Montgomery Biscuits

Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium
Montgomery, Alabama

Class AA Affliate--Tampa Bay Rays

The Montgomery Biscuits bring more to the table of Southern League Baseball pow wows than talk.

They bring the groceries. I may honstly say I full well know what a good home baked biscuit is but what in the dickens is a Devil Ray?

Sitting serenely and calmly in the Heart Of Dixie you will find Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium perched on the bank at Montgomery,Alabama, just a few miles south of where the Coosa and Tallapoosa Rivers converge shake hands and becomes the Alabama River.

Montgomery may well be the Capitol city of Alabama but it is pride and delight of the local baseball fans to come into town and enjoy The Biscuits and Baseball.

Riverwalk Stadium Mongomery, Alabama Home of The Biscuits. Stadium Facts •The ballpark is located on Coosa St. and Tallapoosa St. and is a new modern ballpark built into the historical train station. •The stadium capacity is 7,000, including general admission lawn seating that is located in right-center field. •The stadium offers 20 luxury suites. Six of the suites are built into the old train terminal along the first base line and the remaining 14 run along the third base line. •Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium offers picnic areas along the third base line and in left-center field. The picnic area in left-center field can accommodate up to 4,000 Biscuits fans. •A children's playground area is located along the third base line. •The stadium scoreboard is a $1 million video board with a huge LED screen capable of instant replay.

Ball Park Information and Statistics

Location: 200 Coosa Street Montgomery, Alabama 36104, USA

Years: Broke ground May 11, 2003 Opened Apr 16, 2004

Construction cost

$26 million ($32 million in 2012 dollars)

Seating Capacity: 4,500 seats 20 luxury boxes ~2,500 general admission (7,000 total)

  • LF foul line 314 (ft)
  • CF dead center 401 (ft)
  • RF foul line 332 (ft)
  • Backstop distance 60 (ft)

Surface Outfield: Grass Infield: Grass

Unique Features:

Multi-Purpose Uses: No Ball Park Owner/Owners: City Of Montgomery Cost: $26 million

Average Attendance (2006):

Historical Events:

City Landmarks and Tourist Items:

Could there be anything more pleasant than to sit in a new baseball stadium forged from a historic railroad station? As you look out of the stadium to the south you see a beautiful city with all the trappings of the New South and the Cradle of the Old Confederacy.

Here in Montgomery is the home of the first Capitol of the Confederate States Of America where Jefferson Davis presided as it First President.

Montgomery is now the State Capitol of Alabama and as you sit in the stdium you are only a stone throw away from the many gleaming white marble buildings of the state government.

About four blocks to the southeast is famous Dexter Avenue which leads straight into the Capitol Building. Dexter Avenue has become known worldwide as the location of the Church which was pastored by Martin Luther King.

Martin Luther King is hailed as the guiding light and force for leading the non-violet Civil Rights Movement of the South.

The City of Montgomery is also known throughout the civilized world as the place where Rosa Parks a black lady refused to give up her seat on a bus which up until that time was a segregated part of society.

Rosa Parks along with Martin Luther King are credited with being the prime movers and shakers in the Civil Rights struggle.

Rosa Parks action sparked the will of all the black citizens of Montgomery to Boycott the bus and public tranportation of Montgomery, Alabama therby breaking the hard core segregation of the Alabama and the Deep South.

This is now Montgomery Biscuits country. All around this part of the south you will find good sorghum and ribbon cane stalks in full tassle ready for cutting and squeezing to make that good ole syrup. YUm YUm, Biscuits and syrup, a little butter and Southern League baseball.

Look to the North and the Northeast. You now are viewing the headwaters of the Alabama river and the earlier home of our native Americans the nations of the Creek and Choctaw Indians who proudly hunted these lands and enriched their tribal living. Modern day living in the fast lane enjoying Southern League Baseball.

Joinng the Montgomery Biscuits for this 2007 year is an up and coming new star for baseball. Keep your eye on the young shortstop "Reid Brignac."

