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The ABCs of Spirit Communications Park

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ADDRESS
Spirit Communications Park is located in downtown Columbia, South Carolina. The address is: 1640 Freed Street, Columbia, SC 29201.

ALCOHOL MANAGEMENT
No alcoholic beverages may be brought into Spirit Communications Park. South Carolina law prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21. Therefore, guests will be required to show proper identification and proof of age to receive a wristband before purchasing or consuming alcoholic beverages at Spirit Communications Park. All sales of alcohol will cease at the middle of the 8th inning (sales may be cut off earlier at the discretion of Spirit Communications Park management). Only two alcoholic beverages are allowed per person, per purchase. Guests may not take any alcoholic beverages out of the ballpark. Alcohol consumption is prohibited in the parking lots.

ANIMALS
Guide Dogs and/or Assistance Dogs are welcome into Spirit Communications Park. No other animals are permitted, with the exception of Wag-Along Wednesdays as scheduled by Columbia Fireflies staff. Please see the Promotions page for more information.

ATM
An ATM is conveniently located in the Mason Jar Team store.


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BACKPACKS/BAGS/PURSES
Backpacks, bags/purses will be searched prior to admittance into Spirit Communications Park.  

BATTING PRACTICE
Batting practice times vary based on home and visiting team schedules. On most days, batting practice will conclude prior to the opening of the Spirit Communications Park gates (1 hour before game time).
 

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COOLERS/CONTAINERS/FOOD/DRINKS
In accordance with Minor League Baseball and South Atlantic League guidelines, outside food, beverages and containers are prohibited from Spirit Communications Park. Exceptions will be allowed for infants and for those people with special dietary needs. All bags are subject to search.

 

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DIRECTIONS

Directions to the Stadium from I-26:

Take I-26 to I-126 East towards Columbia. . . I-126 turns into Elmwood Avenue. . . Make a left onto Bull Street. . . Take the next right onto Freed Street. . . The ballpark located up the hill.

 

Directions to the Stadium from I-77:

Take I-77 to 277 South to Columbia. . .Take the Farrow Road/SC-555 exit. . .Turn left onto Farrow Road/SC-555. . . Continue onto Colonial Drive. . . Turn left onto Gregg Street. . . Turn right onto Freed Street. . . The ballpark is located on the left side of the street.

 

Directions to the Stadium from I-20 W:

Take I-26 to I-126 East towards Columbia. . . I-126 turns into Elmwood Avenue. . . Make a left onto Bull Street. . . Take the next right onto Freed Street. . . The ballpark located up the hill.

 

Directions to the Stadium from I-20 E:

Take 1-20 West to 277 South to Columbia. . . Take the Farrow Road/SC-555 exit. . .Turn left onto Farrow Road/SC-555. . . Continue onto Colonial Drive. . . Turn left onto Gregg Street. . . Turn right onto Freed Street. . . The ballpark is located on the left side of the street.

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EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
If there is any type of emergency situation that might cause a delay of the game or an evacuation of Spirit Communications Park, please direct your attention to the scoreboard and listen for announcements on the public address system. Spirit Communications Park event staff will also provide direction in an emergency situation. Guests with special needs should contact the nearest Spirit Communications Park event staff member for assistance.

 

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FAN INTERFERENCE
For the safety and enjoyment of all guests and players, interference with a ball in play or trespassing onto the playing field is prohibited.

FOUL BALLS (and other flying objects)
All guests should be aware of foul balls and other flying objects leaving the playing field. To reduce the risk of injury, please stay alert at all times! Thrown and/or batted baseballs, bats and other objects may leave the field of play.

FRONT OFFICE
The Fireflies front office is located at Spirit Communications Park and is open Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm. You can call the Fireflies at (803) 726-HITS (4487).

 

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GATES OPEN
Spirit Communications Park's gates open one hour prior to the scheduled game time, unless otherwise advertised. The gates open at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening games throughout the season.

GIFT CARDS
Fireflies gift cards are available in "Glow Dough" and may be used to purchase tickets, food or souvenirs. Glow Dough can be purchased at the Fireflies Ticket Office.

