Chronological Tour: Stop 320

Trustmark Park

Third-base entrance to Trustmark Park, Sep-2006.

The seating bowl, as seen from the outfield berm.

A look at the field from behind the plate.

Quick Facts: Rating: 3 baseballs
After spending 22 seasons in Greenville, S.C., the Atlanta Braves’ Double-A team relocated to this park, in the suburbs of Jackson, Miss. This brought affiliated Minor League ball back to the Jackson area for the first time since the Generals moved from Smith-Wills Stadium to Round Rock, Texas following the 1999 season.

While the park is visible from I-20, fans enter the parking lot from two side streets off U.S. Route 80, one of which also leads to a new Bass Pro Shops location. The park has three main entrances, one behind the plate reserved for season ticket olders, one down the first-base line, and one down the third-base line.

The concourse does wrap around the ballpark, although one has to walk quite a distance away from the playing field in order to walk completely around the park thanks to the lack of separation between the concourse and the service road. Many teams have built a bridge over the service road, but not the M-Braves.

I was also disappointed by the lack of a full-time dedicated scoreboard at the park. The main score is kept on a matrix board; between innings the board is used for advertising and so there is no indication of the score of the game. I had the same problem on my 2001 visit to AutoZone Park in Memphis, an otherwise fine facility.

On the other hand, the park does offer the chance to grab some Southern delicacies, like fried catfish, at the concession stand. I had the catfish platter ($7 including fries) and not only was it tasty, it was almost too much to eat. Add the usual Southern hospitality, and I had an enjoyable night at the ball game ... punctuated by a contest that was completed in a remarkable 1:58. The M-Braves beat Montgomery, 2-1.

Game # Date League Level Result
848 Sat 2-Sep-2006 Southern AA MISSISSIPPI 2, Montgomery 1
1388 Sun 26-Jul-2015 Southern AA Mobile 3, MISSISSIPPI 0
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