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History of Regions Park

The showcase home of the Birmingham Barons since 1988, Regions Park, formerly known as Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, celebrated its 20th Anniversary during the 2007 season. The Barons played their first official game at the Park on April 16, 1988 against the Greenville Braves.

The facility, part of the Trace Crossings development, is just three miles from the heart of Hoover and the Riverchase Galleria. Regions Park seats 10,800 (3,202 box seats and 7,598 general admission) and the project cost was $14.5 million. It was designed by Gershman, Smith & Partners of Birmingham with Helmuth, Obata & Kassabaum (HOK) of Kansas City. Construction of the 70-acre facility was completed by the Harbert Commercial Construction Division while the Harbert HPS Division served as the project manager. Harbert Properties Group with USR Realty Group (a Subsidiary of USX) formed a joint venture to develop the property, located off Highway 150 South near the intersection of I-459 and Highway 150.

Region Park features 12 luxury stadium suites, a large banquet area overlooking the 3rd base line, two picnic areas (left and right field) and two full-sized, double-decker press boxes (baseball and football). Parking is provided for approximately 3,000 cars.

Since the stadium opened in 1988, improvements have included a state-of-the-art video scoreboard and new catering facilities for Grand Slam Catering. Also, the Park received a rebuilt infield surface, a new warning track and an addition to the Barons Clubhouse Shop in the concourse.

Before the 2007 season, Regions Park saw the most significant changes and improvements in its history, part of a $4.5 million renovation of the facility. In addition to a brand new stadium façade, each of the stadium's approximately 3,200 box seats were replaced with brand new chairs complete with cup-holders. Both the baseball and football press boxes underwent a drastic transformation as a second level was added to each. Finally, a new ticket window, to be used during the Park's largest events, was added down the third-base line.

Regions Park is owned by the City of Hoover, and the Barons serve as the facility managers and primary tenant. The Park is also home to numerous other events during the year, including Hoover High School football and baseball games, collegiate sporting events, concerts, circuses, high school band competitions and food festivals.