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Getting approval for a pro soccer stadium was a big win this month for the sport’s supporters in Nashville. But the Metro Council’s decision came with an important last-minute assist.

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The Tennessee State Fair begins Friday at Nashville’s Fairgrounds, but it’s an arrangement that has become mired in controversy.

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One of Nashville’s most intense debates ended Tuesday night with a series of votes that approved the construction of a Major League Soccer stadium at the city fairgrounds.

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Over more than four hours Monday night, Nashvillians shared their thoughts about a proposed soccer stadium.

The Metro Council's public hearing on plans to build the project at the city's fairgrounds elicited passionate comments that revealed divides that go beyond sports — about tradition, development, culture, and demographics.

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Nashville’s pursuit of a Major League Soccer stadium for its fairgrounds property took two steps forward on Monday night and set the Metro Council on a path toward decisive votes on Sept 4.

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The Metro Council advanced the ordinances required to build a new stadium for a Major League Soccer team Tuesday night and abandoned efforts to put the project up for a vote as a ballot initiative.

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One of the most-debated subjects in Nashville right now is how — or whether — the city will build a new Major League Soccer stadium at the Nashville Fairgrounds. Almost every day, there’s a new contract being discussed or another city agency making a decision.

WPLN’s Jason Moon Wilkins and Tony Gonzalez sort out where things stand — and where they’re going — with the stadium.

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Recommendations for Nashville's new Major League Soccer stadium were unveiled Tuesday evening. Among them was a commitment to work with the community, something local activists have been requesting at community meetings for months.

The stadium's ownership group, Nashville Soccer Holdings, has committed to creating a Community Benefit Agreement. The pact would not just build a stadium but also help the area around it, possibly by employing local residents and creating affordable housing.

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Major League Soccer is coming to Nashville. And while the new stadium is expected to give the city's broader economy a jolt, community groups are looking for something more lasting, and more personal.

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Major League Soccer has issued its vote of confidence that Nashville can support a top-level team. They’ve said the demographics look good on paper — with millennials and a large, soccer-inclined immigrant population — but there’s still much to do to build the fan base, which will be crucial for the franchise.

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