Mayor Todd Strange tells all about the history of Riverwalk Stadium, as well as its effect on the surrounding community.
The capital city has always had a baseball history. From 1912 to 1980, the Montgomery Rebels played in several different leagues before moving to Birmingham. In 1981, the team was renamed the Birmingham Barons. There was always a vision to have baseball in the capital city again. In 2004 the Montgomery Biscuits, a Double-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, came to Montgomery that year.
Therefore, it was the start to major redevelopment to downtown Montgomery. It wasn’t long until a four-star hotel opened down the street from Riverwalk Stadium.
In 2008, The Renaissance Hotel opened and started to draw more people to downtown Montgomery. Attached to the hotel is the state-of-the-art Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. It has 1,800 seats suitable for concerts, opera, comedy, dance and children’s shows. The Montgomery Convention Center also opened in 2008 along with the hotel.
If a minor league team hadn’t come to Montgomery, there wouldn’t be The Alley which is home to many restaurants including: Central, Saza, Wasabi, Jalepeños, and more. “Not only was it a huge economic boom for Montgomery, but more of a marketing boom,” says Mayor Strange. The Biscuits baseball team is known world-wide for their unique name. The minor league team got its name from a fan who submitted it in the “name-the team” contest. What could be a more southern name than the Montgomery Biscuits? As a result, they instantly became known for selling biscuits at games and shooting them into the crowd from “biscuit cannons.” The Montgomery Biscuits brought more attention to the already historic capital city and attracted a whole new crowd.
“Anything that’s good about Montgomery wraps up in Riverwalk Stadium and the Biscuits,” Mayor Strange.
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