Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hoping Changes Will Be Hit; Suns Owner Details Highlights of Renovation Project at Baseball Grounds

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hoping Changes Will Be Hit; Suns Owner Details Highlights of Renovation Project at Baseball Grounds

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Byline: Jeff Elliott

Jacksonville fans will see more than just a new team when the Suns open the season April 7 against the Birmingham Barons.

Suns owner Ken Babby revealed $1.8 million in renovations to the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville on Tuesday, the largest project of its kind for the ballpark since its opening in 2003.

"Working cooperatively with the city of Jacksonville that has been just wonderful partners since the first day we got here, we're going to enhance this facility with a series of renovations that will continue to make it one of the most state-of-the-art facilities in minor-league baseball," said Babby who purchased the Suns in September from the Bragan family. "This facility has consistently been ranked by Baseball America as one of the top 25 minor-league ballparks in the country. With the announcements we're making today, it will continue to be one of the premier facilities in the country. We think we're going to make it even better."

Babby touched on four areas of the ballpark that underwent renovations or are in the process of such improvements.

- Private suites: The 12 private suites have all been completely renovated with new carpet, new paint, new furniture, new televisions and a refreshing look. All are climate-controlled suites and include indoor seating and outdoor seats adjacent to the suite.

- Sundowner Lounge: The lounge has been extended through the previous media room toward home plate to allow fans to watch the action on the field from the enclosure of the lounge. It will be open to all fans, affording them the range of an observation-deck view behind home plate on one end, to the opposite end, where they have a view of downtown Jacksonville and the St. Johns River.

- Bullpen Terrace: It is located directly behind the Suns' bullpen area and will enable fans to have their closest proximity to the field. It will be a three-terrace area that includes high-top swivel chairs with an adjacent drink rail. It will accommodate groups of 24 to 48 people and include 90 minutes of all-you-can-eat food selections before the game.

- Tiki Terrace: Located beyond the left-field wall and foul pole, this replaces the previous area of a grassy berm where families would sit on blankets and watch the game. …

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