Located in the north-central part of the state of Alabama and a city in Jefferson and Shelby counties. Hoover is the largest suburb that is near Birmingham. The city is part of the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Statistical Area. Hoover’s territory is based along the Appalachian Mountains foothills. The city is home to the Riverchase Galleria, the biggest retail and shopping center that is located in the southeast and one of the biggest mixed-use centers in the whole of the United States. The city’s downtown area is a mix of hotels, retail, and office spaces. The Birmingham Barons Minor League Baseball team, whose history can be traced to as early as 1885, played its home games in the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium up until 2013 when it was moved to Birmingham.