Mac Sanderson Field at Bill Noble Park

August 29, 2022

G. William Noble Athletic Complex is home to Gardendale Youth Baseball and football programs, as well as sporting a tennis complex and kiddie park.

 It is located at the northern end of Moncrief Road, about ¼ mile from US Highway 31.

Renovations and improvements

Bill Noble Park is a significant part of not only athletics but community involvement as well. In June of 2022, the city broke ground on 32 million dollars in redevelopment for the park. 

This will allow the park to become a year-round destination for sports tourism and provide enjoyment for the local community as well.

Updated facilities

The new construction will update and improve nine baseball/softball fields, eight tennis courts, 11 pickleball courts, and various other sections of the park.

It is expected to be completed by the spring of 2023.

Mac Sanderson Field

One of the areas in-line for an upgrade is the Mac Sanderson Field. The field shares it’s name with one of Gardendale’s most enthusiastic coaches. 

The field was named and dedicated in 2007. Mac Sanderson was at home on both baseball and football fields. Growing up in Gardendale, he actually started coaching at the young age of 14.

He coached generations of the city’s young athletes, giving his time and energy to ensure that the children of Gardendale discovered the joy and love of sports.

His daughters were cheerleaders for his teams and even mascots. Having no sons of his own, he viewed the boys on his teams as his sons, focusing on their well-being and growth, and teaching them the importance of being a team player.

The city honored Mac by naming the field after him and providing an honorary plaque. But it was the city that was honored for being in the presence of such a dedicated coach who loved the city, the people, and his family as much as Mac Sanderson.

He passed away in 2005, leaving behind his three beautiful daughters, Misti Boackle, her twin Kristi Miller, Kelli Wyatt, Brenda, his loving wife, and hundreds of fans who remember the discipline, understanding, and kindness that Mac Sanderson provided.


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