COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Play ball! A new era has arrived in the midlands. After 12 years, professional baseball has returned with the arrival of the Columbia Fireflies, an affiliate of the New York Mets.
And judging by the sellout numbers for the home opener, fans are excited to welcome the new team.
The return of pro ball is about much more than just hits and runs. It's a chance for an old fashioned family night of fun complete with a great atmosphere, fireworks and a chance to see potential future big leaguers hone their skills.
For those about to visit Spirit Communications Park, it is truly a sight to behold.
The 37 million dollar ballpark has a seating capacity of 8,500.
Since the team was first announced a year ago, WIS has steadily updated you every step of the way…
From the announcement of the Savannah Sand Gnats move to Columbia, to the start of the ballpark construction and the naming of the team to preparations for opening day…you have seen how it has all come together.
Now, all that work has become reality.
Granted, there is still more work to be done.
Developers promised Spirit Communications Park would be surrounded by offices, restaurants and stores.
It could be quite a while yet before those goals fully come to fruition.
There are also concerns about the impact games will have on traffic along Bull Street, particularly on days when games starts near the busy rush hour commute.
Time will ultimately tell what the future holds.
But for now, lets just enjoy the team and have some fun.
If you can't make it out this weekend, there will be plenty of opportunities throughout the summer.
So grab the family and enjoy a night at the ballpark.
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