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Homestyle: Biscuits’ new park ready

The new Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium helped bring a Class AA team to the Alabama city.

The city of Montgomery, Ala., projects a total $2.8 million over the next five years from revenue generated at its new ballpark, scheduled to open Friday night.

To lure the Class AA Orlando Rays to town, the city council in 2002 approved an increase of its lodging tax by 2.5 percent, to 12.5 percent, to pay for nearly the entire cost of the new $27.5 million Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium. In exchange, the team, now known as the Montgomery Biscuits, signed a 20-year lease that calls for the city to receive a minimum annual payment of $200,000. The deal provides the city with 10 percent of ticket, concessions and novelty revenue from games and other team events, 30 percent of premium-seat rental revenue, and 25 percent of food and beverage revenue from other, city-sponsored, events.

With its 20 luxury suites reserved in five-year deals and more than 2,800 season tickets sold, the team expects to cover its minimum before the first pitch is thrown.

The team is handling the marketing of the ballpark’s naming rights and will split any revenue equally with the city.

The ballpark is expected to be the centerpiece of a 20-year, $130 million development plan for the city’s downtown area and Alabama River front. The stadium structure incorporates a historic railroad station at the ballpark site. Five suites and the Club Car Bar, a concessions area open to premium-seat holders, are built into the former train shed. Other depot elements are included in the Whistle Stop Grille, one of the stadium’s three picnic areas, and the Locomotive Loft, a suite-level party deck. The tracks a few yards beyond the left-field fence are still used.

The concessions menu features biscuits and syrup. The team has partnerships with Mary B’s Biscuits and Alaga Syrup, which have large production facilities in town.

Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium

City: Montgomery, Ala.
Tenant: Southern League (Class AA) Montgomery Biscuits
Owner/operator: City of Montgomery/team
Architect: HOK
General contractor: Jesco Inc.
No. of seats: 5,100 (7,500 capacity)
No. of suites (price range): 20 ($27,500-$35,000)
No. of club seats: None
Projected cost: $27.5 million
Funding: $26.5 million from the city through bonds backed by a 2.5 percent increase in local lodging tax and projected stadium revenue; $1 million from the team’s owners, including $500,000 up front. Included with the project is a $1.5 million city-owned parking area that the team will operate.
Concessionaire: Team
Pouring rights: Coca-Cola
Scoreboard provider: Barco
Turf provider: Ross Environmental & Civil Contractors Inc.
Seat provider: American Seating Co.
Opening day: April 16

Subcontractors and consultants
Company (work performed)
Alco Enterprises Inc. (finish carpentry and architectural woodwork)
American Imperial Fence Inc. (chain link fencing)
American Truss & Framing Inc. (light gauge steel trusses)
Auburn Electrical Construction Co. (electrical work)
Avalos Concrete Co. (concrete finishing)
Best Glass Co. (aluminum storefront)
Bradley Plumbing & Heating Inc. (mechanical work)
Brendle Sprinkler Co. (fire protection)
C & H Baseball (stadium netting)
Capitol City Tile (ceramic tile)
Chilton Contractors Inc. (mass excavation and fill)
Commercial Coatings Contractors (acrylic flake floor toppings)
Concrete Solutions Inc. (Bentonite waterproofing and urethane floor coating)
Consolidated Metals Inc. (ornamental fence and gates)
David Ledesma Co. (stucco)
Design Concrete Systems Inc. (MSE wall)
E & H Steel Corp. (structural and miscellaneous steel)
Electronic Engineers Inc. (broadband and sound reinforcement systems)
Elevator Maintenance and Repair Inc. (hydraulic elevators)
Evans Paint Service (painting)
Evcon Services Inc. (sprayed fire proofing)
F&W Construction Co. (temporary excavation support system)
Faulkner Myrick Tile Co. (concrete sealer, waterproofing, porcelain tile)
Ground & Pipe Construction (storm drainage and site utilities)
Harcon Inc. (concrete formwork)
Jack Ellison Painting Contractors Inc. (painting and related work)
M&M Drywall and Acoustics (drywall, acoustical and insulation work)
McAdams Commercial Flooring (metal wall panels and soffits)
McCall’s Construction Co. (brick work)
Overhead Door & Fireplace Co. (coiling doors and grilles)
Paradise Golf Inc. (landscaping)
Promats Inc. (field wall pads)
Ram Enterprises Inc. (resilient athletic flooring)
Russo Corp. (drilled pier work)
Sippial Electric & Construction Co. (electrical)
Standard Roofing of Montgomery Inc. (roofing and roof-related work)
Topco Termite & Pest Control (termite treatment)
Universal Builders of Alabama (metal building system and erection)

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