With a new ballpark for the Rocket City Trash Pandas (Class AA; Southern League) pushing toward a 2020 opening, construction activity is picking up in the surrounding Town Madison development.
The current Mobile BayBears are slated to relocate following the 2019 season to Madison, AL, where they will move into a new ballpark constructed within Town Madison. Located along I-565, the $300 million mixed-use development will be built out over time to feature several amenities, including new lodging properties–including a Margaritaville hotel adjacent to the ballpark–apartment units, retail, restaurants, and more.
Some amenities, such as a Duluth Trading Company store and a Home2 Suites hotel, will open this year–well before the ballpark’s first game–while other features of the development are expected to take shape over a longer period of time. However, with construction of the new ballpark–which will serve as anchor for the development–underway, activity at the 530-acre site is picking up in a very noticeable way. More from AL.com:
“There is a lot under construction,” said Joey Ceci of Breland Companies, the group developing Town Madison. “This has been a project that’s been a long time in the making. It’s unfortunate when you have a large project like this with the infrastructure that had be built. Infrastructure and roads take a long time to build. Now that the infrastructure is in and coming, the stadium is coming.”
Ah, yes, the Rocket City Trash Pandas – the Double-A minor league baseball team’s pending arrival in April 2020 has injected a sense of urgency into the project that began long before anyone knew what a Trash Panda was in the first place.
The stadium is an anchor for the development and Louis Breland – the head of Breland Companies – has become a part owner of the team. And next year’s opening game has launched the project into overdrive.
“It’s like a shot of steroids for the project,” Ceci said.
Town Madison is located west of Huntsville, making the Trash Pandas the first professional baseball team to call the Huntsville Metropolitan Area its home 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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