED OR UNWORTHY OR WHATEVER IT IS AND THEY SEE OTHER PEOPLE THAT ARE JUST LIKE THEM THAT ARE ALSO GOING THROUGH THIS AND IF THEY CAN LEAVE HERE AND BE ABLE TO GO, IT WOULD BE GREAT IF THEY WOULD GO AND SHARE WAS THERE’S, HEY I GOT A BED THROUGH ASHLEY HOME STORE. THAT’S A WIN RIGHT? IT GOES SO BEYOND THAT. [APPLAUSE]>>ALRIGHT. THAT’S ALL I HAVE. ANY QUESTIONS? >>I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT IS VERY EXCITING AND TO KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE WHEN YOU COME TO A SOUNDS GAME OR YOU GO TO A TITANS GAME OR A PREDATOR’S GAME, WHAT REALLY GOES ON BENEATH THE STADIUMS AND PEOPLE THINK YOU COME TO A GAME AND THAT’S ALL IT IS BUT PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND DOING THINGS IN COMMUNITY IS REALLY OUTSTANDING SO KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND WE’RE VERY PROUD OF YOU.>>THANK YOU. ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? >>SO I NOTICE THAT ADAM AND BOOSTER ARE NEVER IN THE SAME PICTURE TOGETHER SO? [LAUGHTER] >>ARE YOU LEFT-HANDED? BOOSTER IS LEFT-HANDED.>>THAT’S A QUESTION FOR ADAM.>>TOP SECRET.>>NO COMMENT.>>THANK YOU GUYS.>>THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]>>THAT IS TOUGH TO FOLLOW. I FEEL LIKE I DON’T NEED TO SAY MUCH HERE BUT I GOT A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THE SOUND SEASON FOR YOU. I’M THE VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS AND ADAM MENTION WED THREAD PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE IN ATTENDANCE AND FINISHED FOURTH OVERALL IN ATTENDANCE THIS YEAR. BIG ANOTHER ATTENDANCE JUMP THAN IN THE FIRST YEAR IN THE BALLPARK THAT GOES TO SHOW THE EFFORTS OF OUR STAFF IN THE ROOM AND THE FRONT OFFICE AND HOW MUCH NASHVILLE HAS EMBRACED WHAT WE DO OUT HERE. THE BALLPARK AND PROMOTIONLY. 70 HOME GAMES FOR US A YEAR. 71 THIS YEAR TO TRY TO KEEP IT ORIGINAL CONTENT AND LOT OF FUN THINGS AND KEEP PEOPLE COMING BACK AND FANS HAVE RESPONDED AND WE’RE VERY GRATEFUL FROM, FOR A LOT OF EFFORT OF A LOT OF PEOPLE. SPONSORS AND FANS AND STAFF SO WANTED TO ADD THAT ON AND WE’RE JUST GOING TO TRY TO CONTINUE TO IMPROVE THAT IN FUTURE YEARS AS NASHVILLE BECOMES BIGGER AND GREATER CITY AND ALL OF THAT. SOUNDS, COUPLE ON THE FIELD NOTES HERE. ADAM MENTIONED WE WERE AT THE TRIPLE-A CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. MEMPHIS THAT WON OUR DIVISION REPRESENTED OUR LEAGUE AND THEY DIDN’T WIN THE GAME BUT THE SOUNDS FINISHED IN SECOND PLACE BUT WE WERE LIKE 20 GAMES AND MEMPHIS HAD AN AMAZING YEAR SETTING THE HIGHEST RECORD WINNING OVER 90 GAMES THAT IS UNHEARD OF BUT WE FINISHED SECOND IN OUR DIVISION THIS YEAR. ONE OF OUR PLAYERS IS OUR LEFT FIELDER WAS NAMED TO THE ALL PAIFIC COAST LEAGUE TEAM. THAT TEAM IS NOT LIKE THE ALL-STAR GAME WHERE’S THEY NAME THREE LEFT FIELDERS THERE’S ONE PERSON THAT GETS HONORED SO ONE OF OURS WAS ONE OF THE NINE GAY GUYS WITH 32 HOME RUNS AND SECOND MOST BY SOUND IN THE HISTORY OF OUR TEAM. GOOD YEAR FOR HIM. COUPLE OF HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SEASON FOR US. WE HAD FOUR PITCHERS COMBINE IN JUNE IN OMAHA SO