The City of Madison is proud to announce the official signing of a lease, license and management agreement with Ballcorps LLC to bring Minor League baseball to Madison and the Town Madison development. The multi-use venue located in the heart of the Tennessee Valley remains an ideal location to capture regional attraction for this destination district, anchored by AA Minor League Baseball. This exciting accomplishment allows the City and Ballcops to move forward with next steps, as well as finalizing multiple infrastructure supports including the full interchange for the Town Madison District.
“We are excited to partner with Ralph Nelson and his team. City Council, Mayor, and staff have worked earnestly to take appropriate steps for our community to ensure success in this endeavor. After a detailed feasibility study, we are assured that this venture will support not only economic development in the City of Madison, but also create revenue for our school system and infrastructure needs as well.” says Mayor Paul Finley.
This long-term commitment will transform the Town Madison project, additionally the entire southern area of Madison City. "The potential economic impact this venue can bring to our City is tremendous. We appreciate the due diligence that our Council, Mayor and staff have put into considering this agreement. We hope Madison residents will use and enjoy economic, recreational and community opportunities through this development.” says Mary Beth Broeren, Madison City Director of Planning and Economic Development.
Management of the team and a large portion of the ownership group will remain local to Madison. “We’ve been working for close to a year to become part of the Madison community. After personally spending 25 years working in Major League Baseball, I have just recently learned how Minor League teams provide such joy to families in cities such as Madison. We are so excited to be able provide an affordable and exciting destination to the great people of Northern Alabama. We look forward to the memories we will create together.” BallCorps Managing Partner, Ralph Nelson comments.
BallCorps will now begin the process of requesting permission to relocate its team from Mobile to Madison. The Southern League, Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball will all take part in granting the permissions necessary. The partnership looks forward to the numerous events to be held at the multi-use venue, creating a true highlight attraction in the City of Madison.