Reid has an arm like a cannon and ranges far and wide at that middle field position of shortstop scooping grounders like a vacuum with reflexes as quick as a tiger.

Those reflexes come from being a Bengal Tiger at LSU.

Montgomery baseball fans send me some good data on the Team, the Stadium and the City and I will post to this website for the World to enjoy.

Venues:

  • Boxcar Buffet The Boxcar Buffet is the hottest group entertainment venue at the stadium. Welcome your group to "the place to eat" during the summer. Choose from quarter chicken, jumbo brats, third pound burgers and jumbo hot dogs - all grilled before your eyes - along with an all-you-can-eat side dish buffet including salads, a variety of vegetables, baked beans, dessert and nonalcoholic beverages. Beer and spirits may be added upon request.
  • Whistle Stop Grille The Whistle Stop Grille may be reserved for private parties of up to 50 guests. Party options include a grilled picnic dinner and special group welcome. Located in left field along the third base line, this unique venue offers a private wait staff, terrace style seating and an amazing view of the ballpark.
  • Locomotive Loft The Locomotive Loft, a private dining area overlooking the third base line, the Alabama River and the city skyline, offers seating for groups of 20-100 people. The outdoor party deck at suite level has a "bistro" like feel, complete with twinkle lights and a private serving staff. Menu includes a buffet serving carved meats, hot off the grill, and a built-in full service bar.
  • Luxury Suites For a special group outing, go first-class with one of our luxury suites. The Biscuits reserve two for use by anyone on a nightly basis. These comfortable, fully furnished suites come complete with wet bar, refrigerator, air conditioning and outside balcony seating overlooking the field. Access to the Club Car Bar, catered menu options and two parking passes are included in your suite rental. Nightly suites accommodate up to 20 guests, but two adjacent suites may be opened to form a single suite unit for a group of up to 40 guests.

The Montgomery franchise could have picked out a better name, but they couldn't have done a much better job at designing a ballpark. While the team nickname (the Biscuits) was getting all the publicity, quietly a beautiful new ballpark was being constructed in downtown Montgomery. It may not break any new ground from a design standpoint, but it does have some unique features and blends in nicely with the surrounding area. As the name would indicate, the ballpark is built near the river, though it is not possible to actually see the river from inside. The ballpark is located where a train depot stood for many years. But instead of knocking down the existing buildings, the architects decides to incorporate them into the ballpark. So the buildings that make up the first base structure were converted into luxury suites, a restaurant, and concession stands. A new structure was built down the third base line, but this blends in well from the outside. In fact, if it weren't for the light poles, you would have no idea that a ballpark was there. Like almost all new parks, Riverwalk Stadium features a 360-degree wraparound concourse. A large picnic area located in center field and grassy berms in right field allow for additional seating. The seating bowl is all green fold down chairs, most of which have good sightlines. There is no center concourse and there are only about 15 rows of seating, so you'll be close to the field no matter where you sit. The scoreboard is located in left field, so those seated along the third base side will have a difficult time viewing it. The backdrop for the ballpark is rather uninspiring for a downtown ballpark, as the skyline is actually behind the grandstand. But there are train tracks that run directly behind the left field fence, so the trains that go by during the game add a unique touch. Concessions are certainly a highlight of Riverwalk Stadium. There are choices to suit everyone's desires, the quality is good, and the prices reasonable. Besides the usual ballpark fare, the Biscuits serve foot long brats, Mexican, catfish fingers, cheese steaks, wraps, and of course biscuits & gravy. A large, well stocked gift store is located off the concourse behind home plate. For a new ballpark, the atmosphere was surprisingly laid back. Sure the team did a few between inning promotions (jousting, tug of war, name that tune), but these seemed a bit forced and the fans didn't seem to care for them much. As with most downtown ballparks, parking around the ballpark is limited and somewhat expensive. But if you get there early enough, you can park on the street for free. Simply put, Riverwalk Stadium is one of the finest new ballparks in the country. The downtown setting, the incorporation of the train depot, and the terrific concessions make this a must-see ballpark.

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