A big league symbol of progress that has become the crown jewel in Birmingham’s revitalization efforts in the city’s center. A ballpark in an intriguing neighborhood with a design that is custom-made for the Magic City.
“It’ll never work,” they said. “Baseball? Downtown? No way.” Corporate Realty Development led the team with partners Robins & Morton and Brasfield & Gorrie for the design and construction of a brand-new baseball stadium adjacent to the Park. The $64M project was met with its share of naysayers, but our unique vision and belief in Birmingham convinced us it wasn’t just possible, but necessary for the potential growth of downtown Birmingham. We broke ground on February 2, 2012 and completed the development on April 10, 2013, Opening Day of the Birmingham Baron’s 2013 season.
A baseball stadium can be a catalyst for new development. Understanding this, Birmingham swung for the fences. The result? An award-winning 8,500-seat stadium that has become one of Birmingham’s most celebrated accomplishments in the last century. According to appraisal data from Jefferson County, Alabama, the area saw an increase of 114% on average between 2013 and 2014. Since then, values have continued to increase with more than 45 developments either completed or underway within the district.
Regions Field was designed to be an inclusive destination with food, fun, and festivities to spare. During a game, fans are able see many different people enjoying the game together, families on the grass areas with their blankets spread out and people that simply enjoy walking around the stadium to visit with friends. Its views of the skyline and Red Mountain, incredible banquet hall and steel-mill exterior are just a few of its outstanding features. Truly, Minor League parks of the future will be measured against Regions Field.
In 2013, its opening season, Regions Field was awarded baseballparks.com “Ballpark of the Year,” and the Barons liked their new home so much that they won the Southern League Championship, winning five times over the visiting Mississippi Braves.
- $64 Million
- Corporate Realty Development
- HKS, Inc., Hoskins Architecture, GA Studio
- Robins & Morton, Brasfield & Gorrie
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