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Sports in Savannah
For those of you who enjoy Roller Derby, the Savannah Derby Devils offer an intense side to the sports available.
If you’re looking for more of a hands-on experience, golf courses and roller rinks are open to the public. You can enjoy a nice round of golf or an exciting day of skating while in Savannah.
On the other hand, if you’re more interested in watching the big game on TV, you can check out some of Savannah’s local restaurants and bars!
The Savannah Sand Gnats
Springtime in Savannah is known, in more ways than one, as the season of the sand gnats. Yes, we all know those bothersome little gnats that bite and annoy you, but what we’re really talking about is Savannah’s own Minor League Baseball Team, the Sand Gnats. For all you baseball fans, get out those baseball caps and foam fingers, and come on down to Grayson Stadium for some fun in the sun.
The Savannah Sand Gnats was formed in 1996 as part of the South Atlantic League of Minor League Baseball. With over 100,000 fans, the Sand Gnats have been a hit throughout the Southeast. Since the team was formed, 38 players have landed positions with various Major League teams.
This year’s season takes off on April 9, 2009, when the Savannah Sand Gnats will play the Augusta Green Jackets at Grayson Stadium at 6:30 p.m. General admission for the game is $7. Kids and seniors admission is $5.
The students at Savannah College of Art and Design, SCAD, are good at more than just art, they also excel in baseball. The 2008 season ended with a 33-24 record. The SCAD Bees started off their 2009 season with a buzz.
On April 8, 2009, the SCAD Bees will play the Savannah Sand Gnats at Grayson Stadium at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public and there is no admission fee. “This is the first time in recent history a Sand Gnats squad has played a local college team in an exhibition game,” said Michael MacEachern, Sports Information Director at SCAD.
If you’re looking for a Savannah original, check out Savannah State University, the oldest institute of higher education in Savannah. The Savannah State University Tigers kicked off their season in February with four straight wins.
The Tiger’s next game is scheduled for April 10, 2009 at the Tiger Field. The game will begin at 1 p.m.
Savannah is also home to the Armstrong Atlantic State University Pirates. The baseball season for AASU began in February. Since then, the AASU Pirates have had 29 home games and 7 away games. The next two home games will be on April 18th, one will be at 1 p.m. and another at 4 p.m. Their 2008 season ended 27-23.
If you’re looking for an easy, laid back sport to play during your visit to Savannah, check out Trinity Golf Driving Range. They offer a variety of lessons for those just starting out or for those who just want a little instruction. Prices range from $5 to $15 depending on bucket size.
Located on Resort Drive, the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Spa & Resort is the perfect home away from home for golfers. Guests of the resort have the exclusive privilege of enjoying an 18-hole course at the resort’s own golf course.
The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Spa & Resort is also the home to the PGA TOUR’S Champions Tour Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. The tournament will be held from April 20, 2009 to April 26, 2009.
Roller Derby is a sport that has been around since 1935, when 50 skaters were selected to compete in 25 male-female teams. Now, the sports has evolved into an “Intense sport that is unlike any other,” according to roller derby fan David Donnan.
The Derby Devils, in Savannah, is an all-girl team that has been competing since 1996. With their spunky attitudes and sassy uniforms these girls are bound to entertain.
For those who are daring and looking for a rush, get your $10 pre-sale tickets at www.savannahderby.com or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006. Admission is $12 at the door and children 8 and under are free.
Woody’s Skate Park
Woody’s Skate Park is open for those who like to feel the wind in their face as they enjoy their favorite sport. Go on down to Woody’s if you’re looking for a fun, exciting and enjoyable day of skating and blading. The park is open for all of those who enjoy skate boarding, rollerblading, and roller skating. Woody’s also welcomes groups and birthday parties!
If you’d like learn the basics, Woody’s also offers lessons! Admission is $8, plus tax. Helmet and pad rentals are available. Woody’s is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1p.m. - 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Restaurants and Sports Bars
If you’re not one for the outdoors or if it’s a rainy day, you can still get your sports fill at Coach’s Corner. Located on Victory drive, Coach’s Corner is known for their, “TELEVISED SPORTS, GREAT FOOD, AND FUN”! With ten 50-inch flat screen TVs, a ten-foot projection screen, and select booths with their own TVs, there’s room for every sports fan.
Coach’s menu has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a burger or pizza, a salad or a wrap, or some wings and fries, Coach’s has it all. With the majority of prices ranging under $15, you can feel the experience without the high cost.
Are you looking for a good eat and some good ole Georgia history? The Dawg House Grill is the perfect place. The Dawg House Grill opened on May 15, 2006 to commemorate the well known University of Georgia, UGA, Bulldogs. With two locations in Savannah, these red, black and white buildings are hard to miss.
Although there are no sports to play here, this is the ultimate salute to sports. Along with TV’s for sports entertainment, the restaurants also have entire rooms dedicated to UGA and its players. In addition to being a sports themed restaurant, they have a menu with prices suitable for anyone.
Sponsored by: Snooky's Restaurant in Statesboro, GA 912-764-7190. A GSU tradition for over 37 years. Meet your friends at Snooky's!
By: Cassie Tibbitts and Rebekah Godfrey