While the Birmingham Barons are counting on pleasing a big crowd at their Wednesday night home opener, the ball club's success is also important to getting folks back to downtown Birmingham.
Many local businesses hope to benefit from the increased traffic.
"We are honored to be a part of this process. There is a lot of things happening in Birmingham be it the entertainment district, the Westin Hotel or Railroad Park," Barons general manager Jonathan Nelson said.
Across the street from Regions Field is Good People Brewing. Their craft beer, brewed right in Birmingham, will be sold at Regions Field. One of the co-owners says the ball park should give their business and the area more exposure.
"The lofts, Railroad Park and the baseball field. It's a great opportunity to reintroduce people to this part of town. It's a great area with a lot of things going on," Jason Malone said.
Over at Railroad Park at George's Box Car Cafe they too are expecting to benefit from the ballpark.
"I think this area is going to explode. I think this is a great area that is getting ready to be known. The park, the way they did the park and Barons. I think this area is on the verge of something," Pete Triantos with the cafe said.
Other residents agree with the business owners.
"I think they will have restaurants, shopping; you know they will have shopping and it going to bring it out. It's going to be the focal point of Birmingham," Marion Howard said.
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