Lake Olmstead Stadium

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Lake Olmstead Stadium in Augusta, GA, was the home of Augusta affiliated baseball from 1995 through 2017. After that, the Augusta GreenJackets of the South Atlantic League moved into a new ballpark in North Augusta, SC - a move that was actually southeast rather than north.

Olmstead opened in 1995 on the site of short-lived Heaton Stadium (1988-1994). In December 2012, Ripken Baseball - as in Baltimore Orioles great Cal Ripken Jr. - sold the 'Jackets to a group that planned to move them into a new ballpark in a proposed new development across the Savannah River.

A series of legal challenges pushed the new ballpark into 2018, when it opened with an April 9th high school game. The move ended an Augusta professional baseball history that dated to 1885, at least nominally, and included the legendary Ty Cobb's 1904 pro debut. The team, however, retained the Augusta name in spite of changing cities.

Olmstead began its new life as an outdoor concert venue with a 2019 Memorial Day Weekend barbecue and music festival. The Coronavirus pandemic shut it down until its baseball roots got another shot as a filming location for the forthcoming baseball biopic The Hill. After the fact, the Augusta Film Commission announced the old ballpark was also a filming location for The Royal (2022). However, a further upgrade taken for a 2022 Masters Week concert series turned up safety issues with the ground that prevented the concerts.