Baseball is back at First Horizon Park with very large crowds.
Minor league baseball was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19, but largely returned for Nashville Sounds fans.
COVID-19 restrictions, which included limiting stadium capacity to 40%, were still in place for the Sounds’ first three home games (May 11-13). In the nine games since the restrictions were lifted and capacity restored to 100%, the Sounds have had three sales (10,000) and an average attendance of 7,916.
The Sounds are flirting with their record average attendance of 8,741 set in 2018.
âFirst and foremost, people are at a point where they want to go out and do things and enjoy life again,â says vice president of operations Doug Scopel mentionned. “Obviously, the rough experience that we have presented every summer in Nashville for almost half a century is a great way to do it.”
Along with the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, which included that face masks were no longer needed, there were other factors that contributed to the large crowd.
A flagship attraction came last week when new Major Sounds League affiliate Milwaukee Brewers sent the outfielder Christian Yelich, the 2018 National League MVP, in Nashville on a rehab mission.
In addition, the Sounds went 7-2 on a home stay after the restrictions were lifted and played two teams – Memphis Redbirds (St. Louis Cardinals) and Gwinnett Stripers (Atlanta Braves) – which have affiliates of the Major League that many local fans follow.
âWinning never hurts and we were playing important affiliates for the fans here in Nashville,â said Scopel. “Playing the Cardinals affiliate and then playing the Braves affiliate, who hadn’t played a triple A game in Nashville for about 30 years, must have helped as well.”
The Sounds begin a 12-game road trip in Columbus (Ohio) and Charlotte (North Carolina) on Tuesday. Their next home game is June 8 against Indianapolis.
Tim Tebow speaks to local FCA
Before Tim tebow trying to restart his NFL career he will be the guest speaker at the Greater Nashville and Northern Middle Tennessee Fellowship of Christian Athlete’s Back To School Rally. The event will take place at Cornerstone Church on July 17th.
Tebow, 33, who hasn’t played in an NFL regular season game since 2012, signed a one-year contract last week to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Tebow’s former college coach Urban Meyer is now the coach at Jacksonville. Tebow changed positions from quarterback to tight toe.
For more information on the Back to School Rally, visit www.nmtnfca.org.
Nashville ranked 61st in Best Basketball Cities
Nashville is 61st on WalletHub’s 2021 list of “Best and Worst Cities for Basketball Fans”.
The WalletHub panel ranked 292 cities based on 21 key metrics ranging from the level of performance of each city’s NBA and NCAA Division I teams to ticket prices and stadium accessibility.
The top five cities were Los Angeles, Boston, Salt Lake City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.
Other cities in Tennessee: Memphis (23), Knoxville (80), Johnson City (124), Clarksville (153), Cookeville (212), Murfreesboro (213), Chattanooga (240) and Martin (253),
For the full list, click Better and worse.
Belmont is part of a strong domain of ESPN by invitation
Belmont’s men’s basketball team, which was unable to participate in the 2020 ESPN Orlando Invitational due to COVID-19, will participate in the ESPN Events Invitational November 25-28 at the Wide World of Sports Complex from ESPN in Kissimmee, Florida.
The rest of the field includes Alabama, Dayton, Drake, Iona, Kansas, Miami and North Texas.
“It is an honor to participate in such a prestigious event which will give our program national visibility”, Coach Belmont Casey alexander mentionned. “As is the case with ESPN Events, this is an impressive area with proven programs.”
Five of the eight teams – Alabama (Sweet 16), Kansas and North Texas (second round), Drake and Iona – reached the 2021 NCAA tournament while Dayton entered the national invitational tournament.
Belmont went 26-4 and won the Ohio Valley Conference regular season title.
TSU’s Starling Named All-American Freshman
Former Cane Ridge running back Devon starling, who is now in Tennessee State, made the Hero Sports FCS 2020-21 U.S. freshman team.
Starling led all freshmen nationally and finished 13th overall with an average of 92.6 yards per game.
TSU defensive lineman Davoan hawkiins, a transfer from Kentucky, was on the Sophomore All-America squad with offensive lineman Austin Peay Bucky williams and quarterback UT-Martin John Bachus III from County Giles.
Two promoted to Lipscomb women’s basketball team
Lipscomb Women’s Basketball Coach Lauren Sumski promoted her husband Chris Sumski associate head coach.
Erin Horne, who has been on staff since 2019 and most recently served as COO, and was promoted to assistant coach.
Chis Sumski brought six years of coaching experience to Lipscomb upon his arrival in the summer of 2019, including the previous two seasons working for Lauren, who was Rhodes’ head coach.
Tech’s Littlejohn wins player of honors
Tennessee Tech left fielder Cody littlejohn was named College Baseball’s National Player of the Week and Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week on Monday.
In a four-game streak, the Decatur, Ala. Native hit 556, scored seven runs, hit two doubles, one triple and three homers. He also had a stolen base.
After falling to Kentucky (8-4), Littlejohn helped lead Tech to a three-game sweep of southern Illinois-Edwards to close out the regular season.
OVC Launcher of the Week was the former Battle Grounds Academy star player Sam folks, now a senior at UT Martin.
The people led the Skyhawks to a victory over the No. 11 Ole Miss and OVC Southeast Missouri regular season champion.
Longtime football coach Jon Collins dies
Former Jackson County, Portland and White House football coach Jon collins died on May 21. He was 84 years old.
Collins was a running back and linebacker at Sumner County High in Portland and continued to play for MTSU. He also ran track in college.
Collins began his coaching career in 1959 in Jackson County before moving to the White House (1962-1977) and Portland (1977-1985).
When he retired, Collins was Tennessee’s seventh winningest football coach.
He was the Tennessean Midstate Coach of the Year in 1972, coached in the Tennessee East / West All-Star Game in 1973, and was Regional Coach of the Year in 1972, 1975, 1980 and 1983.
Collins was the Portland play-by-play radio presenter from 1990 to 2010.
Renovated and Renamed King’s Creek Golf Course
Renovations are complete at King’s Creek Golf Club, a public Arnold palmer course at Spring Hill, which is under a new owner.
The 18-hole course has been renamed and rebranded as Towhee Club.
A covered outdoor room and lawn will be used to host large events, concerts and family activities and is expected to be completed at the end of the summer.
A newly built clubhouse is slated to open in January 2022.
New owners Nathan and Joel lyon left in 2020 with the architect Lemons Jerry to make the course one of the best in the region.
“This name change and the substantial improvements to the course are all part of the larger plan we have had from the start, which is to make this course one of the finest public golf courses in Middle Tennessee and the region.” of Nashville â. Nathan Lyons mentionned.
The course renovation included the installation of the Better Billy Bunker system while the greens were re-grassed with Tif-Eagle Bermuda.
A new irrigation system has been put in place, all cart decks have been repaired and a new fleet of golf carts has been added.
Discover the renovations at towheeclub.com.
MTSU Virtual 5K starts May 31
Middle Tennessee State’s Blue Raider Virtual 5K runs from May 31 to June 11.
Runners and walkers are encouraged to register.
All participants will receive an official race jersey and certificate of completion. Prizes will be awarded to those who have achieved the best times in walking and running, men and women.
Registration is $ 25. For more information or to register Click here.
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