Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium debuted in 2004 and returned minor league baseball back to Alabama’s capital city for the first time in 25 seasons. The 7,000-seat stadium partially incorporates an old Civil War building as part of the stadium that sets it apart from the rest of the league and industry. The unique design blends in nicely to the historic downtown buildings and offers an interesting day or night at the ballpark. You are more than likely going to have a good time at this wonderful ballpark.
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If you go home hungry from a Biscuits game, you only have yourself to blame. There is a gargantuan amount of cuisine from ballpark staples to over-the-top items. One of the highlights includes the Aloha burger that features pineapple, teriyaki sauce, and cheese. The burger is one of the park's most popular items along with the scratch-made biscuits that can be served with locally made syrup, fried chicken tenders, or strawberries and cream. The small stand situated by the team souvenir shop is lined up with customers early on in the game.
FRANX is the stadium's newest concession stand and they offer three signature hot dogs, each served on a massive pretzel bun. The Porker, Loaded Spud, and Firecracker are the featured dogs. The Firecracker is topped with shredded spicy chicken, pepper jack cheese, jalapenos and chipotle mayonnaise; the Porker is loaded with pulled pork, barbecue sauce and coleslaw. The hot dogs are massive, perfect for two or three persons and cost $6.75.
Other tasty combinations are the foot long corndog, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches and nachos, ice cream, super nachos, chicken tenders, and my new favorite item boiled peanuts. A regional treat in parts of the southern United States, the peanuts have the consistency of a bean or pea and are addictive.
If you want to sample all of these treats for one low price, the team offers an all you can eat night, mark your calendar for next year's event.
The Biscuits staff are friendly and attentive. Call it Southern Hospitality, but one feels welcomed as soon as they enter the ballpark. The team does a great job of promotions through the course of the season. Thirsty Thursdays, Freebie Fridays, and fireworks on the weekend are all special days that are heavily promoted along with food specials for our military servicemen and women.
The stadium and its location stand apart from other similar constructions in minor league baseball. A century-old abandoned train shed that was also used as a prisoner camp for Union soldiers during the Civil War has been incorporated into a majority of the ballpark. The ticket office, team shop, main entrance, and gift shop are all built in to the historic building. Another interesting feature is that the ballpark does not stand out on the city street, a nod to the "cigar-shaped" stadiums of over a century ago.
The historic building is also used for luxury suites, beautiful exposed hardwood, and balconies that distinguishes the ballpark from a host of others. The souvenir shop is worth looking over for a bevy of team merchandise that features the ever popular Biscuit mascot. It is fun place to be whether you are a fan of the game or not.
The downtown setting is also worth a visit for the night. The stadium is within steps of the Alabama River, amphitheatre, restaurants, posh hotels, and bars. Reconstituted century-old structures have helped revitalized the area. Dreamland is the area's choice for barbecue and a range of craft beer and the Railyard Brewing Company features hand crafted beer, but scores higher with their main dishes.
The Alley is also near the steps of the stadium and features different bars, clubs and restaurants. It is an exciting and pleasantly clean downtown, but there does not seem to be a lot of lively action on the weekends. As one bar server indicated, the downtown has improved light years in the past decade and I assume this will continue as the area improves as an entertainment attraction.
Montgomery has supported their team favorably since debuting in 2004; the team continues to finish among the tops in attendance in the Southern League. The fans are a dedicated bunch who enjoy good times, good food, and good baseball.
As with most downtown ballparks, you have to navigate a few blocks to arrive at the game. However, it is very simple as Montgomery does not suffer from congestion and gridlock. There is ample metered parking that is free after 6 pm, and city lots that charge the standard $5 to park. For a downtown venue, there is plenty of parking. Signs off both I-65 and I-85 lead you to Riverwalk Stadium effectively.
Tickets to the game are divided into three price points: $8, $10, and $12 in advance of game day. You will have to add an additional dollar if you purchase a ticket the day of the game. I am not a huge fan of this process, but the Biscuits prices are somewhat standard with the rest of the Southern League. I wish the lawn seats were slightly less, but who am I to complain? The experience is great and the ballpark is an allurement to the city of Montgomery.
You cannot complain with all you can eat nights once a year and great promotions on Friday nights. The Biscuits staff and management go out of their way to treat the customer right and make them feel at home.
I finally found what I have been searching for- the perfect minor league baseball venue! I will be perfectly honest, I was not very excited about having to drive all the way to Montgomery, Alabama just to visit Riverwalk Stadium and watch the Montgomery Biscuits play baseball. After all, who would name their team "The Biscuits" anyways? I was beginning to think I was right after I had a little trouble finding the exit off of I-65 due to some road construction. After I solved that mystery I began to make my way from the interstate down towards the stadium. The first few blocks I drove through looked a little like a ghost town, but as I got closer to the stadium I thought to myself, 'Wow, was I ever wrong about this place!'
