Sports In Augusta Georgia
The Augusta Greenjackets Minor League Baseball Team
The Augusta GreenJackets are a minor league baseball team that plays in Augusta, Georgia as a Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Lake Olmstead Stadium has been the home of the Greenjackets since the 1995 season, although Augusta has fielded a team in the South Atlantic League since 1988. The team is so named in honor of The Masters golf tournament held in Augusta, where the winner receives a green jacket.
Before the Giants took over the club's affiliation after the 2004 season, the GreenJackets were a part of the Boston Red Sox organization. The Red Sox replaced the Pittsburgh Pirates in Augusta, but as the club with the briefest affiliation, the GreenJackets have third baseman Kevin Youkilis as the only one of their prospects to make the Red Sox roster, although knuckle baller Tim Wakefield pitched here in 1989 with the Pirates organization. The Red Sox' relationship with Augusta met with immediate success when the Greenjackets won the South Atlantic League championship in their first year as an affiliate team.
Built primarily as a baseball facility between 1994 and 1995, Lake Olmstead Stadium has been transformed by the GreenJackets into a versatile entertainment center for Augusta and the surrounding communities. The stadium seats 4,400, with nearly 1,000 box seats, 830 reserved seats, over 2,000 general admission seats, and also offers a large 500 person picnic area down the left field line and a Grill and Bar area down the right field line. Lake Olmstead Stadium has been the site of events associated with The Masters golf tournament, many concerts, the Annual Masters Beach Blast Concert, and other special events as well.
The Augusta Riverhawks are a professional minor league ice hockey team based in Augusta, Georgia. They began play in the Southern Professional Hockey League in 2010. The Riverhawks play their home games at the James Brown Arena, previously home to the Augusta Lynx of the East Coast Hockey League from 1998 until their folding in 2008.
The Augusta Riverhawks were established as a new franchise in the Southern Professional Hockey League in 2010. They replaced the Augusta Lynx, who had played in the city for ten years before folding in 2008. The name "Riverhawks" was announced for the new club on March 13, 2010 as the winning result of a fan vote. The Riverhawks opened their inaugural season on the road on October 21, 2010, losing to the Fayetteville FireAntz. They had their home opener the following evening, against 2009-10 SPHL champions the Huntsville Havoc, ultimately losing 5-3.