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It's official, baseball and Southern League approve BayBears relocation to Madison, AL

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MADISON, Alabama – May 31, 2018 –– BallCorps, LLC, owner of the Mobile BayBears of the

Southern League, announced today that the company has received official approval from Minor

League Baseball to relocate the team to Madison, Alabama. Beginning with the 2020 season, the

team will play in a new ballpark and multi-use venue being constructed by the City of Madison at the

500-acre Town Madison development.

BallCorps had previously received permission for relocation from

the Southern League on May 11 in a unanimous vote by the

league’s Board of Directors. The final step in the process is a

review of approvals by the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball

and the issuance of a “Non-Objection” letter, anticipated soon.

“From the first day we visited Madison, we set our sights on this

region as the ideal market for our franchise,” said BallCorps

Managing Partner and CEO Ralph Nelson. “In our initial meeting

last April, Mayor Paul Finley told us that as long as the project

benefited Madison citizens, the city was interested in a partnership

with BallCorps. Since that day, it has been an amazing

collaboration between BallCorps and Madison, along with the

Breland Companies, the master developer of Town Madison,

Madison County and so many others.”

BallCorps and Madison are organizing a community event for the venue’s groundbreaking

ceremony, Saturday, June 9 at 5:00 pm at the stadium site off Zierdt Road and Interstate 565 in

Madison. The public is encouraged to attend the event featuring free food and family fun, along with

a commemorative gift for all in attendance.

Along with local dignitaries, BallCorps is pleased to announce that the President of Minor League

Baseball, Pat O’Conner, and the President of the Southern League, Lori Webb, will both

participate in the groundbreaking ceremony.

BallCorps is also announcing today that attendees at the Community Groundbreaking Event will be

offered the first opportunity to submit ideas in the Name the Team contest. At the conclusion of the

ceremony, a randomly selected contest participant will be chosen to receive four

complimentary box seats for Opening Day 2020. Only those in attendance at the groundbreaking

ceremony will be eligible to win.

All members of the public will be invited to participate in the Name the Team contest, beginning June

10, on a website to be announced at the ceremony. The team name will be announced in the fall at

another community event.

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