Construction of a new Madison, AL ballpark is making progress, with about a year remaining until its scheduled opening for the Rocket City Trash Pandas (Class AA; Southern League).
Located in the Town Madison development, the new ballpark will open at the start of the 2020 campaign as the home of the Trash Pandas, who are about to start their final season as the Mobile BayBears. Construction on the facility began last year, and a recent update shows that it is making progress.
Ralph Nelson, the managing partner of franchise ownership group BallCorps, was among those on site this week to showcase what has taken place thus far. Plenty of work remains between now and the facility’s opening next April, but signs of some of the ballpark’s amenities are already taking shape. More from WHNT:
Crews installed steel beams for the stadium roofline Wednesday, in the middle of gusty winds that threatened to halt their effort temporarily.
Nelson said the ballpark venue will be full of social areas that are designed to bring people together.
“Patios, party decks, suites, the berm,” Nelson said. “It’s about people coming together, families coming to games together. There are picnic tables and four-tops.”
A bar, the rock porch, will be just off right field overlooking the game. Then, at the gate, a ticket office and then a merchandise store will be just inside. There’s a main entrance, and separate VIP areas too. Trash Pandas offices will also be in that main building.
BallCorps finalized the club’s upcoming move from Mobile to Madison last year. Madison is located in the Huntsville Metropolitan Area, which has not had a professional baseball team of its own since the Huntsville Stars (Class AA; Southern League) played their final full season at Joe Davis Stadium in 2014. That franchise is now known as the Biloxi Shuckers.
Rendering courtesy Breland Companies.
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