SportsEvents Magazine

MAY 2018

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May 2018 82 Small Markets...Big On Sports! Sponsored Content Spring, and that means warm weather and baseball are back in full force. In Columbia SC, we're fortunate enough to have several teams to support at three different state-of- the-art, multi-use venues. Here's how you can enjoy America's favorite pastime and make your next event a home run in the real Southern hot spot. Spirit Communications Park Voted "Ballpark of the Year" by Ballpark Digest during its inaugural season, Spirit Communications Park is home to our mi- nor-league team, the Columbia Fireflies. Located in the historic BullStreet Neighbor- hood, the red brick and design of the all-star stadium comes from the preservation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings, paying homage to Columbia's past. A baseball game here provides visitors with an authen- tic, local experience, from the Luminescent Lager, a collaboration beer with local craft brewery River Rat, to the name of the team itself that stems from the annual firefly synchronization at our very own Congaree National Park, a rare phenomenon that only happens a few places in the world. The 348,000-square-foot development can be repurposed during the off season to host a variety of other sporting events, such as football, soccer and various types of races. The ballpark can accommodate 9,000 fans for sporting events and up to 15,000 for entertainment events such as festivals and outdoor concerts. During non-event days, the space serves as a public park, offering a 1/3-mile loop for walkers and joggers on the 360-degree concourse. Or, conduct business with 16 luxury suites and a 7,000 sq. ft. Club Lounge that are perfect for hosting meetings, receptions and more. Founders Park A crown jewel of college baseball stadiums across the nation, Founders Park is the $35-plus million facility for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. Packing out at 8,242 spectators, there isn't a bad seat in the house and attendees of all ages will love snacking on different flavor options from local popcorn company, Carolina Kernels. The on-site Hay Fant Sparks Jr. Playground that's shaded by day and lit at night provides endless entertainment for the young baseball fans. Founders Park welcomes more than just Gamecocks to its field, as the stadium has previously been used for NCAA Regional and Super Regional Tourna- ments, as well as some 5K runs and races. Lexington County Baseball Stadium Home base to the Lexington County Blow- fish (you may have heard of a little band called Hootie & the Blowfish who got their start in Columbia SC), this facility offers an intimate baseball-viewing experience with a capacity of 3,000 attendees. Design elements of the stadium were inspired by some of the country's most iconic Major League fields including Fenway, Wrigley, Yankee and Dodgers Stadiums. A covered grandstand delivers vintage vibes and Home Run Hill, the left field berm, is just the spot to stretch out in the sun and let the kiddos run around. Rent the stadium to host championships, camps, tournaments, concerts and more. Beat the heat and be sure to take advantage of the air-conditioned hospitality club for special indoor events, too. With memories to be made and an abun- dance of options to be found for hosting your next event, the team at Experience Columbia SC Sports will help you knock it out of the park every time. n It's Columbia SC: A Pitch-Perfect Sports Destination Scott Powers, Executive Director "Our team is on hand to roll out the red carpet for sports planners, helping to plan the event every step of the way and providing the kind of variety and individ- ualized attention that can be hard to come by in larger destinations. Here, you can take your pick of world class venues and no one gets lost in the shuffle." Experience Columbia SC Sport (803) 545-0009

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