■ Contributed by Samantha Magnuson,
City of Madison
Walt Whitman so wisely put, “I see great things in baseball.
It’s our game – the American game.” If baseball promises to
be America’s favorite pastime, then the North Alabama region is
delivering a huge win! The AA Minor League Trash Panda nation
is captivating a crowd, and the Town Madison district as a whole
is thriving – keeping pace with multiple economic development
news items in our region.
Anchoring the project, a 7,000-seat multi-use venue will house
the Rocket City Trash Pandas in addition to activities including
corporate gatherings, movies in the park, concerts, and other
community attractions. The 150-room Margaritaville Resort directly
adjacent to the ballpark will allow patrons to soak in the
lazy river resting just beyond the outfield. “With Margaritaville in
our back yard, I anticipate fans traveling to stay for the weekend
or even our locals taking time for a staycation,” says Ralph Nelson,
managing partner and CEO of the Rocket City Trash Pandas.
“The community support around the team has been electric. We
haven’t even thrown out the first pitch, and the Trash Pandas
shattered every known Minor League Baseball record for brand
popularity.” Nelson says they also plan to announce a concert series
in the coming months.
With over two and a half miles of interstate frontage along Interstate
565, Town Madison is a regional development that will attract
visitors to see a ballgame, spend the night, and to shop and dine.
Recent announcements include Duluth Trading Company and new
hotel attractions, the likes of which our region has not experienced
before. “With the addition of this multi-use venue and construction
of the road infrastructure, Town Madison is off and running,” said
land developer Louis Breland. “National and regional retailers and
restaurants are working with us every day to find their spot in this
development. “It’s truly exciting to see construction taking place,
creating a genuine live, work, and play environment.”
Along with an Avid Hotel and Hilton Garden Inn, a 12-field
travel baseball complex called Pro Player Park is also joining the
lineup with new restaurants being announced this Spring. With
over 500 acres in Town Madison, you can expect to see announcements
of new tenants and exciting projects for years to come.
Residents and commuters can see the progress just off of I-565
in Madison. A full interchange close to Zierdt Road will positively
impact the booming growth of the district. The steel frames and
constant buzz of construction remind us that by year’s end, Town
Madison and the multi-use venue will be open for business. Until
then, you can find me happily humming “Take Me Out to the Ball