The Montgomery Biscuits are the AA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays and are members of the Southern League. They moved into the brand new Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium before the 2004 season. The stadium has a capacity of 7,000, which includes lawn seating along the deep right field foul line and wrapping around into right field. The dimensions of the park are 314 feet to left field, 401 feet to dead center and 332 feet down the right field line. The stadium offers 20 luxury suites, with five built into the old train shed and the remainder along the third baseline. The stadium also features the largest video board in the Southern League.
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Riverwalk Stadium offers a wide variety of dining options through two primary concessions stands (the Train Station Railyard and Railyard Concessions) along with a number of item specific food carts located throughout the concourse of the stadium. The primary stands menus include hot dogs ($4), brats ($5.25), BBQ sandwiches ($8), chicken sandwiches ($7.25), fries ($4.50), chips ($1), pretzels ($4), nachos ($4), and peanuts ($4). Beverage options include sodas ($4), bottled water ($3), and draft beer ($6.75). The Dixieland Ice Cream stand offers Helmet Sundaes ($6), waffle cones ($5), root beer floats ($5.50) and an ice cream cookie sandwich ($4.50).
The portable food carts carry names such as Snow Cones, Dippin Dots, The Sausage Shack, South of the Border, Margaritaville, and of course a gourmet biscuit stand. Among the biscuit bevy are a plain biscuit ($3), biscuits with toppings ($3.50), chicken biscuits ($4.75), biscuits and gravy ($4), and a strawberry shortcake biscuit ($4). If that does not butter your biscuit, you can also visit the Biscuit Basket team store which carries both food items as well as very unique team paraphernalia. The Biscuits offer specials several nights of the week such as Tuesday Dollar Dogs, Wednesday Food Fest (a revolving set of food items are on special) and Thirsty Thursday Drink specials.
Fans can also access the Club Car Bar inside the old railroad shed after the 5th inning. Prior to the game and up through the end of the 4th inning, the bar is only available to season ticket holders and large groups.
The Biscuits home field is a masterpiece of adaptive restoration, as the team has converted an old railroad train shed into the main feature of the stadium. You will enter through the shed to your seats, passing through a large room where goods to be shipped on the trains were stored. Many of the elements of the stadium include railroad themed names such as the Club Car Bar, the Locomotive Loft, the Whistle Stop Grille and the Railyard concession stand. If that is not enough, a very active rail line passes just beyond the left field wall, with several trains passing within a typical ballgame.
As advertised in the name of the stadium, the Alabama Riverwalk runs from the stadium up the shoreline of the Alabama River for three miles. There are numerous historical markers both inside and outside the stadium outlining what life on the river was like over the years. When you pair the unique design of the stadium with the very unique name of the team, you are guaranteed of having a great time at the ballpark.
All of the uniqueness of the stadium and the team name mean nothing if you do not put a good product on the field. The Biscuits have won two Southern League Championships and were named as the Top team in AA baseball by MiLB in 2015. Sixty-two Biscuit players have gone on to the major leagues including such notable players as Evan Longoria and David Price.
The construction of the Riverwalk and the stadium has made the area surrounding the park into a hotspot for Montgomery nightlife. Restaurants within walking distance of Riverwalk Stadium include Dreamland Bar B-Que, Wintzell's Oyster House and Alley Station. The Railyard Brewing Company is a popular spot for an after game drink. Hotels located nearby include a Marriott, an Embassy Suites and a Renaissance Hotel.
As a state capital, Montgomery has a number of historical sites worth visiting. The very attractive State Capitol building is nearby, as is the first White House of the Confederacy. On the opposite end of the civil rights spectrum but also located nearby are the Civil Rights Memorial and the Rosa Parks Museum.
Montgomery has a long history of minor league baseball and the locals follow the team very closely. Many former Biscuits have gone on to major league stardom and fans are very proud of that fact. The fans really turn up their enthusiasm when their in-state rivals, the Mobile Bay Bears and the Birmingham Barons come to town. Leading the cheers are Big Mo, the team's lovable and tubby biscuit eating mascot as well as Monty, the team's adorable biscuit with a butter pat tongue.
Riverwalk Stadium is conveniently located off exit 1 of I-85. Just follow the signs directing you to the state capitol, turn left on Madison Avenue and right on Coosa Street. Parking is plentiful in a parking deck across the street from the stadium or one block away at the entrance to the Alabama Riverwalk. The stadium is low to the ground due to its original design as a railroad building. Concourses are very wide and easily navigated. The outfield lawn seating is very gently sloped so it is not difficult to walk down. Be sure to get to the game early as the lawn is a very popular area for families with young children.
A night or day out at a Biscuits game will not blow your budget. Tickets sold prior to the day of the game receive a $1 discount. The discounted prices are $13 for a Super Box Seat (between the dugouts), $11 for Box Seats (behind the dugouts) and $9 for General Admission/Lawn seating. Parking at Riverwalk Stadium is a very reasonable $5. Hotel prices in Montgomery are well below what you would pay in a major city. Each day of the week features a discount on a drink, food item or souvenir from the Biscuit Basket.
The site of Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium was used as a Confederate prison during the Civil War.
Each year the baseball season is kicked off by the Capital City Classic. This is the baseball equivalent of the Iron Bowl as it pits the University of Alabama baseball team against the Auburn University baseball team. The game is always a sellout so order your tickets well before the season starts.
The Alabama Riverwalk is just beyond the left field fence. It runs for three miles along the river and features an amphitheater, a riverboat and a statue honoring Montgomery native and country music icon Hank Williams.
Overall, Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium is a quiet little gem of a ballpark. It's not grandiose and shiny like its northern neighbor in Birmingham and/or an ocean paradise like its southern neighbor in Pensacola. But it's local, friendly and casual and gives you the feeling that you've found something special that only a few know about, as opposed to making a pilgrimage to a sports mecca that everyone has seen. It's definitely worth getting in on that secret and enjoy a biscuit while you're there.
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.
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.
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.
Is there a better team name in minor league baseball than the Biscuits? An argument can’t easily be made against this, since the Montgomery Biscuits come complete with a butter-tongued biscuit logo on their cap. It’s minor league baseball naming convention at its finest. But there’s more to the Biscuits and Riverwalk Stadium than the delicious moniker.
The Biscuits in their current form have been in existence only since 2004, when the Rays' affiliate abandoned its Orlando, FL home at Champions Stadium in the Walt Disney Resort due to poor attendance. Although the Orlando stadium was state of the art, there’s just something much more true to minor league baseball about a beautiful local stadium in downtown Montgomery.
Riverwalk Stadium opened for the Biscuits of the Southern League in 2004 and seats 7,000. It’s built into a part of an old train station that was used as a Civil War prisoner camp, and blends perfectly into the surrounding landscape. It’s definitely one of the more charming minor league ballparks you’re likely to find.
The review says it all. Friendly staff made my trip here a great experience. Good fans who watch the game, a great location, nice variety of food choices, free parking all around, and cheap beer at the end of the season. What's not to like?
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