SRP Park wraps up the baseball season Monday
Monday night’s game wraps up the Augusta GreenJacket’s first season at SRP Park. How did it go?
Brandon Greene, general manager at SRP Park, said the new stadium has been a big success.
“Our highest game we announced this year was on July 3, it’s a little over 6,000 fans on that game, we’re averaging around 4,075 going into our last four games, and in the past at Lake Olmstead [Stadium,] we averaged around 2,700 fans our last year, so we’ve increased about 1,300 fans per game,” Greene said.
The minor league baseball season may be over, but that doesn’t mean an end for events at SRP Park. Greene said staff are planning events for the off-season. Many of them may be private events like holiday parties or trade shows, but there will be 4 to 5, maybe even more, events that are open to the public such as concerts or baseball games.
Country artist Jake Owen played the stadium in June to a crowd of around 5,000 fans.
Greene said the first three games at SRP Park were among the most memorable. On April 9, North Augusta and Greenbrier High Schools played the first baseball game in the stadium. The next night, Clemson University and University of Georgia played each other, and on April 12, the Augusta GreenJackets played their inaugural game at SRP Park,
SRP Park has won two awards naming them Ballpark of the Year, one from Baseballparks.com and one from Ballpark Digest.
“Seeing a nice, family-friendly, full packed environment has been fun,” Greene said.
One thing that has made a difference in the fan experience is being able to walk all the way around the park and watch the game from different angles and views, Greene said, adding that no matter where someone is in the ballpark, they’re still a part of the action.
SRP Park is only the first piece of the puzzle for Riverside Village, the development along the Savannah River where it’s located.
A Crowne Plaza hotel is set to open in December and apartments will be opening in November.
“It’s going to really play into what the really whole project when they put it together was meant to be with the live, work, play atmosphere,” Greene said, mentioning that peple will be able to arrive earlier for games and walk to restaurants, or stay in the hotel.
Greene said there were a few bumps and bruises from opening the new stadium, and that the weather wasn’t always cooperative, but that the season has been great at SRP Park.