SRP Park – Augusta GreenJackets
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The GreenJackets Have Landed in Their New Hive
The Augusta GreenJackets have flown across the Savannah River and are settled into the brand new SRP Park. The team moved shortly before the 2018 season from their former home of 22 years, Lake Olmstead Stadium. SRP Park is in North Augusta, SC and offers a riverfront view just over its right field wall. The 5,000 seat stadium offers a 360 degree concourse, numerous special seating options and a much wider selection of concession offerings.
Food & Beverage 5
The food and beverage menu at SRP is unmatched at the Class A level of minor league baseball. Instead of one or two concession stands selling the usual baseball fare, the stands at SRP Park are also restaurants and specialty food stores by day, and in the off-season as well. They include the Bee Sweet Ice Cream and Candy Store, the Bees-tro, McGavin’s, the Back Nine Grill and the Sweetwater Beer Garden.
Here is a sampling of the items available at SRP Park: pimento cheese sandwiches ($4), chicken tenders ($5), sausages ($6), brats ($4.50), cheeseburgers ($6), fancy burgers ($11), hot dogs ($4), BBQ sandwiches ($6), deep-fried pickles ($5), nachos ($5), pizza ($5), walking tacos ($4), onion rings ($4), a cup of fries ($3.75), pretzels ($4.50), cracker jacks ($4), peanuts ($4), popcorn ($3.75),candy ($4) and ice cream sandwiches ($1).
Adult beverage selections include 20-ounce domestic beers ($5), 20-ounce premium beers ($6) and wine ($5). A wide selection of craft beers is available at the Sweetwater Beer Garden. Other beverages include Coca-Cola brand sodas ($4), Powerade ($4) and bottled water ($3).
When you first see SRP Park, it is hard to believe it is for a Class A ball club. It features amenities usually found in AAA facilities. The first thing you will notice is its beautiful setting on the Savannah River. Upon entering the facility, you see a wonderfully thought out facility with the fan’s enjoyment of the game as the focus. The concourse is wide enough to allow a constant flow of fans with no gridlock. There are several concession areas along each baseline to keep lines to a minimum. The seating bowl is all green theatre style seats with cup holders. All seats are within 15 rows of the field. There are 12 suites in the stadium, with two set aside for game by game rentals.
The outfield section of the stadium offers several fan amenities. The most eye-catching element is the 22 foot X 42 foot LED video board which shows replays throughout the game, as well as providing information of interest to the fans. It is accompanied by a 6 foot X 80 foot message board. The TaxSlayer Terrace is a unique feature in right field. It offers an elevated view of the action if you face one way, or a beautiful view of the Savannah River if you look the other way. Another popular feature is the Kid Zone, a supervised area where parents can drop their children off while enjoying the game. The Kid Zone offers a wide variety of kid-friendly games and inflatables to keep them happy.
The stadium has also set aside a terraced area along the deep right field line for groups to use at the games. The Picnic Patio features tables with umbrellas, food service and other amenities for groups between 20-300 persons. There is a grass berm area along the third base line which is open for any fan at the game to use.
SRP Park is the centerpiece of Riverside Village, a live / work / play development along the Savannah River. Unfortunately, at the time of this review, the stadium is the only structure completed, so the true rating for this section should be TBD (to “bee” determined). The Village will include apartments, condominiums, a senior living facility, an office building, retail shops and several restaurants. A Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center is also under construction. Riverside Village should be fully completed in time for the 2019 season.
Outside of the immediate area of the ballpark is the city of North Augusta. It is known for its many historical structures and for being a wonderful place to go for antiquing. The Highlander British Pub is just a few blocks from the park and is a place for a pre or post-game stop. North Augusta also has a wonderful Living History Park focused on the Colonial Period of our nation’s history.
Longtime GreenJacket fans must pinch themselves when they see the new stadium. The parking availability, the individual seating and the ability to walk around the entire field are all things that were not available at Lake Olmstead. The video board has been very successful in guiding the fans through various cheers and singalongs between innings. Attendance has really spiked with the move to the new stadium, as it is easy to get to and offers so many more amenities than Lake Olmstead did.
The GreenJackets have several special promotions that occur on a weekly basis. Military Mondays salute the servicemen and women who serve at nearby Fort Gordon. The team provides 120 free tickets to the installation each week for the soldiers’ use. The team also wears special military themed jerseys that are auctioned off with proceeds going to the Augusta Warrior Project. Wednesdays are Big Beers, Brats and BBQ Night, with discounts on each of these items in place. Thirsty Thursdays offer discounts on both adult and children’s beverages. Saturdays will offer pre-game concerts with local and national talent performing. Sunday Funday features face painting and the opportunity for kids to run the bases and play catch on the field after the game.
SRP Park is very easy to get to from downtown Augusta. Take the 13th Street bridge across the Savannah River. Turn left at the first intersection onto Railroad Avenue. Continue on Railroad Avenue. SRP Park will be on your left at the base of the hill. From I-20, take South Carolina exit 1. Take SC 230 towards North Augusta. You then turn right onto Carolina Avenue. Follow Carolina Avenue until you reach Georgia Avenue. Turn right onto Georgia Avenue. Turn right at Center Street and then turn right onto Railroad Avenue.
The stadium offers a wide concourse and the flow for fans is excellent. There are plenty of restrooms and concession areas to handle a typical crowd and you should not experience any lines as a result.
Return on Investment 5
There are several ticket levels for GreenJacket games. Batter’s Box seats are $14, Dugout seats are $11, Reserved seats are $10 and General Admission/Standing Room Only seats are $9. There is a $1 discount on each ticket level if you purchase more than a day ahead of the game.
Parking is $5 in the city parking deck and a golf cart shuttle will deliver you directly in front of the stadium and return you to the deck after the game. The concessions at SRP Park are quite diverse and are reasonably priced considering the high quality of the menu items.
There are discussions underway to have boats ferry fans over from the Georgia side of the river and dock just outside the stadium.
The North Augusta Greenway Trail is located just outside the stadium and runs along the river for seven miles.
The Hive Pro Shop offers a much wider selection of GreenJackets merchandise than was available at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
The new SRP Park has GreenJacket fans buzzing with excitement. The stadium offers amenities not usually found in a Class A ballpark. The facility offers theatre style seating, a 360-degree concourse, a top of the line scoreboard and a magnificent view of the Savannah River beyond the right field wall.
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