Rickwood was such a classic field that perhaps any new stadium would have ultimately failed. Now consider how historic Rickwood was and just how much of a stark contrast this ballpark is. Nearly a complete 180 degree turnaround. Perhaps too much for the people who loved the classic style of the old ballpark. If Birmingham had gone retro, at least they could have kept a few fans who demanded the historic look into the game. We love the idea of a modern new ballpark… but Birmingham is perhaps, the one place in this country where that idea couldn't work.