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The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville

The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville

TEAM ::: JACKSONVILLE SUNS
LOCATION ::: JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
MY FIRST VISIT ::: MAY 24, 2009
OPPONENT ::: MONTGOMERY BISCUITS
LEVEL ::: SOUTHERN LEAGUE 'AA'

Southpaw, the Jax Suns mascot

RATINGS
 
BALLFIELD ::: A
SCOREBOARD ::: C
FACILITIES ::: B
FOOD ::: B
MASCOT ::: B

The Baseball Grounds from CF

MY TAKE ON THE PARK

The view of the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville

Sports complexes always made sense to me. if you are going to build two stadiums might as well share the parking lot with the other.
The Jacksonville Suns share the lot with the Jacksonville Jaguars giving the Suns a nice backdrop to their park.

Looking towards first at the Baseball Grounds

Easy to find, just follow the signs to the Jaguars stadium, it has been through a few name changes so I don't want to commit.
At the park $5 will gain access to either the Stadium lot or the garage next to the
park. Being Florida and with rain always threatening, I chose the garage.

Behind home plate at the Baseball Grounds

Once inside, either walk up the stairs to the concourse or take a stroll out under the park to the LF General Admission seating.
Once to the concourse area, you find a beautiful field with a diverse backdrop.
 Down the right field line the Stadium.

The pitch - The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville

Towards center field the bridge.

The bridge over CF

Down the left field line a church

The church down the LF line - Jacksonville

All of this with a beach and playground in straight away center.
As for the game, here it is handled in an old style manner. The scoreboard doesn't' do much, just the line score and the picture of the batter. The field is perfect, with the heat and excessive rain, it is a different problem than the grounds keepers have in the north and midwest.

The playgound and beach in CF - Jacksonville

Looking towards LF in Jacksonville

I found ticket prices here a little higher than most. However, the seats are extremely comfortable, so I didn't mind the extra cost. Concession items are on the lower side here though, I guess either way you are going to pay for something.

Nightfall in Jacksonville

The Baseball Grounds at Jacksonville is a good place to see a game.
Between innings you will find yourself looking around at the scenery of Jacksonville.
Also walking around the park will be girls in Suns uniforms called "Sun Beams." They keep the promotions going and sell
50/50 chances throughout the game.
 
One final note about the Suns. Another team family owned where the owner is at the park nightly and rings his bell after a Suns win. Something about that just makes a night in Jacksonville one I look forward to returning to.

Preserving the Shut out in Jacksonville

Game over - jacksonville wins

Exchanging the line ups at the Baseball Grounds

THE LINE UPS
 
Montgomery Biscuits manager :::
24 Billy Gardner
 
Jacksonville Suns manager :::
18 Brandon Hyde

MONTGOMERY BISCUITS
 
15 Desmond Jennings cf
12 Rashad Eldridge lf
9 Rhye Hughes 1b
27 Jason Perry rf
3 Fernando Cortez 3b
35 Cesar Suarez 2b
19 J.T. Hall dh
16 Matt Spring c
10 Jason Bowers ss
41 Aneury Rodriguez p / LP

pre-game warm ups in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE SUNS
 
46 Lorenzo Scott rf
26 Chris De La Cruz dh
31 Tim Torres ss
5 Scott Cousins cf
33 Lee Mitchell 3b
11 Bryan Petersen lf
8 Andy Jenkins 1b
7 Ryan Klosterman 2b
28 Chris Hatcher c
22 Kyle Winters p / WP

Pre-game board shot

A night shot of the Jacksonville board

BISCUITS   000   000   000   0   4   1
 S U N S     001   003   00x   4   5   1
 
TIME ::: 2:55
ATTENDANCE::: 5,387
WEATHER ::: 84 OVERCAST, BREEZY (:08 minute rain delay)

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