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Barons partners with Children’s Hospital
The Birmingham Barons is partnering with Children’s Hospital and the City of Birmingham to allow 3,000 extra parking spaces around their new Regions Field. The Barons were previously located in Hoover for two decades. In 2009, Birmingham announced the new ballpark to receive its team.
Seeking to allay concerns about parking near Regions Field, the Birmingham Barons (Class AA; Southern League) unveiled an agreement with Children’s Hospital for the use of three surface lots within a two-block radius of the new downtown ballpark. The secured lots will bring the total number of available parking spaces to 2,500 within a five-minute walk from the ballpark.
“The Barons are excited to partner with Children’s Hospital on this venture that will provide convenient parking for all fans attending games at Regions Field,” said Barons owner Don Logan.
“Children’s Hospital has been a pillar in the Birmingham community for over a century and we look forward to working with them for years to come.”
The new field has already sparked some business downtown to restore their facades and has attracted others. Mayor Bell states that construction with the field and around it has already added 250 jobs and over $700,000 in economic revenue.
“Children’s of Alabama is excited to welcome The Birmingham Barons to the midtown district,” said Mike Warren, CEO of Children’s of Alabama. “We have been pleased with the positive development in the area spurred by Railroad Park, local small businesses, and long-term commitment from those of us providing medical care. This is another good thing for the further development of the area and we look forward to the continued partnership with our new neighbor.”
“The City of Birmingham continues to work to provide the best overall baseball experience at the new Regions Field,” said Mayor William Bell. “We look forward to the first pitch and a sell out crowd.”
Other private lots may be added in the future bringing the total number of spots to over 3,000 within a five-minute walk of Regions Field.
In partnership with the City of Birmingham, the Barons will also be releasing a game day management and traffic plan in early 2013.
The 2013 Birmingham Barons season begins Thursday, April 4th against the Montgomery Biscuits, Double-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Barons will play their home opener at Regions Field on Wednesday, April 10th when they take on the Mississippi Braves, Double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.