Riverwalk Stadium – Montgomery Biscuits
Photos by Lloyd Brown, Stadium Journey
Stadium Info FANFARE Score: 3.86
Riverwalk Stadium 200 Coosa St Montgomery, AL 36104
Year Opened: 2004
It’s Biscuit Ball Y’all!
Riverwalk Stadium has served as the home of the Montgomery Biscuits since 2004. It seats 7,000 fans. The Biscuits are the AA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays and play in the Southern League. The team’s main rival is the Birmingham Barons, whose park is only 89 miles from Riverwalk Stadium. The team has won two Southern League titles and seven second-half titles over the years.
Food & Beverage 4
A wide variety of food and beverage concessions are available along the concourse. The concourse is open to the field, so fans will not miss much of the action. The Railyard and Train Station stands offer hot dogs ($4) and nachos ($4), BBQ sandwiches ($8), chicken sandwiches ($7.25), fries ($4.50), pretzels ($4) and peanuts ($4). Beverage options include Coca-Cola brand sodas ($4), bottled water ($3), and draft beer ($6.75).
However, the most unique ballpark concession food is of course,… biscuits! The Biscuit stand offers chicken and biscuits ($4.75), biscuits with bacon ($4.75), biscuits with gravy ($4), two biscuits ($4), and two strawberry shortcake biscuits ($4). If none of that butters your biscuit, check out the team store, the Biscuit Basket, for all sorts of Biscuit team merchandise.
The Biscuit Stand, Photo by Lloyd Brown, Stadium Journey
You can conclude your dining at the Dixieland stand, which offers ice cream sundaes in a helmet ($6), waffle cones ($5), root beer floats ($5.50), and an ice cream cookie sandwich ($4.50).
The Club Car Bar is located in the train shed structure behind the first base area seats. It features several TV’s and offers 16 beers on tap.
Riverwalk Stadium has one of the more unique atmospheres in minor league baseball. The third base side of the stadium structure includes an old railroad shed. This includes the main entrance to the stadium, inside concourse, and several concession areas. Many parts of the stadium continue this railroad theme with names like the Club Car Bar, the Whistle Stop Grille, the Boxcar Buffet, and the Locomotive Loft. If that is not enough, a very active rail line lies just behind the outfield walls. Engineers will sound their horns for the crowd as they pass by.
There are several special seating areas for large groups at the stadium. The Locomotive Loft offers seating at the Suites level of the park. The Whistle Stop Grille is a group picnic area next to the left field foul pole, while the Box Car Buffet is served behind the center field wall.
The team offers several specialty-themed nights during the week. Former and present military personnel and their families get discounts on tickets and food/beverages on Military Mondays. Golden Biscuit Tuesdays offers special discount prices for seniors over the age of 55. Thirsty Thursdays offer drink specials.
Riverwalk Stadium is located in downtown Montgomery and is surrounded by historical attractions, restaurants, and lodging options. Two museums, the Rosa Parks Museum and the Hank Williams Museum, are within walking distance of the park. Montgomery is the state capital of Alabama, so several historical buildings are located throughout the city. As far as restaurants, Dreamland BBQ and Wintzell’s Oyster House, are good for pre or postgame dining.
As the Riverwalk Stadium name suggests, the Alabama River runs just beyond the outfield walls of the ballpark. There are numerous historical markers along the Alabama Riverwalk describing the important role the river has played in the history of the city of Montgomery.
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 turn up their enthusiasm when their in-state rivals, the Rocket City Trash Pandas 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 relatively easy to access via the two main interstates that serve Montgomery. From I-85 South: Take the Union Street exit (exit #1). Go north of Union Street, Turn left at Madison Street, then right on Tallapoosa Street to the park at Coosa Street. From I-65 North: Take the Herron Street exit (Exit # 172) Turn right on Herron, then right at Bibb Street. You then turn left at Coosa Street until it reaches Riverwalk Stadium. Gates open one hour before the first pitch.
Return on Investment 4
A night out at Riverwalk Stadium will not break your Biscuit budget. Tickets are available at several price points. General Admission tickets for the lawn in the right field go for $9. Box seats in sections 101-105 and 118-120 along the right and left baselines in the outfield are $11.
Super Box seats are in the infield between first and third base and are $13. Executive Club seats are behind home plate at field level and are the most expensive at $16. The stadium also has 20 luxury suites, with five built into the old train shed and the remainder along the third baseline. Parking is available adjacent to Riverwalk Stadium and costs $5.The concessions for the most part are very reasonably priced.
Riverwalk Stadium has been a popular venue for postseason baseball tournaments. It hosted the NCAA Division II Baseball Championships from 2004-2007 and the SunBelt Conference Baseball Tournament since 2020.
Riverwalk Stadium was the first stop along the road for many major league players. Among the former Biscuits to make it to The Show are Jonny Gomes, Evan Longoria, Davis Price, and BJ Upton.
During breaks in the action, the team shoots biscuits out of an air cannon into the crowd instead of T-shirts. A big orange monster named Big Mo’ serves as the team’s mascot. He loves to gulp down biscuits.
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 worth getting in on that secret and enjoying a biscuit while you’re there.