Website Names SRP Park Ballpark of the Year
It took longer than expected to build the Augusta GreenJackets’ new stadium, but in its first year of operation, it has already garnered awards.
In early August, BaseballParks.com announced the new SRP Park in Riverside Village in North Augusta is its 2018 Ballpark of the Year. This is the 19th year that the organization has designated a stadium for the award.
Then last week, Ballpark Digest presented the park with its 2018 Ballpark of the Year award.
The BaseballParks.com award was based on the best combination of site selection, exterior appearance, architectural design and fan amenities.
In a press release on the Augusta GreenJackets’ website, Jeff Eiseman of Agon Sports & Entertainment, which owns and operates the GreenJackets, said, “For BaseballParks.com to give us this award is truly an honor. When you have an outside, independent, respected voice that has done its due diligence seeing every ballpark, recognize our ballpark with this award, it’s truly special. It’s affirmation of what we believed. And we’re in tremendous company considering the others that have won it.”
Not surprisingly, the winner of the first BaseballParks.com award in 2000 was AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants and the Major League parent team of the GreenJackets. SRP Park was even designed with AT&T Park in mind.
Other parks to win the award are Pittsburgh’s PNC Park, San Diego’s Petco Park and last year’s Dunkin’ Donuts Park in Hartford, Conn., home of the Double A Hartford Yard Goats.
The award was announced in the Aug. 8 edition of USA Today Sports Weekly by Joe Mock, founder of BaseballParks.com.
“I always enjoy scrutinizing a new park as soon as it opens,” Mock said. “When I visited SRP Park on its opening night, though, I knew instantly that this was a truly special facility – one that will stand out for many years to come. Its riverside location and the way the park’s design takes advantage of that are truly remarkable.”
The honor extends beyond the GreenJackets, though. It is a highly-prized architectural award as well, and honors Tad Shultz of TL Shultz/ISC for his design.
In the press release, North Augusta City Administrator Todd Glover said, “We are thrilled that our stadium is now being recognized nationally. It is symbolic of the excellence that our citizens expect.”
SRP Park and the award also earned accolades from Pat O’Conner, president and CEO of Minor League Baseball.
“SRP Park is the gem we all knew it would be and I am so pleased that BaseballParks.com recognized what a tremendous facility it is,” O’Conner said. “All of the hard work and effort put forth by the ownership group led by Chris Schoen, Jeff Eiseman, Missy Martin and Tom Denlinger was well worth it.”
Mock published an in-depth review of SRP Park on the BaseballParks.com website at baseballparks.com/indepth/srp.
Ballpark Digest Award
Ballpark Digest considered not just its design but also how it is a centerpiece of the Riverside Village area.
Ballpark Digest last year presented its award to the Atlanta Braves’ SunTrust Park and had also honored Columbia’s Spirit Communications Park, Minnesota’s Target Field and Arizona’s Salt River Fields.
“We are incredibly honored to receive the Ballpark Digest 2018 Ballpark of the Year Award,” Eiseman said. “I have personally visited many of the past years’ recipients and to be listed alongside them is truly remarkable. This award belongs to the City of North Augusta. Their leadership and vision made this all possible. The best is yet to come as the Riverside Village district fills out.”
North Augusta Mayor Bob Pettit said the award validates the benefits of public-private ownership.
“SRP Park is the perfect ballpark in the right location is the jewel of our new Riverside Village development,” he said. “I enjoy nothing more than watching the GreenJackets play in this stadium.”
“We expect a lot of things from today’s modern ballparks,” said Kevin Reichard, Ballpark Digest publisher. “We expect them to provide a great fan experience, we expect them to take good care of players, and we expect them to provide tangible benefits for their communities. SRP Park succeeds at fulfilling these expectations.”
More information is available at ballparkdigest.com/2018/08/22/2018-ballpark-of-the-year-srp-park.