The Birmingham Barons will open their gates for the final two games at Regions Park allowing fans to see the Barons take on the Chattanooga Lookouts free of charge. General admission seating for Sunday, September 2nd and Monday, September 3rd will be free for all fans as the Barons say 'Thank You' to Hoover for 25 years of support. No ticket will be required as fans can sit in any of the Regions Park general admission areas.
Throughout the final homestand, the Barons will show their appreciation and gratitude for Hoover by recognizing Hoover Parks and Recreation Board members as well as other Hoover officials before and during each game. Current Barons players will greet fans entering the ballpark each game. A special tribute video will be shown during the games featuring current White Sox players, former Barons legends and current players and coaches. There will also be post-game fireworks following the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The Barons will also pay tribute to the numerous Hoover area employees that have been part of Barons baseball over the past 25 years including the Hoover Police, Barons ushers, parking staff and the Regions Park Medical staff. Allen Pate, who threw out the first ceremonial first pitch at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in 1988, will throw out the final ceremonial first pitch during the season finale on September 3rd.
"The City of Hoover has enjoyed the long-term relationship with the Barons organization," said Hoover Mayor Gary Ivey. "We wish them the best in their future endeavor."
"On behalf of the Birmingham Barons, we would like to thank the people of Hoover for their long time support of the Barons," said Barons owner Don Logan. "We also want to thank Mayor Ivey and his staff for their excellent leadership, vision and professionalism. Our community will continue to thrive under their watch."
Regions Park has been the home of the Birmingham Barons since 1988, during which time over 7,000,000 fans have passed through the turnstiles. The Barons won Southern League Championships in 1989, 1993 and 2002 while playing in Hoover and provided fans with the opportunity to see future stars including Mike Cameron, Bo Jackson, Mark Buehrle, Ray Durham, Carlos Lee, Magglio Ordonez, Frank Thomas, Robin Ventura and Bobby Jenks. Most famously, NBA legend Michael Jordan played his lone season in baseball as part of the Barons in 1994 while on sabbatical from Basketball. During the 1994 season, the Barons set numerous attendance records, drawing 467,867 fans to Hoover Metropolitan Stadium including a franchise-record 16,247 fans during Jordan's final Saturday home game.
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