The city of Montgomery has done a fantastic job with Riverwalk Stadium as well as the area around it. From the moment I got close enough to see the lights of the stadium towering over historic downtown Montgomery, I knew I had stumbled upon something special!
As I entered the downtown area I started to notice that the streets were full of people all making their way from their cars and the restaurants toward the river and Riverwalk Stadium. I parked in one of several city parking lots and just fell in with the crowd. The next thing that caught my attention was the large law enforcement presence, that is always a plus for me when I am in an unfamiliar city. I hooked up with a small group of people carrying lawn chairs just as they entered a pedestrian tunnel that passed under the old railroad yard that runs along the city's riverfront. When we emerged on the other side we were right on the river's edge and we all took a right and headed toward the stadium about a block away. To my surprise we came upon a dance recital in progress at an amphitheater next to a children's Splash Pad adjacent to the stadium. Ballerinas were dancing in the spotlights with the Alabama River as their backdrop just as an old paddlewheel steamboat was passing by, it was a surreal and beautiful sight.
Some of the group I had been following broke away and made their way down toward the amphitheater with their lawn chairs in tow, while myself and a few others continued on toward the stadium. As we made our way over to the Montgomery Biscuits ticket booth I began to grasp just how unusual Riverwalk Stadium was designed. The entire first base side of the structure had once been an old train station that extends from behind home plate almost out to the fence in right field. The addition of the train station in the design really gave this ballpark character. That old train station now contains 6 of the stadium's 20 luxury suites as well as some of the Riverwalk's concession areas and an entertainment space available for parties called the Club Car. I was really impressed with what I had seen so far, so I really couldn't wait to get inside to have a closer look.
Riverwalk Stadium is one of the nicer minor league parks. They really know how to put on a good time here in Montgomery. During my trip the fans were great, the staff was polite and helpful for an out of towner. I would highly recommend taking in a game here if you are in town.
Montgomery is the perfect place to watch a ballgame, also the perfect place to become a rabid fan of the local minor league team. Not only is the ballpark a cathedral, the wonderful blend of new and old, but the team sells it's history, in a way most teams don't. On of the mantras that you hear in MiLB, is "Sell the event, not the team." It makes sense, some. With player movement being like it is in MiLB, they don't see the point in 'selling' players, if they may be gone in a month. Most places, sell you fireworks and discount drink promotions. The Montgomery Biscuits give you a chance to by David Price bobbleheads, Evan Longoria shirseys, and Matt Moore posters.
You get the opportunity to feel like a part of the team and a piece of it's short history, not just some guy who got sold tickets to a postgame concert,.... oh, by the way, there happens to be a baseball game before the concert.
While the park might be a slight "misnomer" as Riverwalk Stadium is not right by the river (albeit close), the place is still a gem to take in a ballgame. The Biscuits are one of the more unique named teams in the Minors, the stadium also has a unique feel to it as it was built off an old train depot and has some unique quirks to the park as well.
FOOD & BEVERAGE: They added "gourmet dogs" such as macaroni & cheese hot dogs and a few others. You also have a wide variety of nachos, cheesesteaks, and yes, biscuits. Regardless of what you get, you can't go wrong. The biscuits are great, the dogs are great, and the cheesesteaks are awesome.
ATMOSPHERE: Definitely a minor league feel to this park. However, probably because it was a Sunday game and the place wasn't half capacity, it didn't have the same feel as you probably get on a Friday or a Saturday, but you still got Minor League ball and it was also "Dog Day." So you have those fun Minor League promotions.
NEIGHBORHOOD: It is in the downtown area which means plenty of eats around. You also have the riverfront which is walking distance from the park. Overall, it is in a nice area. I wouldn't wander too far out though.
FANS: Again, probably because it was a Sunday game and the Biscuits got into an early hole, but the fans seemed somewhat lukewarm on the game. They were friendly however.
ACCESS: You get off of I-85 and you take a few roads to get to the place. It is relatively simple. Unless you see the lights, you actually won't know where the park was because it is an old train depot on the outside. Parking is relatively plentiful, though the drawback is you pay $5 before 6:00, even on Sundays.
ROI: Ticket prices are decent with $10 being right at the dugout. Food prices are a little pricey, but to me it is well worth it. Souvenir prices are pretty standard.
EXTRAS: I like the idea of using the old train depot as part of the stadium. The scoreboard is probably the best one I've seen in the Minors with the thing being high definition. The park itself has a clean feel and you can walk around the park and see the wall being curved inward. The employees were very friendly and considerate and even the players after a game will talk it up with the fans. Definitely worth a visit.
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