The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

April 10, 2013

Minor league team opens new Birmingham ballpark


Associated Press



BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Birmingham's minor league baseball team is returning to the city after an absence of two decades.

The Birmingham Barons play their first game Wednesday night at the new, 8,500-seat Regions Field in downtown Birmingham.

The team is moving back to the city after playing its home games at a city-owned stadium in metropolitan Hoover for 20 years.

Birmingham Mayor William Bell will throw out the first pitch, and city promoters are hoping the $64 million stadium will add to a revitalization of the inner city.

The game against the Mississippi Braves is a sellout.