New minor league baseball team dubbed Columbia Fireflies
Columbia’s new minor league baseball team now has a name.
The Columbia Fireflies are set to take the field next spring. The name was selected from 2,300 entries in the “Name the Team” contest that kicked off late last year.
Columbia Fireflies’ owner Jason Frier said the team name was selected after seeing multiple entries suggesting the name, and he said choosing the name came down to three characteristics: local, unique and fun.
Fireflies can be seen on the banks of the Congaree River, and Frier said for a few weeks in the spring as the season begins, the fireflies will come together to perform a “wonderful and mysterious light show” in a synchronized manner.
The theme of synchronization, unity and working together was an important aspect in the naming process as well. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin said those three goals embody the spirit of the city.
“We do believe that Columbia is more than just a city, it’s an idea,” he said. “The idea that its people are more than the sum of our parts, but the great strength in our faith … This faith, this dedication, has proven itself time and time again, echoing throughout history of this great city.”
Frier said the name fits with Columbia because of the vision he and city administration had when deciding to bring a team to the Capitol City.
“The Fireflies identity fits perfectly with what we are looking to accomplish in Columbia,” he said. “The firefly will become a symbol of the unity of the Capital City. Spirit Communications Park will be a year-round gathering place for families, friends and co-workers to create lasting memories together and a place where major community events and milestones are celebrated.”
The Columbia Fireflies logo incorporates the Palmetto tree and crescent moon from the state flag. The team colors will be midnight blue for what team organizers say represents the South Carolina night sky, a neon/yellow color to represent the glow of the firefly and a “crisp” silver to represent the wings.
The team also announced Tuesday that Opening Day for the Fireflies will be April 14, 2016. The team is taking reservations for season ticket packages, which will go on sale at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Fans can go to the new team website to make their reservations.