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Barons, White Sox Renew PDC

Birmingham Barons LogoChicago White Sox LogoPRESS RELEASE – Riding a groundswell of support since the opening of Regions Field and the team’s Southern League Championship in 2013, the Barons and Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on a four-year extension of their Player Development Contract, which will run through the 2018 season. The new agreement ensures Continue reading

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Barons Announce Details for 19th Rickwood Classic

Birmingham Barons LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Birmingham Barons and Friends of Rickwood will welcome baseball fans back to legendary Rickwood Field for the 19th Annual Rickwood Classic presented by State Farm Insurance® and YP. Continue reading

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Rickwood Field (Birmingham, AL)

Digital Ballparks LogoEric and Wendy Pastore from DigitalBallparks.com visit historic Rickwood Field, former home of the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern Association/ League), Birmingham Black Barons (Negro Leagues), and current home of the annual Rickwood ClassicRead more and view huge photo gallery hereVisit the Friends of Rickwood website here.

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Birmingham’s Regions Field Named BaseballParks.com’s Ballpark of the Year

Joe Mock BaseballParksPRESS RELEASE – Interest has been incredibly high in the ballpark that opened in Birmingham, Alabama in April. Locals have been keenly interested in all aspects of the new park, so much so that the server that hosts BaseballParks.com crashed when so many Alabamans flocked to read the site’s in-depth ballpark review the day it was posted. Continue reading

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Hoover Metropolitan Stadium (Hoover, AL)

Eric and Wendy Pastore from DigitalBallparks.com recently visited Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, the former home of the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League).  Read more and view photos here.

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Regions Field (Birmingham, AL)

Eric and Wendy Pastore from DigitalBallparks.com recently visited Regions Field, the new home of the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League).  Read more and view photos here.

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Huntsville Calls On Birmingham

Huntsville Stars LogoThe Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League) recently hosted a delegation from Huntsville (AL) led by Mayor Tommy Battle to give them a tasty look at the new Regions Field.  The mayor is exploring the possibility of a downtown replacement for outdated Joe Davis Stadium, home of the Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League).  Read more here and here.

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Hoover Met Gets More Upgrades

Hoover Met LogoThe Hoover (AL) City Council Monday night approved spending another $352,000 on Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, the former home of the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League).  Hoover officials are hoping to lure some “A-list” concert acts with electrical upgrades and more.  Read more here.  Thanks to Joe DeLeonard for the link.

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Outfield Entertainment Center Unveiled Tonight, Rickwood Classic Tomorrow

Birmingham Barons LogoThe Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League) will unveil their new Outfield Entertainment Area at Regions Field Tuesday night.  Read more here.  The team will then take a break from the confines of their fancy new ballpark to play in the 18th annual Rickwood Classic at Rickwood Field on Wednesday afternoon.  Read more here.

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Regions Field (Birmingham, AL)

Joe Mock from BaseballParks.com recently visited Regions Field, the new home for the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League).  Mr. Mock delivers an impressive 5,000-word ballpark review covering the facility’s development, design and construction, and the overall fan experience.  Read more and view photos hereRead about Mock’s visit on AL.com.

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Regions Field Opening Just One Day Away

Birmingham Barons LogoConstruction crews are working around the clock to put the final touches on Regions Field, home of the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League), before the stadium’s inaugural opening on Wednesday.  Read more hereView photo gallery here.

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UAB Blazers Could Be Playing Games at New Regions Field

Birmingham Barons LogoUAB Blazers LogoThe Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League) are in talks with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) about hosting Blazers home game at the new Regions Field.  Read more here.

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Barons Expand Front Office Staff for 2013 Season

Birmingham Barons LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Barons have announced eight new additions to their Front Office staff for the 2013 season: Don Leo, Corporate Sales Manager, Brett Oates, Group Sales Manager, Steve Bayko, Community Group Ticket Representative, Sydney Weldon, Corporate Event Planner, Joseph Cooper, Director of Retail Sales, Randy Prince, Chief Financial Officer, George Continue reading

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Council Approves Funding for Hoover Met Improvements

Birmingham Barons Logo WordmarkThe Hoover (AL) City Council on Monday voted to approve spending up to $600,000 on repairs, maintenance and new signs for Hoover Metropolitan Stadium , the former home of the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League).  Read more here.

