NORTH AUGUSTA – A long and grueling process for Augusta GreenJackets leadership is starting to bear fruit.
The latest example came Friday when GreenJackets president Jeff Eiseman made a presentation highlighting their future ballpark’s features during a North Augusta Chamber of Commerce breakfast.
The presentation came two days after the GreenJackets announced their long-anticipated groundbreaking ceremony for May 25 at what’s tabbed Riverside Village at Hammonds Ferry. Construction has been well underway, but Eiseman’s presentation and next week’s groundbreaking are official signs that baseball will soon be played in North Augusta.
“I’ve always been optimistic and maybe a little bit of a troublemaker,” Eiseman said. “I’ve stuck to my guns and we’ve pushed this thing in some form or fashion for almost a decade. It’s been needed. Sometimes better late than never. This site and where it’s going is the part that’s got me the most excited. It’s worth the wait.”
In front of a large audience in North Augusta’s Municipal Building, Eiseman detailed various features for the baseball stadium expected to be completed for April 2018.
A 360-degree concourse was the first highlight mentioned. Fans will be able to walk completely around the ballpark with views of the field throughout, allowing them the ease of getting concessions or walking while not missing on-field action.
The Savannah River will be beyond the right field wall and is integrated with a home run porch that offers views of the river and baseball field on each side. There will also be a beer garden open year-round just outside the park next to the river.
Other features new to baseball in Augusta were mentioned, such as a high-definition video board and LED lighting for stadium lights. All regular seating is theater-style “with comfort in mind,” Eiseman said, and there will be no bleacher seating.
“You have neat little nooks and crannies inside the ballpark that provide a different perspective,” he said. “Everywhere that they go inside this park, it’s going to provide a different vantage point and unique experience.”
Eiseman said a seating website will launch next week ahead of the groundbreaking ceremony that will offer rendered views of the ballpark from each seat, as well as ticket prices, to give fans a chance to see their view before purchasing a season ticket.
The second-level suites are already sold out and there’s now a waiting list. There will be roughly 281 club seats that are padded, offer a climate-controlled area and private entrance into the stadium, and there will be private outdoor suites on field level.
Despite it being an enhanced ballpark with new amenities, ticket pricing for regular seating is expected to remain within the same range as Lake Olmstead Stadium, from $6 to $17, according to the presentation.
Eiseman also touted plans to make the ballpark a year-round destination by bringing entertainment acts, exhibitions, and regional and area sports beyond baseball.
“This ballpark is designed not only for the people who are the purists and want to watch the game, but also creates a whole lot of elements for people who really just want to be out and be with friends and family in the community,” Eiseman said.
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