The discouraging attendance cause Jackson to leave the league after only one season. Smith Wills Stadium was without baseball for the first time since it opened in 1975. The drought didn't last long and by 2002 the independent Central Baseball League (known as the American Association today) placed a team in Jackson. In order to bring back some level of nostalgia for the 2003 season, the team changed its name to the Jackson Senators… the name of the team that played in Jackson throughout the 40's and 50's. Jackson seemed to miss baseball during the lost season, and began coming back to the ballpark. 72,000 came through the gate in 2002, and by 2003 the Jackson Senators were actually a great team.