Hoover, Ala. -- The Birmingham Barons have announced a new partnership with Regions Financial Corporation as the naming rights sponsor for their new downtown ballpark set to open in 2013. The ballpark will be named "Regions Field."
The naming rights agreement was announced at a groundbreaking event held on the site of the future ballpark. Mayor William A. Bell Sr., Barons owner Don Logan, and representatives from the development team joined John Turner, central region president, Regions Financial, to commemorate the start of construction. Regions has been a sponsor of the Barons since 2007.
"The Barons are thrilled to continue and expand our relationship with Regions," Barons owner Don Logan said. "Throughout the process, they've understood the importance of corporate support in maintaining family affordable entertainment options for our community."
Regions Field is part of a comprehensive plan to revitalize downtown Birmingham in tandem with Railroad Park and other area development. The construction process is expected to take 12-14 months with the Ballpark scheduled to open for Opening Day in April 2013.
"Today we break ground on a project that honors the proud history of this community and creates new opportunities for recreation, competition, and economic growth in Greater Birmingham," Regions' central region president, John Turner said. "We applaud the efforts of Mayor Bell, the Birmingham City Council, the Barons, and the many corporate and civic leaders who've made Regions Field possible and we look forward to welcoming baseball fans, players, and businesses to the new ballpark in 2013."
The 2012 Birmingham Barons season begins on Thursday, April 5 against the Jacksonville Suns, Double-A affiliate of the Florida Marlins, with the home opener set for Tuesday, April 10 versus the Huntsville Stars, Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. For ticket information, game schedule, or promotions calendar, call (205) 988-3200 or visit barons.com, facebook.com/birminghambarons and twitter.com/bhambarons.
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