• Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium

Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium

Montgomery, AL | Client: City of Montgomery

Organized baseball left Montgomery’s Paterson Field after the 1980 season, but the city was ready for its return with this Minor League Class AA Stadium for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Riverwalk Stadium was built on the site of an old railyard. The railroad company’s offices and shed, erected in 1898, were converted into team offices and park entry, concession, and suite areas. Additional suites were constructed along the left-field line. To this day, freight trains operate along a track just beyond the left-field line, near the city’s old Union Station. Just beyond the tracks lies the Alabama River Walk, an up-and-coming tourist attraction.

A telephone company switching station beyond the right-field wall could not be relocated, leading to a short porch. There is outfield lawn seating behind right field as well. Much of the advertised capacity of seven thousand seats is in the form of standing and lawn-seating room. The stadium also offers twenty luxury suites. Six of the suites are built into the old train terminal along the first base line and the remaining fourteen run along the third base line. The stadium scoreboard is a $1 million video board with a huge LED screen capable of instant replay.