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Town Madison Continues to Take Shape

New Madison Ballpark Margaritaville rendering

Development in Town Madison continues to take shape, with construction of a hotel launching ahead of 2020’s opening of a new Rocket City Trash Pandas (Class AA; Southern League) ballpark. 

The current Mobile BayBears are slated to relocate following the 2019 season to Madison, AL, where they will move into a new $46 million ballpark constructed within Town Madison, a mixed-use development located west of Huntsville along I-565. The ballpark is envisioned as an anchor for surrounding amenities that include new lodging properties–with a Margaritaville hotel adjacent to the ballpark part of that mix–along with apartment units, retail, restaurants, and more.

There has been considerable construction activity within the development in addition to work on the ballpark, and that continued with Monday’s groundbreaking ceremony for a new avid hotel. Construction on avid–a franchise controlled by InterContinental Hotels Group–will ultimately yield one of several Town Madison hotels that are in the works, and represents the latest sign of economic activity in the area. More from

That $46 million facility is funded entirely by the city of Madison, which designated lodging tax as a revenue stream to recoup that investment.

So, yes, bringing on the avid hotel and its 87 rooms spread across four floors on the west end of Town Madison near Wall-Triana Highway. And bring on the Home2 Suites hotel next door that’s expected to open within a matter of weeks.

And, yes, bring on more hotels to Town Madison and other amenities to rev the development’s economic engine.

“This is just the start of many more hotels,” Town Madison developer Louis Breland said. “We have a Twice Daily convenience store (next door to the avid hotel), first one in Alabama. Both of these are first to the market and new to the state.

Ground was broken on the new ballpark last June, in anticipation of the franchise playing its first game there in April 2020. Once they arrive, the Trash Pandas will be 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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