COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Spirit Communications, a local telecommunications firm, has purchased the exclusive naming rights to the soon-to-be constructed Minor League Baseball stadium on Bull Street in Columbia.
Columbia leaders and Hardball Capital officials announced the naming rights at a 2 p.m. news conference at the site of the future stadium.
"Spirit Communications is delighted to make this investment in what we are sure will be one of the most important and transformative projects our home town of Columbia has seen," Bob Keane, President and Chief Executive Officer of Spirit Communications said in a statement.
Construction has yet to begin on the venue. Work is scheduled to begin at the Bull Street site later this month and a groundbreaking ceremony should happen in January, according to Hardball Capital CEO Jason Freier.
Freier says concerts and community events will also be held there. He also says it's truly going to be a place for the community to enjoy.
"The ballpark will be open when there is not an event going on in progress," Freier said. "This is now what you normally thing of with a ballpark, where you have a gate with locks on it. This is a place that people who will live in this space, right around us now, work in the space right around us now, come here shopping, will be able to go and sit and have lunch in a park-like setting."
The park will hold approximately 8,000 fans for baseball games and nearly double that for concerts.
We still don't know what team will be making Columbia home. Freier says that announcement will likely be made in the spring when they unveil the team name, colors, and logo.