SRP Park's big transformation

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Friday, April 12, 2019
News 12 at 11

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- After a day at the course, some patrons made their way to SRP Park for Augusta at night.

SRP is a concert venue tonight but by Monday, it's turning back into a ballpark for the home opener.

Two years ago it was a patch of dirt. Now it's hosting one of the biggest Masters week concerts and just days from now baseball.

Organizers say it's just the beginning.

The rain poured down hard and fast but left just in time for Sheryl Crow and Hootie and the Blowfish to take the stage.

Guests enjoyed music, food, and golf, everything you'd want in a Masters week experience.
The park has come a long way from the Greenjackets not even being moved in this time last year. But on April 15 they'll have opening day and the team says they're ready.

"As soon as the stage clears and the artists pack up and leave, lights will come on and the transformation will begin. Between all day tomorrow, all day Sunday and even into the early hours of Monday morning, we're gonna get it flipped and ready to go for Greenjackets baseball," said Billy Nowack, the stadium operations manager for the Augusta Greenjackets.

As for tonight's event, guests were thrilled to be a part of the inaugural Augusta night and stormed in at 7 p.m.

"All the sudden this place is growing it's blossoming. It's growing. There's stuff being built the hotel across the street where we just had drinks. We ride our bikes around all the time and have seen it change over the last two years it's been great," said Bea Davis and Linda Van Antwerp, fans of Hootie and the Blowfish.

Organizers of the event say they've been impressed with Riverside Village. They hope this isn't the last time they host here and want even more events this time next year.

"We hope this is the first of many Augusta at nights that this becomes an annual must-attend event. Especially given everything happening with the masters around town now and all the things we can do in the future," said Mahmoud Youssef, the president of Endeavor Experiences.