Nashville chopping down trees to make room for NFL draft

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Some in Nashville are crying foul over a decision to cut down 21 cherry trees to make room for the NFL draft.

The Tennessean reports that the trees will be cut down on Monday morning, a decision that Nashville Tree Foundation Board President Noni Nielsen called “incredibly short-sighted,” for an event that will last only a few days.

Since the NFL started making the draft a traveling show, it has always included a significant outdoor component, and this year it includes clearing the trees for a big stage. The Nashville City Councilman whose district includes the downtown area that will host the draft says he remains a supporter of hosting the draft but wishes the planners had shown greater transparency in making clear that staging the draft as planned would require removing the trees.

The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. and the NFL have pledged to donate 100 cherry trees each to Nashville parks. But it could take decades for any newly planted trees to reach the size of the ones being chopped down.

43 responses to “Nashville chopping down trees to make room for NFL draft

  1. What kind of bonehead actually goes to the draft? There is absolutely no reason to sit in a confined area to watch Roger Goodell say things every three or four minutes.

    So let’s cut down some trees for the boneheads.

  2. Let’s chop down these beautiful trees instead of maybe readjusting the site, sounds like a good ole boy Nashville thing, NFL draft in Nashville, Tennessee is a real head scratcher! 75% of the populace there doesn’t even follow Professional football. Now college, different story! Draft should stay in,NYC and never leave, too much tradition that the league could never overcome. One thing though, I heard they are giving away free Moonpies and Mountain Dew to the first one hundred people through the gates.

  3. Why would the city agree to this? Sure it’s nice to have the draft but it does seem extremely short sighted to permanently remove the trees for a temporary one-time event.

  4. Newsflash! Millions of dollars pumped into the local economy AND 79 more trees than when they started. This is a GOOD thing.

  5. The best time to plant a cherry tree is 10 years ago. The second best time is right now. The best time to host an NFL draft is never.

  6. Hey you guys, these historic trees are probably 30-40′ tall and beautiful. The ones the NFL plants will probably more like 6-8′, nowhere near the same, nor in the same location.

  7. This isn’t at all surprising. When all those young athletes come into town for a big party, someone is going to lose their cherry.

  8. Don’t it always seem to go
    That you don’t know what you’ve got
    ‘Till it’s gone
    They paved paradise
    And put up a parking lot

    They took all the trees
    And put them in a tree museum
    And they charged all the people
    A dollar and a half to see ’em
    Don’t it always seem to go
    That you don’t know what you’ve got
    ‘Till it’s gone
    They paved paradise
    And they put up a parking lot

    -Joni Mitchell

  9. “Newsflash! Millions of dollars pumped into the local economy AND 79 more trees than when they started. This is a GOOD thing.”

    Newsflash!

    No. Your millions of dollars only exist in fantasy land, and you didn’t read the last sentence of the article. This is a STUPID thing.

  10. “good ole boy Nashville thing”

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    I hope they change their minds and keep the trees, but this crap is worthless and judgmental. Would using so many stereotypes have been acceptable if you were talking about a different group of people? You should be ashamed you even wrote that. Most Southerners actually don’t even care about pro football, believe it or not…

  11. Rather have the draft in N.Y.C. myself. I understand all the $$$ coming in to Nashville, but really could have come up with a better plan, IF THEY TRIED!!!!!!!

  12. Where does this mysterious influx of money that everyone keeps mentioning come from? We’re talking about the equivalent of a small to midsize rock concert that happens in every city in several different places every day.

    This is about the NFL expanding its brand. If you think they’re spreading the wealth you’re a sucker.

  13. zeke2517 says:
    March 30, 2019 at 3:53 pm
    Where does this mysterious influx of money that everyone keeps mentioning come from? We’re talking about the equivalent of a small to midsize rock concert that happens in every city in several different places every day.

    This is about the NFL expanding its brand. If you think they’re spreading the wealth you’re a sucker.

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    More medium to large rock concert but otherwise you point stands, cash inflow is not that different from something they will have several times a year. But the Rock concerts are held at places that dont need you to clear the land first.

    And 200 saplings < 21 30-50 foot tall fully developed trees.

  14. “Why are they chopping these trees down? Sawing would be much faster.”

    Same reason they don’t just hit football players on the head with a hammer. Fans are romantics.

  15. Since the NFL started making the draft a traveling show, it has always included a significant outdoor component …

    Curious, isn’t it? The NFL wants to include a significant outdoor component in its Big Draft Show … as long as the city involved removes a significant portion of the outdoors to accommodate the event.

  16. Why is it the people with the most power are also the dumbest. How much did it cost to plant the original ones?

  17. Relax people.
    Cherry wood makes the best guitars.
    Especially Nashville cherry wood.

    It’s just….special.

  18. the only good thing about nashville is that gawd awfful redneck music that plays 24/7/365 in hillbilly park.

  19. We need a big outside stage with lots and lots of stairs so some big, stupid neanderthal can haphazardly clutch his newborn above his head in the shining flashes and bright lights.

  20. rpw84 says:
    March 30, 2019 at 2:09 pm
    Let’s chop down these beautiful trees instead of maybe readjusting the site, sounds like a good ole boy Nashville thing, NFL draft in Nashville, Tennessee is a real head scratcher! 75% of the populace there doesn’t even follow Professional football. Now college, different story! Draft should stay in,NYC and never leave, too much tradition that the league could never overcome. One thing though, I heard they are giving away free Moonpies and Mountain Dew to the first one hundred people through the gates

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    WOW!! You’ve sure not been to Nashville OR even down South much, have you???? The ONLY thing that is accurate in your post, is the area is very big on college football; however, there are PLENTY of Pro football fans!! I suggest you live in the South for a while, and I promise your insulting stereotype will change & you might even develop some class…..smh…. Being a Southerner, I frankly think the last “Moon Pie” or “Mountain Dew” I consumed, was 30 years ago….lol

    I cannot believe they are chopping down all those beautiful trees for Roger Goodell, who couldn’t give a flip. Very sad……

  21. They have already cancelled the plans so this is old news. Also, to heck with all you uppity ass folk who hate on Nashville. We are a great sports town. Sorry your town sucks

  22. Unadulterated ignorance. Surely a few hundred thousand $ helped pave the way for this one. Obviously somebody couldn’t see the forest because of all of the trees!

  23. This was a demand from the NFL draft organizers to remove the tree’s. Nashville didn’t decide to do this to lure the draft in. There are other options to host the event without moving the trees but the NFL wasnt interested. Nashville has hosted The Stanley Cup Finals and NHL All Stars without one request from the NHL to remove a single blade of grass. Shameful way to treat your host community.

  24. ak185 says:
    March 30, 2019 at 3:36 pm
    “good ole boy Nashville thing”

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    I hope they change their minds and keep the trees, but this crap is worthless and judgmental. Would using so many stereotypes have been acceptable if you were talking about a different group of people? You should be ashamed you even wrote that. Most Southerners actually don’t even care about pro football, believe it or not…

    Worthless and judgemental?

  25. Well cherry wood makes for great furniture, and trees are a renewable resource. Not saying this is a great idea, but it isn’t the end of the world either.

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