It was around that time of Smith-Wills Stadium's completion, that the New York Mets were hunting for a new stadium to move their Double-A operations to. The team had been bouncing around from Tim McCarver Stadium in Memphis to Riverside Stadium in Victoria Texas, not really finding a place that would "stick".  They would come and visit the new ballpark here in Jackson and know that this is what they were looking for. They signed a long term PDC in 1975 and Jackson would become the home of the Double-A Mets for 16 long years.