With an upgraded airport, fresh restaurants, and great music venues, it’s no secret we love our hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. Now, the Magic City has the oldest (Rickwood Field) and the newest ballparks in the country. We were there for Opening Day on Wednesday as the Birmingham Barons played at their new home, Regions Park, and can’t help but gush.
The location couldn’t be better. The Barons have played out in Hoover, Alabama, for the last 26 years, and Regions Field marks a return to downtown Birmingham. The ballpark counts Railroad Park and local watering hole Good People Brewing Company as neighbors. Inside, there’s a larger team shop, rocking chairs, and soon, a Dreamland Bar-B-Q stand. You can walk all the way around the park to see views such as the one above of the Birmingham skyline from right field.
Former players from what was called the Negro Leagues were recognized before the game. These gentlemen played for teams such as the Kansas City Monarchs and the Birmingham Black Barons back in the 1950s. James “Jake” Sanders (left) of Fairfield, Alabama, even signed his old baseball card.
The Barons played the Mississippi Braves (above) for the inaugural game.
The park had plenty of greenspace in the outfield for fans–bring a blanket for a picnic!
The Barons beat the Mississippi Braves 9 to 5 and the night ended with fireworks.
Tell us: What’s your favorite minor league ball park in the South?