Toyota Field in Madison, AL, is the home of the Rocket City Trash Pandas, the Los Angeles Angels' Southern League farm team. Only three years before the ground-breaking, nearby Huntsville, AL, lost the Huntsville Stars because of the condition of Joe W. Davis Municipal Stadium.
It was originally expected to open in 2019, but owners eased a tight timetable by keeping their just-purchased Mobile BayBears in Mobile one more season. The stadium received its certificate of occupancy February 27, 2020 - in plenty of time for the projected debut season, but the Coronavirus pandemic killed that campaign. Toyota finally opened with a bang in 2021, ending the Birmingham Barons' seven-season hold on the circuit's attendance crown while leading all of Double-A and landing 10th in the minors.
The franchise inhabiting Toyota Field is the most traveled in the old Southern League: Founded in 1938 in Greenville, SC, it has also called home: Montgomery, AL; Knoxville, TN; Asheville, NC; Charlotte, NC; Fort Mill, SC; Nashville, TN; Wilmington, NC; and Mobile. The Nashville stretch was a rare shared-ballpark situation, with the Nashville Sounds sharing Greer Stadium with the former Charlotte Knights playing as the Nashville Xpress.
|Current ballparks in the Southern League|
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|AT&T Field | Regions Field | Smokies Stadium | Toyota Field||Blue Wahoos Stadium | MGM Park | Riverwalk Stadium | Trustmark Park|