The Jacksonville Suns (Class AA; Southern League) and new owner Ken Babby unveiled a series of improvements to the fan experience at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, including a new left-field Tiki Terrace, group seating area and suite renovations.
All in all, Babby and his Jacksonville Baseball, LLC are investing $1.8 million in ballpark upgrades.
“Fans will see a fresh look at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, as the renovations and facility improvements create a unique environment for affordable family fun,” said Suns owner Ken Babby. “We are extremely grateful that the City of Jacksonville, SMG and several local partners collaborated with us to begin to fulfill our vision for a ballpark that shines by its hospitality and extraordinary fan experience.”
The new Tiki Terrace, replacing a grassy area in the left-field corner, will be open to all fans attending Suns games. The open-air, thatched-roof structure will offer terraced seating with circular tables and chairs. The Tiki Terrace will also be the new epicenter for drink specials on each of this season’s 13 Maverick’s Live Thirsty Thursdays.
The new Bullpen Terrace will be located directly behind the Suns bullpen on the third-base side, constituting the group area to the playing field. The three-terrace area will include high-top swivel seating and drink rails for a group of 24-48 people on all-inclusive tickets for ballpark fare.
The Sundowner Lounge, open to all fans, is being nearly doubled in size toward the playing field, giving fans a unique observation-deck view from behind home plate. Fans may still enjoy a full bar and seating that looks toward downtown Jacksonville and the St. John’s River as the sun sets each night.
The 12 suites are all being renovated with new finishes and furniture.
In addition to the aforementioned major projects, the Suns also upgraded the food service equipment, reconstructed and refurbished portable concession stands and added a digital menu board system.
Renderings courtesy Jacksonville Suns.