A group that includes former Mobile BayBears executive Ari Rosenbaum is closer to taking over management of Hank Aaron Stadium, as it has been recommended by Mobile mayor Sandy Stimpson.
First opening in 1997, Hank Aaron Stadium was home to the BayBears (Class AA; Southern League) through the 2019 season. The franchise is relocating to Madison, AL, where it will open a new ballpark next season as the Rocket City Trash Pandas, and Mobile is considering its options for the team’s former home. Among those options is a pitch from an entity named Mobile Sports and Entertainment Group (MSEG), which includes Rosenabum and has called for leaving the ballpark operational for a number of baseball and non-baseball events.
Stimpson’s administration is recommending MSEG’s pitch, sending it to the Mobile City Council for approval. Rosenbaum met with the city council earlier this week, but an actual vote from the council on whether to enter into an agreement with MSEG is not expected until at least next week. More from FOX 10:
Rosenbaum spoke to council members Tuesday.
They asked questions but no one expressed opposition.
The council is expected to vote next week or the week after.
Rosenbaum has plenty of familiarity with Hank Aaron Stadium, previously working in the BayBears front office for 14 seasons and serving as assistant general manager for the final five. Baseball at the high-school and college levels would be part of the mix of events at Hank Aaron Stadium, along with offerings such as concerts, festivals, light shows, and more.
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