With the Mobile BayBears (Class AA; Southern League) ending their run at Hank Aaron Stadium, local officials say there are no firm plans yet for the facility’s future.
Following the 2019 season, the BayBears will relocate to Madison, AL, where they will become the Rocket City Trash Pandas and open a new ballpark at the Town Madison development. The current Minor League Baseball season is set to end in the coming weeks, meaning that the Bay Bears’ final regular-season game at Mobile’s Hank Aaron Stadium–scheduled for September 2–is just around the corner.
Plans for Hank Aaron Stadium’s future are not settled yet, as city officials say they have not finalized any decisions on the facility. Still, there appears to be some hope locally that the ballpark will remain operational after the BayBears depart and be marketed as a venue for baseball tournaments. More from FOX 10 News:
“They’re going to move on, we’re going to move on and I’m real optimistic what we can use this facility for going forward,” said Danny Corte, Executive Director of the Mobile Sports Authority….
Corte hopes the field and stadium stay.
“I would like to see this stay a baseball stadium because there are so many baseball tournaments out there,” he said. “High school, college, those kinds of events.”
Hank Aaron Stadium originally opened in 1997, and has hosted the BayBears throughout its history. It is currently the oldest ballpark in the Southern League, though that obviously will no longer be the case after the BayBears relocate.