IN 40 YEARS ONLY HAD 7 NO HITTERS AND THAT’S RARE AND EVEN MORE WHEN YOU SEE MULTIPLE PITCHERS INCLUDING ONE GUY THAT FLOWN IN THE DAY BEFORE. MAJOR LEAGUE GUY ON REHAB ASSIGNMENT AND GOT TO BE PART OF A NO HITTER SO THAT’S PRETTY COOL TO HAVE HIM INVOLVED IN THAT. THREE OF OUR PLAYERS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR WERE NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD WINNERS. OBVIOUSLY IF THEY HAVE A GOOD WEEK THAT’S VOTED ON BY OUR LEAGUE OFFICE AND GOOD TO SEE THAT RECOGNITION. OUR ROSTER IS 25 PLAYERS. WE HAVE 64 DIFFERENT GUYS THAT PLAY FOR THE SOUNDS THIS YEAR SO DO THE MATH THERE AND THAT’S ALMOST THREE TIMES AS MANY AS YOU STARTED WITH SO DESTINY TALKED ABOUT THE PLAYERS WE GET OUT IN THE COMMUNE, HOW WE PROMOTE THEM. IT’S TOUGH FOR US TO DO THAT. UNLIKE OTHER TEAMS THEY PRETTY MUCH KNOW WHO IS GOING TO BE ON THEIR ROSTER EVERY DIBUT OUR ROSTER CHANGES ALMOST DAILY SO IT’S GREAT ESPECIALLY FOR OUR GUYS GETTING OUT IN THE COMMUNITY. MONTH-TO-MONTH EACH HOSPITAL VISIT WAS PROBABLY A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT GROUPS OF GUYS AND THEY’RE ONLY HERE FIVE MONTHS AT A TIME. A MONTH, TWO WEEKS WHATEVER BUT THEY EMBRACE BEING A SOUNDS PLAYER AND WHAT WE’RE DOING HERE AT THE BALLPARK AND THAT’S REALLY EXCITING THEY’RE PART OF THAT SENSE OF COMMUNITY AND THE WHOLE SOUNDS EXPERIENCE THAT WE PROVIDE. OF THOSE 64 PLAYERS THAT PLAY FOR US, 31 OF THEM APPEARED IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES THESE YEAR. WE’RE AFFILIATES OF THE OAKLAND A’S AND THEY DIDN’T HAVE A GREAT YEAR THIS YEAR SO MID SEASON WE STARTED WITH A LOT OF GOOD PROSPECTS FROM BASEBALL. MOST OF THE OAKLAND A’S STARTING LINE-UP IN SEPTEMBER, EVEN BACK IN AUGUST, WERE GUYS THAT PLAYED IN NASHVILLE THIS YEAR IF NOT LAST YEAR SO IT’S FUN TO WATCH OUR GUYS UP THERE DOING GOOD AND HAVING GOOD SUCCESS SO THEY HAVE A BETTER RECORD WITH THE SOUNDS PLAYERS THAN THE FIRST HALF WITH THE ORIGINAL PLAYERS SO WE HAVE A SENSE OF PRIDE WITH THAT. JUST RECAP SOME EVENTS WE DID AT THE BALLPARK IF YOU REMEMBER BACK IN MARCH WE HOSTED AND WE’VE DONE THIS I THINK THE THIRD YEAR. WE HOSTED TWO VANDERBILT BASEBALL GAMES. PLAYED AGAINST BELMONT AND LIPSCOMB AND WE’LL DO THAT AS PART OF BEING BASEBALL STEWARTS IN TOWN IN APRIL WE HOSTED PART OF THE ST. JUDE ROCK AND ROLL MARATHON AND MILE 17 RUNNERS GOT TO RUN THROUGH THE BALLPARK AND SEE THEMSELVES UP ON THE SCOREBOARD. IT’S A PRETTY COOL EXPERIENCE. WE HAD A BREW FEST IN MAY AND CELEBRITY SOFTBALL IN JUNE TYING INTO CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL. SOMETHING THE SOUNDS HAVE BEEN DOING FOR PROBABLY 30 YEARS. THEY DO FUND RAISING FOR CANCER AND WE’LL LET COUNTRY STARS COME OUT FOR THAT. WE STARTED OFF OUR PRESENTATION WITH THE SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING AND WE WERE LUCKY TO HOST IT HERE. WE HAD A SMALL PIECE OF THAT BUT QUINTON PUT IN A TON OF TIME. THE FOLKS INTRODUCED EARLIER. WE CAN’T BE THANKFUL ENOUGH FOR ALL THEY DID TO MAKE IT SUCH A COOL PROGRAM. THE MAYOR WAS HERE AND WE HAD TWO OR THREE PEOPLE FROM NASA GIVING INFORMATION ABOUT CURRENT