These photos show an ugly side of Hank Aaron Stadium. It's a side not seen by most fans who visit the park. This is Suite 8, where ceiling tiles hang loose and where wires are left exposed. The Baybears lease the stadium from the City of Mobile. It's a 20 year agreement and it's up to stadium management to keep the park in top-notch shape.
"It's all things that are kind of internal and offices and things along those lines and the staff has been good at taking care of the situation there and we're moving forward," said Baybears GM Heath Bennett.
The City of Mobile spends thousands each year to help fund the baseball park. $100,000 was just spent on a new electronic billboard, but what about funding for the actual building and taking care of a city property?
"We've started reaching out we've had people come in for quotes and it's on the radar we're going to take steps to getting that done," said Bennett.
According to stadium officials the lease agreement gives them until 2018 to repair the leaky roof which has sustained damage over the years.
"It is important that we keep all of our facilities safe and as current as we can," said councilman John Williams.
Williams says even though there are areas of the stadium that need attention, he believes the money was well spent on the new scoreboard. It's something he feels will draw more crowds in, and the more crowds that fill the empty seats the better.
"They'll be able to keep up with contests going on as well as all the statistics of the players on the field," said Williams.
The old scoreboard had seen better days according to stadium management and they stand by their decision when it comes to how the money was spent.
The City of Mobile had no comment about the contract agreement late Wednesday afternoon.