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Columbia Fireflies VP talks Tebow, and baseball at C-WC Chamber Breakfast

The Columbia Fireflies did not have a full year in 2016, but it was a good year, said the executive vice president. And things should be even bigger in 2017. Brad Shank, Executive V.P. of the Columbia Fireflies, spoke at the Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Tuesday at Spirit Communications Park. He talked about the Fireflies first year (2016)…

Columbia Fireflies tickets go on sale Feb. 16

Fireflies Also Release 2017 Schedule

Single-game tickets for the 2017 Columbia Fireflies season go on sale Thursday (Feb. 16) at 10 a.m. Opening Day is just 56 days away and all individual game tickets – including tickets for the 2017 South Atlantic League All-Star Game, Opening Night and Total Eclipse of the Park – will be available for purchase. Fans can come to the Box Office…

Columbia Fireflies to host job fair, Saturday

Hiring Seasonal Employees for 2017 Season

The Columbia Fireflies are hosting a job fair in the club level of Spirit Communications Park on Saturday, February 11, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Fireflies are aiming to fill more than 300 seasonal and part-time positions for the upcoming season. The positions include: ushers, ticket takers, parking attendants, ticket office sales, merchandise store, field maintenance, concessions and service staff,…

Columbia’s Spirit Communications Park named ‘Ballpark of the Year’

Ballpark Digest honored Spirit Communications Park on Tuesday as its 2016 Ballpark of the Year. The home of the Columbia Fireflies, which is the New York Mets’ South Atlantic League affiliate, was selected as the top park across Minor League Baseball nationally for 2016. Representatives from Ballpark Digest will present the award to the Fireflies and representatives from the city…

SC Strong: Midlands Gives donations top 2015 total

Donors and nonprofit supporters cheer at the Midlands Gives headquarters at Spirit Communications Park. (Photo provided) Everyday philanthropists knocked it out of the park last week with 12,536 donations to Midlands Gives. The total for the annual, 24-hour giving blitz reached $1.6 million, surpassing the 2015 total of $1.5 million. Individuals and corporate donors gave so generously May 3 that…

UPDATE: ‘Midlands Gives’ fundraising challenge extended into Wednesday

“Midlands Gives,” a 24-hour, online donation challenge to support nonprofit organizations across the greater Columbia area, kicked off Monday at midnight. Due to technical difficulties, the deadline to give has been extended to Wednesday. More than 375 local organizations have a chance to raise money for their causes and to compete for more than $95,000 in cash prizes as they…

Columbia’s new ballpark hosting small business conference

Columbia’s fourth-annual Small Business Week Conference will be held May 5 in the city’s newest venue built in part by locally-owned small firms. Spirit Communications Park, home of the Columbia Fireflies, will host the informational event open to the public to provide resources about entrepreneurship and business. “We thought it would be a cool opportunity for people who have not…

Fireflies again fall to Greenville Drive

Outfielder Joe Tuschak became the first Firefly to launch a home run at Spirit Communications Park on Saturday night, but his blast wasn’t enough to take down the Greenville Drive, as  Columbia came out on the short end of a 5-3 score. The Dillsburg, Pa., product has hit safely in six of his seven games this season. Tuschak’s batting average…

Fireflies celebrate home opener with fourth straight win

The Fireflies opened Spirit Communications Park in style Thursday night, downing the Greenville Drive, 4-1. It was Columbia’s fourth straight victory. The first game in ballpark history saw 9,077 fans walk through the gates to catch the return of professional baseball to Columbia. And it didn’t take long for the Fireflies to dazzle the sellout crowd. Ivan Wilson and Kevin…

Fireflies fans revel in minor league baseball’s return to Columbia

  The Columbia Fireflies didn’t leave their new fans disappointed Thursday evening, snagging a decisive 4-1 victory over the Greenville Drive in the first game ever at Spirit Communications Park. More than 9,000 tickets were sold for the home opener, the return of minor league baseball to Columbia after an 11-year absence. And the fans who packed the new stadium…

Parking plan for Columbia Fireflies includes Bull Street parking, trolley service

Thousands of parking spaces will be available on the Bull Street property around Spirit Communications Park for the upcoming minor league season, according to plans released Friday by the Columbia Fireflies and the city of Columbia. Detailed map of parking for Columbia Fireflies baseball games this season. (Image provided) “We have made the process of getting to the ballpark simple…

New Cola stadium to be home to ‘Walk for Life,’ ‘Race for Life’ events

The 26th-annual Walk for Life and Race for Life events will have a new Columbia home this year. A new partnership between the Palmetto Health Foundation, which hosts the events, and Spirit Communications Park, home of the new Columbia Fireflies minor league baseball team, will bring the 2016 cancer-awareness events to Spirit Communications Park in Columbia Commons. Pink filled the…

Plans unveiled for major updates to Cola’s Bull Street

Bull Street, one of downtown Columbia’s busiest streets, should get a major overhaul to accommodate the large volume of cars heading into The Commons at Bull Street development, according to results from a traffic study released this week. “Traffic is a lot like water; drivers will try to find the path of least resistance,” said Jonathan Guy, traffic engineer with…

Columbia Fireflies ticket sales for inaugural season begin next week

Fans of baseball can purchase individual tickets for the Columbia Fireflies inaugural season next week. Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Feb. 26. The Fireflies play their first game April 7 in Charleston. The home opener at the newly-constructed Spirit Communications Park in the Columbia Commons Development on Bull Street is set for 7:05 p.m. April 14. The Fireflies will…

Columbia Fireflies to host job fair

Columbia’s new minor league baseball team is offering jobs for the inaugural season this spring. The Columbia Fireflies will host a job fair Feb. 13 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. “We are excited to bring these jobs to the community, “ said team President John Katz.  “We are looking for qualified individuals to join our part-time and seasonal staff….

“On time and on budget” developers say as Spirit Communications Park takes shape

Columbia’s minor league baseball stadium is moving toward completion in time for the spring season. Elected officials and community leaders gathered Thursday to take a tour of Spirit Communications Park in the Bull Street development. “This is going to be second to none,” said Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin. “Most of the people in this region for the first time will…