MISSIONS GOING ON AND WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE ECLIPSE. DEMONSTRATIONS AND SCIENCE AND A COOL THING THROUGHOUT THE DAY ALL THE STUFF THAT WENT ON AS PART OF THAT AND IT YOU KNOW OBVIOUSLY A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EVENT BUT WE’RE HAPPY TO BE PART OF THAT AND AS MONICA MENTIONED THE MAMA SUITES. WE DIDN’T GET TO SEE AN IMPACT ON HOW MANY PEOPLE USED THEM BUT LIKE SHE SAID, THERE WAS EXCITEMENT NOT ONLY FROM THE BREAST-FEEDING COMMUNITY BUT OUR FANS THE FIRST COUPLE OF GAMES, WHAT IS THAT AND THEN THEY WERE USING THEM AND IT’S JUST SOMETHING THAT BETTORS OUR FAN EXPERIENCE. WE’RE ALWAYS TRYING TO DO A BETTER JOB OF THAT. MOVING FORWARD SOME EVENTS TOMORROW WE HAVE NATIONAL BEER FESTIVAL HERE AND NEXT WEEK AS YOU PROBABLY HEARD AND SEEN. KINGS OF LEON ARE DOING A CONCERT ON OUR FIELD THAT’S THE FIRST MAJOR CONCERT WE’VE DONE. ADAM SAID WE WANT TO DO MORE SO TOMORROW IS REALLY THE FIRST ONE AND WE’LL TRY TO BUILD FROM THERE. WE’RE EXCITED TO HAVING THEM IN. LOCAL NASHVILLE BAND. WE’RE ALLAH LARPGER OUTDOOR VENUE SPACE AND SMALLER THAN NISSAN STADIUM. WE’RE EXCITED TO A DIFFERENT KIND OF EVENT TO HOST HERE. NEXT MARCH I MENTIONED WE’RE DOING THE VANDERBILT GAMES AND ADAM MENTIONED SOCCER SO LITTLE MORE CLARIFICATION ON THAT. OBVIOUSLY NASHVILLE IS IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING MLS FRANCHISE. WHAT THEY HAVE IS A U.S.L WHICH IS THE TOP LEVEL OF WHAT THEY CONSIDER MINOR LEAGUE SOCCER SO WE’LL HOST THEM HERE. THEIR GAME WILL START LIKE HE SAID MID MARCH THROUGH SOME TIME IN OCTOBER. WE WON’T KNOW THEIR SCHEDULE UNTIL LATER THIS FALL. OCTOBER, NOVEMBER OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT SO WE’LL WORK WITH THEM AND PROMOTING IT. WE’LL HOST ALL THE EVENTS OUR STAFF WILL RUN MOST OF THOSE. THEY HAVE SOCCER SPECIFIC THINGS BUT PEOPLE THAT COME OUT FOR THOSE. ANY EVENT WE HOST IN THE BALLPARK YOU GET THE SAME FAN EXPERIENCE. WE’LL HAVE OUR TICKET TAKERS AT THE DOOR. OUR SECURITY STAFF AND THE GREAT FUN EXPERIENCE YOU GET AT A SOUNDS GAME YOU STILL HAVE ALL THE SAME PEOPLE OUT HERE WELCOMING YOU MAKING YOU FEEL YOU’RE PART OF THE BALLPARK AND THE DIFFERENT EVENTS AND NEXT YEAR SO BETWEEN THAT’S A LOT OF EVENTS WE HAVE COMING UP NEXT SUMMER BUT WE HAVE A STAFF THAT’S EXCITED TO JUST BE CREATIVE AND ADAM TRYING TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX. WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO WITH THIS WONDERFUL FACILITY WHILE NOT TRYING TO KILL EACH OTHER BUT IT’S A PLACE PEOPLE LIKE TO BE. WE FEEL LIKE WE DO A GREAT JOB EXECUTING EVENTS SO WE’RE TRYING TO ADD MORE AND MORE TO THAT. WE’LL KNOW A LOT MORE WHEN WE DO OUR PRESENTATION IN THE SPRING ON WHAT’S ON TAP FOR 2018 SEASON. WE’RE GETTING INTO THE BRAINSTORM PROCESS THINKING THROUGH PROMOTIONS AND WHAT UPGRADES WE WANT TO DO HERE AND WHAT FROM OUR OPERATIONS TEAM WE HAVE JERAMI HERE. WE TRY TO KEEP THIS PLACE LOOKING LIKE IT DID WHEN IT OPENED AND HIS STAFF HAS A LOT OF WORK TO DO BUT WE’LL DO STAFF RETREATS AND GO TO SEMINARS AND GET IDEAS FROM OTHER TEAMS SO WE’RE EXCITED TO BUILD ON WHAT WE’VE DONE AND MAKE 2018 EVEN MORE SUCCESSFUL.