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Madison city leaders confirm meetings to consider baseball team

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MADISON, AL (WAFF) -

Madison city leaders confirm they have met with a minor league baseball team ownership group considering a move to north Alabama.

This comes the day after officials in Mobile confirmed the sale of the BayBears.

READ MORE: MLB approves sale of Mobile BayBears to company exploring Madison relocation

BallCorps, the new owners of the BayBears, officially purchased the team on Thursday. The company confirms the team will remain in Mobile through the 2018 season.

"We are thrilled to start a new chapter with this team today," said BallCorps CEO Ralph Nelson. "The Southern League and Minor League Baseball have granted us exploration rights to investigate north Alabama, which is an exciting market, but the organization is still considering all options at this point, including the team remaining in Mobile."

Madison Mayor Paul Finley says the city is exploring an opportunity to build a multi-use venue that could house a minor league team.

“As Madison continues to enjoy tremendous growth, we are committed to enhancing our thriving economy by providing destinations and entertainment options for our citizens.  We have an exciting opportunity to build a multi-use venue in our city that would provide much needed conference, meeting, and event facilities as well as position us to offer the fun, regional entertainment option of minor league baseball.  We anticipate and expect that the construction of a multi-use venue would attract additional family-friendly entertainment as well as new shopping and dining options, which is a request I get from the community every day.” said Mayor Paul Finley. “We are working hard with our City Council to explore this opportunity to enhance our tax base and develop this project in a way that will add to our quality of life.”

The city plans to discuss all aspects of this project including zoning, infrastructure, design, timeline, cost, and financing in the coming weeks.

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