Joe W. Davis Municipal Stadium
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|Joe W. Davis Stadium|
|Location||Huntsville, Alabama United States |
|Huntsville Stars (1985–2014)|
Biloxi Shuckers (2015)
|seated 10,200 (Team website); reported more than 11,600 for baseball (Team historian)|
Joe W. Davis Municipal Stadium in Huntsville, AL, was the home of Huntsville affiliated baseball from 1985 into 2015. During the final season, the former Huntsville Stars of the Southern League began playing in a new ballpark in Biloxi, MS.
Their twice-delayed exit followed the Stars making the 2014 playoffs and construction delays that forced the 2015 Biloxi Shuckers back to "The Joe" for 15 of their first 25 home games with the other 10 at their opponents' playpens. Just 224 fans attended the 2,226th and last professional baseball game played at The Joe.
Named for the mayor whose administration built it, the ballpark faded from being the "Crown Jewel of the Southern League" to the circuit's most dilapidated venue. "Stars" was for Huntsville's aerospace industry and the jazz classic whose title appears on Alabama license plates. The former Nashville Sounds moved into The Joe when the Music City landed Triple-A ball in 1985.
Huntsville is renovating the ballpark into a multi-sport venue the city says will be ready for spring sports in 2023. It will primarily host high school football and a minor-league soccer that will develop players for - ironically - Major League Soccer's Nashville SC. Minor League Baseball is no longer an option: The former Mobile BayBears moved into a new ballpark in the Huntsville suburb of Madison, AL, in 2020, although that season was of course canceled. The Rocket City Trash Pandas began play in 2021, leading Double-A South in attendance. Their territorial rights will keep affiliated baseball out of Huntsville for the foreseeable future.