Hunstville Stars Host Final Home Opener In Maintenance-Plagued Ballpark
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Wednesday night marks the final home opener for the Huntsville Stars. Next season, the team will be based out of Biloxi, Mississippi.
The Stars will take on the Pensacola Blue Wahoos tonight. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Joe Davis Stadium.
Concerns about maintenance issues at the once-popular ballpark prompted a letter from the Huntsville City Attorney’s office to the Stars last season. The city owns Joe Davis Stadium and leases it to the Stars. Huntsville City Councilman Bill Kling and other city officials told WHNT News 19 that the Stars never sent any formal response or even acknowledgement of the letter, further compounding an already fractured relationship between the team and city.
What if any action could be taken remains to be seen. City officials said they first want to see how the stadium operates on opening night before making any decisions. A malfunctioning scoreboard and public address system were listed as the top concerns by city officials.
“I’m saying we’ve got a problem, we’ve brought it to their attention, and we’re expecting them to be good neighbors,” said Kling. “If they’re not, then the city could step in, do the necessary repair work and then hold back the appropriate amount of funds that would normally go to the Huntsville Stars.”
Councilman Kling said one area where the city could potentially recoup money is parking lot revenues, a sector the city currently lets the team manage.
As for the action on the field, fans should see some familiar faces. Fan favorite Josh Prince is returning after a season in the majors. Jason Rogers is also back after leading the league in RBIs a season ago.