With the Mobile BayBears (Class AA; Southern League) departing the facility, a group that includes former BayBears executive Ari Rosenbaum is seeking to take over management of Hank Aaron Stadium.
Earlier this month, the BayBears played their final game at Mobile’s Hank Aaron Stadium. The franchise is moving forward with plans to relocate to Madison, AL, where it will open a new ballpark next April under the Rocket City Trash Pandas name.
Questions have been raised about what will become of Hank Aaron Stadium in the aftermath of the BayBears’ move, but an entity named Mobile Sports and Entertainment Group (MSEG) is forming a plan of its own. MSEG’s concept calls for keeping Hank Aaron Stadium operational for a variety of events. Baseball at the high-school and college levels would be part of that mix, along with offerings such as concerts, festivals, light shows, and more.
The group includes Rosenbaum, a member of the BayBears front office for 14 seasons who served as assistant general manager for the final five. Plans are not final at this point, as the group’s proposal is being reviewed by city officials. More from Fox 10 News:
Right now, the stadium is getting ready to host the Halloween Thriller Nights of Lights of Mobile and Christmas Nights of Lights of Mobile.
Ari Rosenbaum is one of the partners with MSEG and says the company bought the light shows to keep them in Mobile, but they’ve been talking with the BayBears, the lease holders of the stadium for about two years.
Rosenbaum said, “What I’d like to see is a lot of events around like what I just said, the community and the city family affordable events, and that includes baseball because it is a baseball field, so we’re going to center everything around that.”
Rosenbaum also said youth sports are important to them.
Hank Aaron Stadium originally opened in 1997, and hosted the BayBears through the 2019 season.
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