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At 50, Looking Back at Michael Jordan’s Short-Lived Baseball Career

Birmingham Barons Logo WordmarkChicago White Sox LogoFormer NBA superstar Michael Jordan turns 50 today, so Star-Ledger Columnist Steve Politi thought he would take a look back at Jordan’s “forgettable” attempt at playing professional baseball.  Read more hereView Sports Illustrated photo gallery hereWatch ESPN’s Jordan Rides the Bus film clip here.

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Council to Consider Funding Hoover Met Improvements

Birmingham Barons Logo WordmarkThe Hoover (AL) City Council on Monday will consider a proposal to spend $600,000 on repairs, maintenance and new signs for Hoover Metropolitan Stadium , the former home of the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League).  Read more here.

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Barons to Honor 1948 Black Barons at 18th Rickwood Classic

Birmingham Barons LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Birmingham Barons and Friends of Rickwood announced details Thursday for the 18th Annual Rickwood Classic presented by State Farm Insurance. Set for Wednesday, May 29, the classic will celebrate the legendary 1948 Birmingham Black Barons. The 12:30 p.m. contest will showcase the Birmingham Barons against the Tennessee Smokies Continue reading

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Giant Sinkhole Won’t Sink Birmingham Ballpark Deadline

Birmingham Barons LogoA massive 100-feet-deep sinkhole developed at the site of the new $60 million stadium being built for the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League), but “emergency” action taken to fix the problem and necessarily reroute a sewer line will keep ballpark construction on track for Opening Day in April.  Read more here.

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Barons Unveil Logo for New Regions Field

Birmingham Barons LogoPRESS RELEASE – Leaders from the Birmingham Barons and Regions Bank have unveiled the logo for the city’s new, downtown baseball facility – Regions Field. The design, by local firm Luckie & Co., will be used throughout the new state-of-the-art facility and ties the tradition and history of baseball in the Birmingham to the modern facility Continue reading

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Countdown to April 10 Begins: Construction Crews Ready New Ballpark for First Pitch

Birmingham Barons LogoIt’s a mere 78 days until the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League) hold their home opener at the new Regions Field, but officials say the stadium will be completed on time.  View construction photo gallery hereRead more here.  Thanks to Joe DeLeonard for the story link.

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Council Delays Consideration of Extra $3M for Ballpark

Birmingham Barons LogoThe Birmingham (AL) City Council has delayed consideration of Mayor William Bell‘s request for an additional $3 million for the new $64 million ballpark for the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League).  The council is seeking more specifics on the $3 million, which city officials have said will pay for furniture, fixtures and equipment, including a possible ice cream shop and beer garden.  Read more here.

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Mayor Again Seeks Extra $3M for New Ballpark

Birmingham Barons LogoBirmingham (AL) Mayor William Bell is again asking a skeptical City Council to spend another $3 million on the new $64 million downtown baseball stadium for the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League) to pay for extra amenities, including furniture, artwork and a possible beer garden and ice cream shop.  The proposal was shelved last month but is scheduled to be addressed Continue reading

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New Birmingham Ballpark Spurs Development

Birmingham Barons LogoThe new downtown ballpark under construction for the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League) is already energizing development in the area, as a deal to locate a new 220-unit apartment complex by the ballpark is close to being finalized.  Read more here.

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Barons to Pony Up $300K to End Lease Early at Hoover Met

Birmingham Barons LogoThe Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League) have agreed to pay Hoover (AL) $300,000 to end their lease at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium (formerly Regions Park) three-years early, as the team prepares to relocate to a new ballpark in downtown Birmingham (AL).  Read more here.

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Hoover Met Again, Young Leaves Barons for New (Sort Of) Stadium Management Gig

Birmingham Barons LogoThe city of Hoover (AL) has decided to change the name of Regions Park back to Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, now that the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League) are moving to new digs in downtown Birmingham (AL).  Read more here.  Meanwhile, James Young has left his role as director of stadium operations for the Barons to serve as a facility manager for the Hoover Met.  Read more here.  Thanks to Joe DeLeonard for the links.

