Hoover Met Stadium aims to book events to draw out of town visitors | News
HOOVER, AL (WBRC)- The city of Hoover is shedding no tears over the loss of the Birmingham Barons to Regions Park in downtown Birmingham.
The Barons played their last game at the Hoover Met last year. Hoover Mayor Gary Ivey said the city is moving forward.
"They were great partners, nothing bad against the Barons but they were not hotel driven. People went out saw the games and went home," Ivey said.
Ivey wants to see more events at the Hoover Met which will fill area hotels and restaurants with visitors. The stadium is looking to bring more festivals, concerts and other events to the Met. This includes keeping the SEC Baseball Tournament and the NCAA Soccer Tournament, which brought 21,000 to the city last year.
"All of our rooms are getting booked with events. Of course we got incredible parking. We can handle up to 4,000 cars, 150 RVs. We got overflow parking at the high school," Ivey said.
Hoover is putting its money where its mouth is. The city spent about $700,000 on a new sound system and about $500,000 on upgrades to the Hoover Met. After the Barons announced they were leaving there was speculations the city would seek another ball team. Ivey said that is not the case now.
"Our staff is so covered up with requests. We are not so sure we want to tie the venue up with a single sport team which it does tie it up a great deal," Ivey said.
The Hoover Met kicks off a season full of events Tuesday night with the UAB and University of Alabama baseball teams squaring off. Mayor Ivey said the Hot Rod Power Tour will also bring thousands of people to the met.
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