JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Like the team on the field, the recently renovated suite-level lounge will have a new name and menu at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville this season. After a poll of Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp season ticket holders and sponsors for name ideas and voting, the climate-controlled lounge for all fans is now titled "The Wheelhouse".
"The Wheelhouse" name was submitted by Kurt Wullenweber of Jacksonville, a ticket plan holder for several seasons, who will receive two free 2017 season tickets and credit to use for food and beverage in The Wheelhouse this season.
Explaining his idea for the name, Wullenweber said, "The skipper always watches the catch from the wheelhouse."
The only area on the suite level open to all fans, The Wheelhouse gives fans a unique observation-deck view from behind home plate, much like a captain in a ship wheelhouse would overlook a vessel. In addition, as a pitch thrown into a batter's "wheelhouse" often produces the most spectacular hits, The Wheelhouse serves fans a home run experience with a full bar, unique menu and seating that looks toward downtown Jacksonville and the St. Johns River as the sun sets each night.
Beginning this season, The Wheelhouse menu will include Shrimp-themed items, such as Jumbo-laya, Boom Boom Shrimp, Peel-and-Eat Shrimp and Shrimp Tacos, as well as classic dishes such as pizza slices, pork and slaw dogs, cookies and ice cream. The new Chef's Table will also serve premium items, rotating in a buffet on select nights, which fans can purchase in The Wheelhouse for $15 per plate.
The former Sundowner Lounge was nearly doubled in size as part of owner Ken Babby's more than $1.8 million invested in ballpark improvements in 2016. The improvements were recognized in October by CREW Jacksonville with its inaugural Initiative IMPACT Award for significant contribution to the Northeast Florida region. The project Design and Construction team consisted of all Jacksonville-based firms.
ABOUT THE JUMBO SHRIMP: With their home opener Wednesday, April 12, at 7:05 p.m., the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are beginning a new era of affordable family fun at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. With a new lineup of ticket and group options for 2017, there is a reason for everyone to get part of the action by calling the Jumbo Shrimp at (904) 358-2846 or visiting www.jaxshrimp.com.