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Nashville developer acquires Lexington Legends & Wild Health Field

(October 28, 2022, New York, N.Y.) –Nathan and Keri Lyons have acquired the Lexington Legends of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) along with Wild Health Field and its real estate as part of the transaction from Andy Shea, owner and CEO of Stands, LLC, and other affiliated companies. The announcement was made October 28th, 2022 by Atlantic League President Rick White.

Lyons is the Founder and CEO of Vintage South Development. Vintage South develops, owns, and operates commercial and residential properties in Nashville and other markets, combining the charm and character of the past with modern innovation and refinement. The game of baseball has been instrumental in Lyons’ life, and the goal of minor league baseball ownership was a natural fit. The Lyons reside in Nashville, Tennessee and have two children, Lottie and Lander.
 

“Today is an exciting day for our family,” said Lyons. “Our commitment to the City of Lexington and surrounding areas will allow us to offer a best-in-class fan experience. Our investments into the club and Wild Health Field will pay immediate dividends for all Legends fans. This is a great sports town and we look forward to continuing with the winning tradition set by all Lexington teams.”

Shea and his family have owned the Legends since 2005 when William Shea and Susan Martinelli Shea (Andy's father and mother, respectively) purchased the club and the ballpark. Shea will depart from his role as President and CEO of the Legends, leaving behind a team and organization he has been with since joining as a ticket sales representative in 2005.


"It's definitely a unique and special moment for me and our family. We love Lexington and the fans who have supported us throughout the years," said Shea. "This has been our home and our business for nearly 18 years. This will allow me to spend more time with my family, wife, and kids. Our staff and our employees have been amazing and we are so very appreciative of them. We are confident that our staff will be in good hands with Nathan, as he will do great things for the Legends, Wild Health Field and the City of Lexington."


Shea will now focus his time and energy on the Charleston Dirty Birds of the ALPB, where he will continue in his role as President & CEO.

"We are delighted to welcome Nathan and Keri Lyons to the Atlantic League," said Rick White, ALPB President. "They have ambitious plans for the team and the ballpark which will build upon Lexington's deep professional baseball legacy. We look forward to their contributions to the league for many years to come." 


About the Lexington Legends

The Lexington Legends are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, playing all home games at Wild Health Field in Lexington, Kentucky since joining the ranks of professional baseball in 2001. The Legends won the 2021 Atlantic League championship in their first year in the ALPB. Tickets for the 2023 ALPB season, including season tickets and mini-plans and group outings are available by calling 859-422-RUNS (7867), online at lexingtonlegends.com, or by visiting the Lexington Legends front office.


About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

The Atlantic League is the first Professional Partner League of Major League Baseball, a player gateway to the major leagues, and a leader in baseball innovation. ALPB has sent over 1,000 players to MLB organizations while drawing over 42 million fans to its family friendly ballparks throughout its 24-year history. Please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.

 



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