I grew up on baseball, spending hot summer nights hanging out in the “cheap seats” at the old Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, cheering on the likes of Eddie Murray and my favorite players, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Frank Robinson.
The tantalizing aroma of hot dogs, the sharp sound of a ball cracking against a bat, boisterous fans cheering for the home team or booing against the opposing team; all sensory delights that make me think of my favorite sport, baseball. The local Augusta area has all of that and much more!
With two complimentary tickets in hand, my husband and I recently headed over the Savannah River and visited the new SRP Park in North Augusta, SC. This spectacular marvel of a stadium is home to the Augusta Greenjackets, the Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.
What a night it was to Catch the Buzz!
SRP Park is a dream come true stadium located on the banks of the Savannah River and has been in the works since 2012. The park can seat 5,000 fans and includes many of the latest features, such as high-end video boards, comfortable guest suites, and a seriously cool LED lighting system that can be synchronized to blink on and off.
The 360-degree concourse features drink rails throughout the park and we found this feature quite useful as we waited out a rain-delayed start to the game.
For families, a kid’s area in center field features plenty of inflatables and batting cages and despite the earlier rain, was a hive of kid-friendly fun the night we visited.
I love the concentration on this young batter’s face. Surely she would have scored with that hit!
During the game, Auggie, the team mascot, plays games with the kids in between innings.
The nearby picnic patio area in the right-field corner has plenty of tables for outdoor seating and cornhole game boards to help keep everyone entertained. As a bonus, you’ll see the visiting team up close and personal as they warm up for the game.
The food and beverage options are the best I’ve seen at any minor league ballpark. The usual stadium fare of hotdogs, nachos, and popcorn are menu staples but if you’re feeling adventurous, try the more interesting options such as pimento cheese sandwiches, walking tacos, deep-fried pickles, and fancy burgers.
For a fun summer time treat, the kids eagerly lined up to create their own delicious flavor combination at the Kona Ice machine.
Having previously lived in Asheville, NC, the self-proclaimed craft beer capital of the world, I have to say the beer selections at SRP Park are superior! Craft brew lovers will certainly find something to their liking with offerings from Sweetwater Brewing company, Hi-Wire Brewing, Catawba Brewing Co, and several more. The usual domestic brews are available too.
A building hosting a Sweetwater Brewing bar on the second floor and a smokehouse on the ground level, next to a Sweetwater beer garden, is still under construction but will surely be a favorite spot for many!
There is nothing like sitting outside on a hot summer night in the stands of a baseball field while eating a hot dog, sipping a cold drink and rooting for the home team!
The super fun night ended with a colorful fireworks show and was the perfect ending to a perfect first visit to SRP Park. With all of the amenities offered at the park, my husband and I will definitely be back for more!
Even though the park’s second season for the Augusta Greenjackets at SRP Park is winding down, make plans for a family and budget friendly time at one of the remaining games of the 2019 season. It’s great fun no matter who wins the game!
If you can’t make it before the current season ends, be sure to check out some games next spring and summer. You won’t be disappointed.
Check out the remaining schedule here so you can Catch the Buzz too because you know in Augusta, we say #weruletheriver !
Have you visited SRP Park, or any other baseball game this season? What was your favorite part of the experience? Share your comment below!