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    William L. Grayson Stadium - Savannah GA

    Grayson Stadium

    Current Team: Savannah Sand Gnats
    Current Affiliate: New York Mets (since 1996)
    Seating Capacity: 4,000
    Dimensions: LF 322
    CF 400
    RF 310
    Year Opened: 1941

    Former Notable Players: Steve Bedrosian, Adrian Beltre, Travis Hafner, Carlos Pena, C.J. Wilson, and Ryan Zimmerman.

    Located in picturesque Daffin Park in Savannah, Georgia, the brick and steel Grayson Stadium is the home field of the Savannah Sand Gnats minor league baseball team, the Class-A affiliate of the New York Mets. It was built after much of its predecessor, Municipal Stadium, had been leveled in a hurricane. However, World War II prevented the completion so several rows of temporary bleachers were used through the 1950s and still today an uncompleted portion of the grandstand is still visible. The remnants of Municipal Stadium are the grandstands down the first base line. The former left field grandstands brought the outfield wall in close at 290 feet, which taunted hitters until it was the stands were recently demolished.

    The stadium is named for Savannah native, Spanish-American War hero, William Grayson, who led the drive to replace the hurricane-ravaged stadium.

    From 1971 to 1983, the Savannah Braves of the Southern League played their home games here.

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    Put it in the books.

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    Wow, Georgia has some amazing classic ballparks... Here's hoping that Luther Williams Field (Macon), Golden Park (Columbus), and Grayson Stadium never see a wrecking ball... Thanks for the pics milladrive

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    I drove by this in savanna on a trip, but had no idea how great it was, wow I need to go there.
    The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time.

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    My oldest son lives about 19 minutes from this park!!!

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    I love Grayson. My niece lived on Whitemarsh Island a few years ago and we would go to a dozen or so games a year despite the two and a half hour drive. It's a nice, friendly, cozy park.

    The first professional ball game my son ever attended was in this park against the Rome Braves in 2005. I got a game ball with the winning pitcher's signature (Ricardo Morales). He was only six months old and doesn't quite understand why that ball is my favorite of the many auto'd baseballs he has.
    If I had only spent a tenth of the time studying Physics that I spent learning Star Wars and Baseball trivia, I would have won the Nobel Prize.

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    Thinking of taking a trip to Savannah this summer and would love to see this place. Two questions: First if we take a train up (always wanted to do that) and don't have a car is it easy to get to and from downtown Savannah in a cab? Second is there anything worth doing/seeing around the park before or after the game? The surrounding area isn't getting a lot of love on most websites.
    The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time.

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    I have lived near Savannah for a couple of years. You'll have a great time on your visit. Grayson is definitely worth a visit and easily reachable by taxi from the historic district. Every thing that is worth seeing in and around Savannah excluding the beach on Tybee Island, a couple of old civil war forts that are worth visiting, and Grayson are in a 16 block radius in the historic downtown area. While the area around Grayson isn't as bad as what you may have heard there's nothing to do there before or after the game.

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    My son used to live in Savannah. The most action is down on the waterfront which is about ten minutes from the stadium. If you like old, historic cities you will love Savannah. The stadium is nice but it is a typical older stadium. About the most night life around the ballpark is an IHOP down the street. Also if you need a quaint little place to go for breakfast, go to Henry' in downtown. The food is great and it is an "old timey" restaurant where you can watch them actually cook your breakfast. It is definitely worth the visit!

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    Thanks for the info guys, I'll def. look into all of these suggestions! I went once but it was during St. Patrick's day for the big parade, so I didn't get to go to the ballpark. I didn't have a lot of time for stuff when I went because of the st. pattys stuff taking up a whole day so I'm excited to do a little more than the one bus tour we took last time!
    The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time.

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    Yes, very nice stadium, although the team is appropriately names as the Sand Gnats. I would go there when I was stationed in Beaufort, SC and I now have a son living in Savannah so I take in a game if I'm down there during baseball season.

    Thanks for the history that you posted. That's good information that I didn't know about.

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