Minor League Baseball has officially approved the move of the Mobile BayBears (Class AA; Southern League) to a new Madison, AL ballpark for the 2020 season, according to team owner BallCorps, LLC.
The team will play in a new ballpark and multi-use venue being constructed by the City of Madison at the 500-acre Town Madison development. BallCorps had previously received permission for relocation from the Southern League on May 11 in a unanimous vote by the league’s Board of Directors. The final step, technically, is a letter from the MLB commissioner’s office signaling no objections to the move.
“From the first day we visited Madison, we set our sights on this region as the ideal market for our franchise,” said BallCorps Managing Partner and CEO Ralph Nelson. “In our initial meeting last April, Mayor Paul Finley told us that as long as the project benefited Madison citizens, the city was interested in a partnership with BallCorps. Since that day, it has been an amazing collaboration between BallCorps and Madison, along with the Breland Companies, the master developer of Town Madison, Madison County and so many others.”
A groundbreaking ceremony has been scheduled for Saturday, June 9 at 5 p.m., at the ballpark site off Zierdt Road and Interstate 565 in Madison. At that time the details of a name-the-team contest will be announced as well.
Rendering courtesy Breland Companies.
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