Augusta Stadium Groundbreaking Set For Next Week

Rendering of the projected final look for the new Augusta GreenJackets ballpark. Image courtesy of the GreenJackets.

Project Jackson, the long-awaited solution to the problem of a new home for the Augusta GreenJackets (A-Full; South Atlantic League; San Francisco Giants) will finally break ground next week on Thursday, May 25. This marks the first of many milestones set before the ballpark opens in time for the 2018 season.

The Augusta GreenJackets are scheduled to move to the new facility in North Augusta, SC ahead of next season. Along with the new ballpark, the Riverside Village at Hammonds Ferry is also slated to include housing, lodging, Class “A” offices, retail space, and much more. While construction of the stadium has been underway for some time, groundbreaking on the rest of the surrounding space could help build public anticipation and support for the project.

“This day has been years in the making and a special milestone to commemorate a new era of Professional Baseball and Entertainment in the CSRA(Central Savannah River Area),” Jeff Eisemen, president and partner of the GreenJackets, said in a statement to MiLB.com. “Although theoretically we have passed the point where we are beginning construction, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to hold this ‘official’ ceremony and share this momentous day with everyone in the community.”

“The city of North Augusta is pleased the five year effort on this transformational project has made it a reality. Baseball will be an important part of making this a regional destitnation,” North Augusta Mayor Bob Pettit said in the statement. “We are looking forward to hearing the words ‘Play Ball!’ in 2018.”

Finishing the project in 2018 remains the goal for city officials, but they acknowledge the amount of work that remains. More on that from the Aiken Standard: 

“North Augusta City Administrator Todd Glover said the stadium is still on tap to be finished in time for the 2018 baseball season.

Glover said he’s excited the groundbreaking has finally arrived, but stopped short of celebrating.

“It is exciting, it is a big step. Now is the hard part,” he said. “We’ve been talking about it for five years, so we’ve built up expectations. Now’s the part that we have to deliver what we said we were going to do.”

Glover confirmed that all bonds have been closed. He also noted that groundbreaking for apartments will take place in coming days.”

The groundbreaking ceremony is set to take place at noon. More information can be found on the GreenJackets website here.

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