Golden Park is a 5,000-seat baseball-only stadium in Columbus, Georgia that opened in 1926. Located on the Chattahoochee River in Downtown Columbus, it currently is not home to any professional baseball team. The exterior of the Golden Park is a red brick façade and has many well-landscaped sidewalks that connect to the Chattahoochee RiverWalk.
Golden Park is named after Theodore Earnest Golden, co-founder of Goldens' Foundry and Machine Co.. Golden led the effort in Columbus for the city's first South Atlantic League team. Golden Park was renovated in 1994 in anticipation of the softball events of the 1996 Summer Olympics that were held in the city of Columbus. The stadium was the site of the 1996 Olympic Gold Medal Game.
When it hosts the Peach Belt Baseball Tournament May 1-3, it will become the largest baseball stadium the league tournament has ever been held in and the first neutral-site facility to host the tournament. Golden Park has served as the host field for the SEC Tournament in addition to several other Division I, II and NAIA tournaments.
The park has been home to several minor league baseball teams in its storied history. They are:
Columbus Confederate Yankees (1964-1966)
Columbus White Sox (1969)
Columbus Astros (1970-1988)
Columbus Mudcats (1989-1990)
Columbus RedStixx (1991-2002)
South Georgia Waves (2003)
Columbus Catfish (2004-2008)
Columbus Wood Bats (2009)
One of the key attractions for players who come to Golden Park is the knowledge that they are literally walking in the footsteps of some of the greatest who ever played the game. These include:
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Wee Willie Keeler
J. R. Richard
|Grover Cleve. Alexander
Cal Ripken Jr.