Introducing the Choccolocco Monsters!
Oxford, AL – Ignite Sports, the City of Oxford and the Sunbelt Baseball League are proud to unveil a new summer collegiate wood bat team playing on Signature Field at Choccolocco Park, the Choccolocco Monsters!
“This is a historic day in Oxford. On behalf of our City Council and myself, we are so proud to be the first Alabama location for Sunbelt Baseball League’s newest team, the Choccolocco Monsters,” says Oxford Mayor Alton Craft. “Choccolocco Park continues to host many championship events, and this is additional proof to show the growth happening in Oxford. The excitement here today is only a glimpse of what lies ahead for our great city, and we are honored to be taking this step with Ignite Sports and the Sunbelt Baseball League.”
Choccolocco Park is a 300+ acre sports complex that is truly one-of-a-kind in Alabama. The Park not only features a cutting edge field in Signature Field where the Monsters will play, but the park is also home to many softball fields, track and field sites, soccer fields and more athletic amenities all throughout.
The Monsters will be taking part in the Sunbelt Baseball League in the 2022 season that will run from June-August that summer. The Sunbelt league was established in 2005 and is partially funded by Major League Baseball to allow prospective players in college to extend their seasons with more games and gain valuable experience in their development, all while providing family-friendly entertainment to the area all summer long.
Currently, the Sunbelt Baseball League is made up of nine teams (including the Monsters), mainly centered out of Metro Atlanta. The Alpharetta Aviators are the current league champions after defeating the Columbus Chatt-a-Hoots in the championship series last weekend.
We're very proud as a league to be adding the Choccolocco Monsters to our ranks. We are looking forward to a very successful partnership between the league, the City and Ignite Sports to have another quality ballclub in the Sunbelt, says SBL Commissioner Todd Pratt." Adding a team like this no doubt creates more excitement for our fans, the players we hope to recruit to play and of course for the people of Oxford to have a team to call their own. This is another great step forward as we continue to grow as a league to give back to the great game of baseball."
Ignite Sports, the team’s ownership group, is adding their third team and fourth entity into the family with the Choccolocco Monsters. The Monsters join the Columbus Chatt-a-Hoots (also in the SBL), the Columbus River Dragons (FPHL; Hockey) and Historic Golden Park in Columbus (the home of the Chatt-a-Hoots) as entities that Ignite Sports operates. Their track record speaks for itself when it comes to breeding success at the local level in the sports world. Last season the Chatt-a-Hoots set league records for single-game and season total attendance.
“We’re honored to bring SBL baseball to eastern Alabama” newly appointed Team President Scott Brand said. “It’s a beautiful stadium and field here in Oxford and we can’t wait to make it a fun place to bring the family and come watch a ball game. It’s a great product the SBL has, and players are going to want to play in a great facility like this one.”
The Monsters and Ignite Sports are currently in the process of seeking out baseball and business operations to begin the building process of the team on and off the field in 2022.
The Monsters are already on social media, with the handle “BamaMonsters” on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Be sure to follow the pages to stay up to date on everything the new team is doing ahead of their inaugural season. Team colors, uniforms and logos will be unveiled at a later date.
Season tickets for the Monsters 2022 season are already on sale by visiting monsters.isportstix.com. Full season ticket prices run from $100-$220 for a full 14-game+ season in the SBL. The team offices can be contacted for more information at 256-770-9062.