Groundbreaking took place for the new Regions Field located in downtown Birmingham on Thursday, February 2nd, 2012. Construction for the Barons new ballpark took 14 months to complete. In April of 2013, the Birmingham Barons Baseball Club played their first game in their new ballpark. The state-of-the-art 8,500 seat facility in the heart of downtown replaced Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, the home of the Barons since 1988. The crown jewel of Birmingham's newly developed Parkside District, features a variety of unique seating areas, creating an intimate atmosphere and offering unique views of the downtown skyline, UAB, Children's Hospital, Vulcan and Red Mountain.
During development, the design team including HKS, Inc. and Hoskins Architecture worked to ensure that the ballpark drew on the rich heritage and history of Birmingham. In making Regions Field a truly unique ballpark, they considered the city's rich baseball heritage, the civil rights movement and drew heavily on the city's steel manufacturing past. The facade utilizes brick and steel, paying homage to Birmingham's industrial past and blending the ballpark with the surrounding neighborhood. Additional design elements inspired by Rickwood Field and Sloss Furnaces were utilized in the physical design.
With a continued emphasis on providing the most fun and affordable family-friendly entertainment in Birmingham, Regions Field features a variety of unique attractions for fans of all ages including the St. Vincent's Youth Sports Zone, which houses a mini wiffle ball field, the Jefferson County Department of Health Family Fun Park, and the Shipt Batting Cages located in right field.
The SwitchYard on 14th along the first base side of the ballpark under the iconic Birmingham sign is open during all Barons home games and non-gamedays during the season and offseason.
Regions Field offers a spacious 360-degree concourse which allows fans to see the action on the field as they move throughout the ballpark. Fans can also visit the center field entertainment area, which features the Coors Light Cool Zone for adult fans and a Dreamland BBQ Stand.
Regions Field also has a number of group areas perfect for hosting events and parties. The Diamonds Direct Ballroom is a roomy event facility that features views of the playing field, the downtown skyline and Railroad Park while offering year-round access for groups of all sizes. The Parkside Picnic Area and the Outfield Field Berm offer large outdoor areas for groups up to 1,500. The St. Vincent's Home Run Porch, Concourse Suites and Party Suites are available for nightly rentals and provide you and your guests with a unique vantage point of the action on the field.
Regions Field houses 23 fully furnished Luxury Suites as well as a 400-seat Club Seating section, which has access to a VIP Suite Level Lounge. With a host of modern amenities, Regions Field is the perfect destination for families, groups and businesses alike.
2013 Southern League Championship
The Barons christened their new home with a 9-5 win against the Mississippi Braves on April 9th, kick-starting a magical year that saw fans flock to the ballpark in record numbers. A total of 410,186 fans came through the turnstiles during the Inaugural Season, the 4th-highest total in Barons history, helping the Barons to a league-best 44-26 record at home.
The Regions Field trophy case quickly became crowded as the Barons won the Southern League North Division First Half crown and capped the season with the franchise's 14th Championship and first since 2002.
Southern League Attendance
Since moving to Regions Field in 2013 the Barons has lead the Southern League in attendance for seven consecutive seasons.