NORTH AUGUSTA, SC (WJBF) - As summertime closes out, the Augusta GreenJackets make their way to the final stretch of games for the 2018 season.
"It's baseball, America's pastime. There's nothing better you can do on a summer night than kick back and watch baseball," said Augusta GreenJackets General Manager Brandon Greene.
The Augusta GreenJackets is just two games away from finishing out its first season in SRP Park. Some of the physical differences between SRP Park and the GreenJackets' previous stadium, Lake Olmstead, include walking completely around the park, a video board and a good view of the game from a terrace.
"From the entrance, the front gates, all away around even to upstairs with our suites and club level space, it's just a unique opportunity compared to what we had at Lake Olmstead," added Greene.
The biggest year the GreenJackets had attendance wise at Lake Olmstead Stadium was around 175,000 but at SRP Park, the crowds came in droves.
"After this weekend we'll be around 250,000 total fans would've come to Greenjacket games this year. So we're up about 1,300 fans per game this year compared to the previous 4-5 seasons at Lake Olmstead," explained Greene.
Greene also mentioned a lot more people come out to weekday games at SRP Park compared to Lake Olmstead and season ticket sales have soared. Although for Greene, he believes the GreenJackets are not the only ones profiting from the new stadium.
"It brings families together. It's just a night out. It gives everyone an opportunity to come out and enjoy a night off of the usual speed of life," said Greene.
As for the future of the GreenJackets at their new stadium, it looks promising.
"We're the centerpiece of what's kind of going around definitely during the summer and this spring and hopefully this year in the future we'll have some offseason events that'll bring people down here. Non-summer events such as concerts, fall events, things like that. We're kind of the center of that atmosphere down here and hopefully, we'll continue to do that," said Greene.
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