>>THANK YOU DOUG. THAT’S A GREAT PRESENTATION. ARE THERE QUESTIONS? >>IS THE SOCCER TEAM NEW OR A TEAM THAT’S MOVING HERE FROM ANOTHER VENUE?>>IT CURRENTLY EXISTS CALLED NASHVILLE S C AND THEY, ADAM DO YOU KNOW WHAT LEVEL THEY ARE? U 23. THEY CURRENTLY PLAY OVER AT VANDERBILT BUT TO MOVE UP TO THE LEVEL BELOW MLS THEY HAVE TO HAVE, I THINK THEY’RE ON ARTIFICIAL TURF OVER THERE BUT THEY NEEDED A MORE PERMANENT VENUE WITH GRASS WHICH WE CAN PROVIDE HERE. THEY’RE MOVING UP, THAT TEAM HAS BEEN AROUND IN DIFFERENT, PLACES BUT THEY’RE STEPPING UP TO A NEW LEVEL WITH THE ULTIMATE HOPE OF GETTING TO THE MLS TO THIS IS AN EXAMPLE. YOU HAVE HEARD THEY HOST AND COUPLE EVENTS IN NISSAN STADIUM. SOCCER VENTS SO YOU CAN SEE THERE’S AN APPETITE SO THIS IS THEM TAKING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL AND SHOWING WE’RE BECOMING A SOCCER TOWN.>>THEY ALREADY HAVE SOMEWHAT OF A FOLLOWING?>>YES. AND I’M NOT SURE. WILL THEY PRESENT AS PART OF THIS AT ALL WHEN THEY GET GOING AT ALL?>>I THINK IT WILL BE GREAT TO HEAR FROM THEM. WE WANT TO WORK THROUGH THAT WITH THEM.>>MAYBE WHEN WE HOST IN MARCH. THAT’S RIGHT WHEN THEIR SEASON IS GOING. I CAN’T ANSWER A LOT OF SPECIFIC QUESTIONS BUT WE’RE EXCITED TO HAVE THEM.>>I’D LIKE TO THANK THE SOUND FOR US GREAT PRESENTATION. RECENTLY WE CHANGED STRUCTURE OF THE MEETINGS AND TODAY I WAS ABLE TO REALIZE THE VALUE OF THE CHANGE BECAUSE IT’S ONE THING WHEN WE SEE NUMBERS AND SEE WHAT YOU’RE DOING IN THE COMMUNITY. THE THING THAT STRUCK ME WAS THE FACT THAT HOW YOU HAVE TO DO IT WITH SO MUCH TURNOVER AND THE PLAYERS AND HOW YOU GET OUT IN THE COMMUNITY AND GO FROM DAY-TO-DAY AND NOT SURE WHO IS GOING TO BE ON THE ROSTER TOMORROW. THAT ADDS VALUE TO THE WORK YOU ALL DO IN COMMUNITY. ALSO I’D LIKE TO CONGRATULATE YOU ON YOU’RE A WARDS SPECIFICALLY THE BEST FAN AWARD. I THINK THAT’S AWESOME. I WAS HERE FOR THE SOLAR ECLIPSE AND IT WAS SPECTACULAR AND ALSO, MY FIRM HOSTED AN EVENT FOR SOME CLIENTS AT THE BUDWEISER DECK. IT WAS PHENOMENAL SO IF YOU ALL HAVE NEVER DONE THAT YOU MIGHT WANT TO LOOK AT THAT. RAINED ALL DAY AND THOUGHT IT WOULD BE AWFUL AND EVERYBODY SHOWED UP. WE WERE COVERED AND IT STOPPED RAINING IT WAS THE NEXT TO THE LAST SEASON GAME. GREAT EXPERIENCE. THE FOOD, BEVERAGE SERVICE AND EVERYTHING WAS EXCELLENT SO I APPRECIATE THAT EXPERIENCE.>>THAT’S WHAT WE AIM TO DO WITH OUR EXPERIENCE. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU, DOUG. WE APPRECIATE YOUR PRESENTATION. THAT LOOKS LIKE THAT WRAPS OUR MEETING AGENDA TODAY. IF THERE IS NO FURTHER BUSINESS JUST KEEP IN MIND THOUGH THAT NEXT MONTH IS GOING TO BE CRITICAL WITH SCHEDULES AND WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A FEW EXTRA MEETINGS SO PLEASE BE FLEXIBLE. I KNOW MONICA WILL REACH OUT AS SOON AS WE HAVE A FIRM GRASP OF MEETING DATES SO WE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU EARLY AND OFTEN IN OCTOBER AND IF THERE’S NO ADDITIONAL BUSINESS, WE WOULD MOVE TO ADJOURN.>>SO MOVED.>>WE’RE ADJOURNED. THANKS. .

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