Under a project unveiled Thursday, a food hall will be the primary link between an upcoming Rocket City Trash Pandas (Class AA; Southern League) ballpark and the surrounding Town Madison.
Following the 2019 season, the current Mobile BayBears will relocate to Madison, AL and open a new $46 million ballpark. The facility is currently under construction in Town Madison, a mixed-use development located west of Huntsville along I-565.
Construction activity in Town Madison has been active with projects in addition to the ballpark in the works, and now a food hall will be part of that mix. Planned as part of a partnership between Breland Companies and Atlanta-based Fuqua Development, the food hall will be the amenity that serves as the primary link between the ballpark and surrounding development. Exact tenants for the food hall have not been announced, but the space is expected to feature some unique food and beverage concepts–including two breweries–when it opens next spring. More from AL.com:
A giant food hall – featuring 18 kitchens as well as breweries and food trucks – will be the primary connection between the Town Madison retail/restaurant district and the development-anchoring baseball stadium that’s home to the Rocket City Trash Pandas.
While the integration of the baseball stadium and Town Madison has long been a part of the master plan, the details of that integration were not announced until Thursday. The food hall is a partnership between the Breland Companies and Fuqua Development of Atlanta, which is developing several food hall concepts in Atlanta and Jacksonville, Fla.
“Town Madison is taking another step toward our goal to provide a new experience in North Alabama living,” Louis Breland, developer of Town Madison, said in the announcement. “We toured some of the finest Food Halls in the country looking for the right concept. A great Food Hall becomes a central gathering spot and brings unique energy to a community. Along with Trash Panda Stadium, the Food Hall and Plaza area will become the place to be before a game or any time people want to meet with friends and share new experiences.”
The Trash Pandas are slated to host their home opener at the new ballpark on April 15, 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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