Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium – Montgomery Biscuits

by | Apr 7, 2017 | Lloyd Brown, MiLB | 0 comments

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Buttered Up Baseball

The Montgomery Biscuits are the AA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays and are members of the Southern League. They moved into the brand new Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium before the 2004 season. The stadium has a capacity of 7,000, which includes lawn seating along the deep right field foul line and wrapping around into right field. The dimensions of the park are 314 feet to left field, 401 feet to dead center and 332 feet down the right field line. The stadium offers 20 luxury suites, with five built into the old train shed and the remainder along the third baseline. The stadium also features the largest video board in the Southern League.

Food & Beverage 4

Riverwalk Stadium offers a wide variety of dining options through two primary concessions stands (the Train Station Railyard and Railyard Concessions) along with a number of item specific food carts located throughout the concourse of the stadium. The primary stands menus include hot dogs ($4), brats ($5.25), BBQ sandwiches ($8), chicken sandwiches ($7.25), fries ($4.50), chips ($1), pretzels ($4), nachos ($4), and peanuts ($4). Beverage options include sodas ($4), bottled water ($3), and draft beer ($6.75). The Dixieland Ice Cream stand offers Helmet Sundaes ($6), waffle cones ($5), root beer floats ($5.50) and an ice cream cookie sandwich ($4.50).

The portable food carts carry names such as Snow Cones, Dippin Dots, The Sausage Shack, South of the Border, Margaritaville, and of course a gourmet biscuit stand. Among the biscuit bevy are a plain biscuit ($3), biscuits with toppings ($3.50), chicken biscuits ($4.75), biscuits and gravy ($4), and a strawberry shortcake biscuit ($4). If that does not butter your biscuit, you can also visit the Biscuit Basket team store which carries both food items as well as very unique team paraphernalia. The Biscuits offer specials several nights of the week such as Tuesday Dollar Dogs, Wednesday Food Fest (a revolving set of food items are on special) and Thirsty Thursday Drink specials.

Fans can also access the Club Car Bar inside the old railroad shed after the 5th inning. Prior to the game and up through the end of the 4th inning, the bar is only available to season ticket holders and large groups.

Atmosphere 4

The Biscuits home field is a masterpiece of adaptive restoration, as the team has converted an old railroad train shed into the main feature of the stadium. You will enter through the shed to your seats, passing through a large room where goods to be shipped on the trains were stored. Many of the elements of the stadium include railroad themed names such as the Club Car Bar, the Locomotive Loft, the Whistle Stop Grille and the Railyard concession stand. If that is not enough, a very active rail line passes just beyond the left field wall, with several trains passing within a typical ballgame.

As advertised in the name of the stadium, the Alabama Riverwalk runs from the stadium up the shoreline of the Alabama River for three miles. There are numerous historical markers both inside and outside the stadium outlining what life on the river was like over the years. When you pair the unique design of the stadium with the very unique name of the team, you are guaranteed of having a great time at the ballpark.

All of the uniqueness of the stadium and the team name mean nothing if you do not put a good product on the field. The Biscuits have won two Southern League Championships and were named as the Top team in AA baseball by MiLB in 2015. Sixty-two Biscuit players have gone on to the major leagues including such notable players as Evan Longoria and David Price.

Neighborhood 3

The construction of the Riverwalk and the stadium has made the area surrounding the park into a hotspot for Montgomery nightlife. Restaurants within walking distance of Riverwalk Stadium include Dreamland Bar B-Que, Wintzell’s Oyster House and Alley Station. The Railyard Brewing Company is a popular spot for an after game drink. Hotels located nearby include a Marriott, an Embassy Suites and a Renaissance Hotel.

As a state capital, Montgomery has a number of historical sites worth visiting. The very attractive State Capitol building is nearby, as is the first White House of the Confederacy. On the opposite end of the civil rights spectrum but also located nearby are the Civil Rights Memorial and the Rosa Parks Museum.

Fans 3

Montgomery has a long history of minor league baseball and the locals follow the team very closely. Many former Biscuits have gone on to major league stardom and fans are very proud of that fact. The fans really turn up their enthusiasm when their in-state rivals, the Mobile Bay Bears and the Birmingham Barons come to town. Leading the cheers are Big Mo, the team’s lovable and tubby biscuit eating mascot as well as Monty, the team’s adorable biscuit with a butter pat tongue.

Access 3

Riverwalk Stadium is conveniently located off exit 1 of I-85. Just follow the signs directing you to the state capitol, turn left on Madison Avenue and right on Coosa Street. Parking is plentiful in a parking deck across the street from the stadium or one block away at the entrance to the Alabama Riverwalk. The stadium is low to the ground due to its original design as a railroad building. Concourses are very wide and easily navigated. The outfield lawn seating is very gently sloped so it is not difficult to walk down. Be sure to get to the game early as the lawn is a very popular area for families with young children.

Return on Investment 4

A night or day out at a Biscuits game will not blow your budget. Tickets sold prior to the day of the game receive a $1 discount. The discounted prices are $13 for a Super Box Seat (between the dugouts), $11 for Box Seats (behind the dugouts) and $9 for General Admission/Lawn seating. Parking at Riverwalk Stadium is a very reasonable $5. Hotel prices in Montgomery are well below what you would pay in a major city. Each day of the week features a discount on a drink, food item or souvenir from the Biscuit Basket.

Extras 3

The site of Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium was used as a Confederate prison during the Civil War.

Each year the baseball season is kicked off by the Capital City Classic. This is the baseball equivalent of the Iron Bowl as it pits the University of Alabama baseball team against the Auburn University baseball team. The game is always a sellout so order your tickets well before the season starts.

The Alabama Riverwalk is just beyond the left field fence. It runs for three miles along the river and features an amphitheater, a riverboat and a statue honoring Montgomery native and country music icon Hank Williams.

Final Thoughts

Overall, Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium is a quiet little gem of a ballpark. It’s not grandiose and shiny like its northern neighbor in Birmingham and/or an ocean paradise like its southern neighbor in Pensacola. But it’s local, friendly and casual and gives you the feeling that you’ve found something special that only a few know about, as opposed to making a pilgrimage to a sports mecca that everyone has seen. It’s definitely worth getting in on that secret and enjoy a biscuit while you’re there.

Food and Drink Recommendations

Railyard Brewing Co

12 W Jefferson St

Montgomery, AL 36104

(334) 262-0080

http://tavernandporterroom.com/


Wintzell’s Oyster House

605 Dauphin St

Montgomery, AL 36602

(251) 432-4605

http://www.wintzellsoysterhouse.com/index.php


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Entertainment Recommendations

The Hank Williams Museum

118 Commerce St

Montgomery, AL 36104

(334) 262-3600

http://thehankwilliamsmuseum.net/


Alabama State Capitol Building

600 Dexter Ave
Montgomery, AL 36104

(334) 242-3935

http://visitingmontgomery.com/play/alabama-state-capitol-building


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Lodging Recommendations

 

Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center

201 Tallapoosa St

Montgomery, AL 36104

(334) 481-5000

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mgmbr-renaissance-montgomery-hotel-and-spa-at-the-convention-center/


 

Hampton Inn & Suites Montgomery-Downtown

100 Commerce St

Montgomery, AL 36104

(334) 265-1010

http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/alabama/hampton-inn-and-suites-montgomery-downtown-MGMDNHX/index.html


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Stadium Info

Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium
200 Coosa St
Montgomery, AL 36104

Montgomery Biscuits website

Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium website

Year Opened: 2004

Capacity: 7,000

 

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