Monday night marks the very first baseball game at North Augusta’s brand new SRP Park.
The ball park has been 10 years in the planning phase and 5 years in the making. NewsChannel 6 go a walk-thru before the Soft Opening and the ballpark was planned thoroughly, right down to the nautical lamps, because it’s on the river.
A big SRP Park sign at the main entrance is the first thing fans see as they walk up. Right past the main entrance is a concourse of food vendors, so options are endless, and of course the pro-shop with all new GreenJackets gear. The concourse opens up to the main attraction – the field.
“This place is so much beyond baseball,” said GreenJackets President Jeff Eiseman.
The baseball park doubles as an event center featuring suites with spectacular views, animated LED boards, state-of-the-art lights, private outdoors patios, restaurants and a beer garden.
Eiseman jokes SRP Park easily one of the most instagrammed places in the CSRA.
“We wanted to give people that Disney World wow factor,” he said. “Like the first time you went to Disney World and you couldn’t believe you were there. We wanted to give people that same magical experience when they finally entered the gates of this ball park.”
The weather may not be ideal for the soft opening, but a little rain won’t keep the seats empty. The field design accounted for most weather conditions, which means no tarps needed.
“Had tonight’s game been taking place at Lake Olmstead there was a high probability it would not be able to happen,” Eiseman told WJBF NewsChannel 6.
Rain or shine, it’s time to play ball.
“Talk to me about one thing you would tell fans you have to check out?” Asked NewsChannel 6’s Stefany Bornman.
“I think we walk people to walk around the ballpark. Sure certainly sit down, watch the ballgame, keep score if you’d like, but this ballpark is designed for social aspects and if they really want to get the full experience fo SRP Park, they should walk around this ballpark and just experience it from all different angles.” Eiseman said.
The Greenbrier Wolfpack is taking on the North Augusta Yellow Jackets tonight at 7:05 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:45 p.m.
Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to bring you the latest on this developing story.