Toyota Field Ready for Play

Turner Construction Co. has completed the stadium at Toyota Field in Madison, a $46 million project. The multi-use facility will be the home field of the Rocket City Trash Pandas, a Double-A Minor League baseball team in the Southern League, which will begin playing ball later this year.

Construction on the 160,000-square-foot stadium, located within the Town Madison development, began in mid-2018. Turner Construction served as construction manager for the City of Madison, partnering with general contractor Hoar Construction to complete the stadium on time and under budget. Collaborating on the project were architectural firm Populous and engineers Mullins LLC, Thornton Tomasetti and Henderson Engineers.

The stadium, which has a capacity of 7,000, will also host soccer, football, concerts and other events. The venue offers a variety of seating options, including group celebration decks, corporate suites, a party bar located on a rock outcrop in the outfield seating section, a grass-covered knoll area and general admission seating.

“We’re proud of our work on this stadium, which will be the site of many entertaining nights of sports, as well as happy memories for fans in the years to come,” said Tyce Hudson, manager of business development at Turner Construction Co.

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Mayor Paul Finley said of the completion, “We’re thrilled to have this venue complete and we’re eagerly awaiting the return of Double-A Minor League Baseball to the Tennessee Valley.”

Turner Construction has more than 60 years of experience in working in North Alabama. It opened its Huntsville office in 1955 and has constructed or worked on a number of iconic buildings including the Davidson Center for Space Exploration, the Von Braun Center, Adtran, Raytheon, the Shelby Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and more.

Partners in Toyota Field are stadium owner city of Madison, team owner BallCorps LLC and Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Alabama, which secured the naming rights to the new ballpark.

Work is ongoing on the main parking lot to the west of the stadium, part of the Town Madison project. Town Madison is a 563-acre walkable, urban community, providing a new experience for living, shopping, working, dining and entertaining. The landowner and joint venture partner on Town Madison is Louis Breland, owner of Breland Companies and Smart Living LLC. For the commercial side of the project, the architect is Smith Gee Studio, multi-family developer is Tynes Development Corp., hotel developer is Chance Partners LLC, and hotel manager/developer is PHD Hotels Inc. On the residential side of Town Madison is master plan designer DPZ CoDesign, and town architect Smith Gee Studio.

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