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Filling the Void at Regions Park

Now that the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League) are headed to a fancy new ballpark in downtown Birmingham (AL), the city of nearby Hoover is moving forward to hire two individuals to manage events at Regions Park.  While the indy pro American Association has explored bringing a new team to the stadium, there doesn’t seem to be any urgency on the part of the city to replace the Barons. Continue reading

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New Restaurant Planned Next to New Barons Park

A local investor group has a bought a building that will be renovated for a restaurant in the first confirmed development next to Regions Field, the new stadium under construction for the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League).  Read more here.

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Barons Say Goodbye to Hoover, Team Seeks Long-Term Commitment From Fans in New Park

As the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League) prepare to move  into their new $64 million downtown Birmingham (AL) ballpark next season, Jon Solomon from the Birmingham News takes a look at the team’s 25 years at Hoover Stadium.  Read more here.  Meanwhile, the Barons requiring a three-year commitment from season tickets holders Continue reading

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Signage Design Approved for New Barons Ballpark

The Birmingham Design Review Committee has approved the signage design for the LED message board, scoreboard, ticket booths, entrances, team store and other signs for the new $64-million downtown ballpark for the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League).  Read more here.

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Parking Likely Not a Problem for New Downtown Birmingham Stadium

Construction on the new $64 million, downtown stadium for the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League) is underway and expected to be completed by next April, but where are fans going to park outside the 250 spaces on site?  A city consultant has identifed 2,500 spaces at locations about a 5-10 minute walk away from the ballpark site.  Read more here.  Thanks to Joe DeLeonard for the link.

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Rickwood Classic Today at 12:30

The Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League) take on the Chattanooga Lookouts today in the 17th Annual Rickwood Classic at Rickwood Field — America’s oldest baseball park.  The 12:30 p.m. contest will celebrate Wartime Baseball.  The Barons will don uniforms from the early 1940s when they were affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds.  The Lookouts will also wear period uniforms.  Read more here.

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No Change in Ballpark Design Team, Transparency at Issue

At this juncture, there will be no change in the design team for the new ballpark for the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League), despite a desire by the mayor’s office to remove two local architectural firms.  One complaint from the city council has been a lack of transparency by the board overseeing the project.  Board chair Bob Jones Continue reading

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Barons Promotion-Packed Homestand Starts with Replica Jersey Giveaway

PRESS RELEASE – The Barons return home after a series victory over the Chattanooga Lookouts to take on the Mississippi Braves at Regions Park starting Friday, April 20th. Continue reading

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Barons Announce 2012 Promotional Schedule

PRESS RELEASE – The Birmingham Barons announced their 2012 promotional schedule on Monday, featuring theme nights and the usual collection of nightly promotions. The Barons are proud to provide fans with a theme or promotion nearly every game during the 2012 season. The nightly promotions are as follows: Continue reading

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Birmingham Ballpark Plans Approved

A Birmingham (AL) design review panel has given unanimous approval to the site and design plans for the new $64 million downtown ballpark for the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League).  Developers can now move forward with construction on the project, which is scheduled to be completed by April 2013.   Read more here.

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Regions Field: Renderings Unveiled, Demolition Approved

The renderings for the new 8,500-seat, $64 million ballpark in downtown Birmingham (AL) for the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League) have been unveiled (see below).  Approval was also given on Wednesday to begin demolition of structures on the final block and a half needed for the new stadium.  Groundbreaking took place on February 2, with construction expected to take 12-14 Continue reading

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American Association Interested in Hoover Ballpark

Miles Wolff, commissioner of the indy pro American Association, has reportedly been in contact with Hoover (AL) officials about placing a team at Regions Park, once the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League) depart for their new digs in downtown Birmingham.  Hoover is about 10 miles south of the Magic City.  Read more here

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Birmingham Business Community Showing Support

The City of Birmingham and the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League) won’t break ground on the new $64 million downtown baseball park until Feb. 2, but  the team has already received commitments from the business community for half of the facility’s 26 luxury suites, and interest in the club-level seating is also high.  Read more here.

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Council Demands More Communication From Ballpark Board

The Birmingham City Council passed a resolution on Tuesday requiring better reporting from the five-member Public Athletic, Cultural and Entertainment Board overseeing development of the new ballpark for the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League).  Several members of the council have complained about the lack of communication from the group.  Read more here.

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UAB Approves Land Swap for Barons New Park

The University of Alabama-Birmingham has approved a land swap deal with the city to make room for a new ballpark for the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League).  Read more here.

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