This is the 19th straight year that BaseballParks.com has presented its Ballpark of the Year Award, and the honor for 2018 goes to SRP Park, the first-year home of the Augusta GreenJackets of the Class A South Atlantic League.
Read our thoughts on the two new pro parks of 2018 here. This article also appeared in USA TODAY Sports Weekly.
Check out the press release announcing the award that went to media outlets. It provides reaction from the owner of the GreenJackets, the City Administrator for North Augusta, the designer of the ballpark and the President of Minor League Baseball.
Our original review of SRP Park is here. It was posted right after the park opened in April.
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When a deal for a new ballpark couldn’t be worked out between the Augusta GreenJackets and the City of Augusta, a municipality in another state beckoned. The team said yes … but when they moved, they didn’t even have to leave the market where they’d operated since 1988.
But they did have to cross a river.
Read our in-depth review that recounts how the GreenJackets arrived on the northern shore of the Savannah River in a shiny, new facility called SRP Park. We were there for Opening Night in North Augusta, and our photos and interviews with the team owner, the lead architect, the City representative, the team’s parent club and fans are all woven together to tell you the complete story of this impressive new ballpark.
In much the same way that North Little Rock was able to lure the Arkansas Travelers from their longtime home in Little Rock with a new riverfront park, the city of North Augusta appears set to do the same thing with the Augusta GreenJackets.
North Augusta is close to completing plans on an ambitious riverfront development called Project Jackson. It will include office space, conference center, restaurants, apartments, senior center and at its heart, a new ballpark for the South Atlantic League GreenJackets. The City plans to invest about $61 million in the project in hopes that private investment will top $170 million.
City officials estimate that once construction begins, it will take 14 months to complete. They optimistically stated that baseball could be played in the new stadium by the 4th of July in 2017.
Details are in the Augusta Chronicle.