Crowd sits awestruck inside First Tennessee Park during total solar eclipse


When the total solar eclipse hit totality Monday afternoon, the crowd at the Sounds Stadium went silent.

Nashville's symphony played as the sun approached totality at the city's official watch party in First Tennessee Park.

Thousands, joined by Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, cheered and clapped as the moment of totality neared.

Once in totality, the Mayor made an announcement that people could take off their glasses while it lasted.

For that brief time, the thousands of people in the stadium were quiet and still, awestruck.

Locusts roared to life and birds stopped flying. Lights in surrounding downtown office buildings downtown turned on.

Once totality was over, most people started clearing out of the stadium as the Sounds prepared for their evening game.

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