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Regions Park to host ESPN documentary premiere on Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan cardRegions Park, the home of the Birmingham Barons (Class AA; Southern League), will host the world premiere for ESPN Films’ Jordan Rides the Bus on Sunday, August 22 following the Barons game against the Huntsville Stars.

The Ron Shelton documentary is a part of ESPN Films’ film series 30 for 30 and will debut on Tuesday, August 24 at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN/ESPN HD.

“As a sports fan, ESPN Film’s 30 for 30 series has been nothing short of spectacular. And I am very excited that ESPN has given our fans in Birmingham the opportunity for a sneak peek at this acclaimed documentary about one of the most memorable baseball seasons in our city’s rich history,” Barons General Manager Jonathan Nelson said.

The viewing is open to fans attending the 5:05 p.m. game between the Barons and the Stars on August 22, It will be shown on the LED video board in right field. A Q&A session featuring ESPN executive producer John Dahl and a handful of people who worked on the documentary will follow the viewing.

Part of the documentary was filmed at Regions Park prior to the 2009 season. Acclaimed director Ron Shelton (Bull Durham, White Men Can’t Jump) visited the ballpark and spoke with numerous members of the 1994 Barons squad, including Nelson, Barons broadcaster Curt Bloom and former Baron Scott Tedder.

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