MADISON, Ala. (WAFF) - The first Trash Pandas baseball game at Toyota Field in Madison is less than 60 days away. If you drive by the stadium, you’ll see a lot of red dirt.
WAFF talked to the team owner and a spokesman for the company developing Town Madison, more than 500 acres around the stadium.
“Over $600 million in announcements have been made in economic activity so far," said Breland Properties spokesman Joey Ceci. "We expect that number to really double or triple over the next year to 18 months.”
Ceci says there are big plans for the surrounding area.
“Margaritaville is coming over near the center field wall, as well as a 220-room dual branded Marriott that will be across from the stadium. There are lots of hotel options coming. Lots of restaurants coming, Outback Steakhouse has already been announced. We have about five or six more that we’re working with to bring to the property,” said Ceci.
Breland Properties is also building homes on some of the Town Madison land. An apartment complex inside the development already has tenets.
Margaritaville and the lazy river will be built and open summer of 2021.
Town Madison is a five-year plan. Their baseball neighbors, the Trash Pandas, are on a different schedule. The first game is 56 days away.
The Trash Panadas’ owner, Ralph Nelson, says the parking lot with 2,400 spaces will be complete in plenty of time for opening day.
“There’s plenty a buffer," said Nelson. “We have a season ticket holder event on March 7. We’re going to put tickets on sale March 14. We have four college games and three high school games and we anticipate absolutely no issues whatsoever.”