Saturday, May 2, 2015

Sulphur Dell

Sulphur Dell
Home of the Nashville Sounds

Nashville has a old/new baseball park and it comes with quiet a history!  Historians believe the first baseball game may have been played here in 1862, while Yankee soldiers occupied Nashville during the Civil War.  

For 78 years professional baseball was played at this site.  With the city dump smoldering nearby, fans inhaled the aroma of popcorn, peanuts and burning trash.  To add more interest, the Cumberland River would often flood from heavy spring rains and flood the field.  To all these aromas add the sulphur smell which smells something like rotten eggs.  

The ballpark was nicknamed Suffer Hell and the Dump.

In 2013 Mayor Dean announced the Nashville Sounds would be getting a new ballpark to be built on the site where baseball began--Sulphur Dell.

The scoreboard is a giant guitar--with a name like the Sounds and being in Music City would you have expected anything less?  It's actually pretty fun especially when the Sounds score.  Does anyone remember the bull scoreboard from the movie Bull Durham?

With summer on its way, AppleJack and I plan to enjoy some peanuts and crackerjacks at the old/new ballpark--Sulphur Dell.

Play ball!


  1. Have fun enjoying the sounds (and smells) of summer! What a fun stadium! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    Robin in Virginia

  2. Looks like a fun place with great history!

  3. I'd love to see that scoreboard in action!

  4. Wish I had had more time in your lovely city to have taken in a game. I had heard the story about the soldiers and baseball. Enjoy!