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.