GUEST CONDUCT
Spirit Communications Park and the Fireflies provide all guests with a safe, comfortable and enjoyable atmosphere. Therefore, we have established the following guidelines for expected guest conduct:

- Guests are not permitted to interfere with other guests' ability to enjoy the game;  
- Obscene or indecent clothing is not allowed on stadium property;
- Foul or abusive language or gestures are not allowed on stadium property; 
- Sitting in seats for which guests are not properly ticketed is prohibited.


Those observing other guests violating the Fireflies' policies should report the incident to the nearest Spirit Communications Park event staff member.

GUEST COURTESY
For the comfort and enjoyment of everyone, the Fireflies encourage all guests to be courteous and restrict movement in the seating areas during play. When returning to your seat, please wait for a break in the action before entering the aisles.

GUEST SERVICES
Guest Services is located on the main concourse, just behind home plate. Guest Service representatives are available to help with a variety of concerns, including lost children, first aid needs and other general questions or inquiries.
 

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HARDBALL CAPITAL
Spirit Communications Park is a partnership between the City of Columbia and Hardball Capital. Hardball Capital is the owner/operator of multiple successful Minor League Baseball teams. The ballpark it designed, built and operates in Fort Wayne, Indiana, was twice named the #1 Minor League ballpark experience in the country by Stadium Journey magazine and has received numerous other awards and accolades.
 

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Kids' Club

The Fireflies offer both a free and paid Kids' Club program for children 12 and under. The benefits of that include: a discount on baseball clinics, a birthday card from Mason, invitations to VIP events, exclusive giveaways, special experiences (first pitch, junior PA announcer, etc.), and an e-mail newsletter. Sign up on ColumbiaFireflies.com!
 

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LOST AND FOUND
All Lost and Found items are reported to Guest Services and then housed in the Fireflies front office. If you are looking for an item, please call the Fireflies at (803) 726-4487.

LOST OR STOLEN TICKETS
In some cases, lost or stolen tickets can be re-printed. For more information, please contact the Fireflies Ticket Office.

 

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MASON

The Fireflies fun-loving-mascot, Mason, emerged from his forest home at Congaree National Park to help bring the joy he found with fireflies to the entire Midlands region. The fireflies called him "Mason" because, just as so many of them had found a home in Mason jars, he had found a home with them. You can email Mason at mason@columbiafireflies.com.

MASON JAR TEAM STORE

The Mason Jar Team Store is open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm. On gamedays, Monday-Saturday, the Team Store is open 10am-4pm.

MILITARY DISCOUNT

$2 off Palmetto Citizens FCU All-Star seats every game with valid military ID (in-person only). *Subject to availability.



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NATIONAL ANTHEM PERFORMERS
Guests interested in performing the National Anthem before a home game should send their pre-recorded renditions of only the national anthem to Fireflies Community Relations Manager, Elliott Anderson. Audio or video files are accepted. There is no guarantee that every performer will have the chance to perform this season. You can reach Elliott by phone - (803) 888-3015 - or email, eanderson@columbiafireflies.com, with any questions or concerns.

NEW YORK METS
The Columbia Fireflies are a Single A partner of the New York Mets. All players and coaches are assigned to the Fireflies by the Mets as they strive to make the Major Leagues. The path to Citi Field includes:

Las Vegas 51s (AAA); Twitter: @LasVegas51s
Binghamton Rumble Ponies (AA); Twitter: @RumblePoniesBB
St. Lucie Mets (Adv-A); Twitter: @stluciemets
Columbia Fireflies (Low-A); Twitter: @ColaFireflies
Brooklyn Cyclones (SS A); Twitter: @BKCyclones
Kingsport Mets (Adv-R); Twitter: @Kingsport_Mets
Gulf Coast Mets (R)

Dominican Summer League Mets1 (R)
Dominican Summer League Mets2 (R)

 

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OFFICIAL GAME
A game is considered official after 4 1/2 innings have been completed if the Fireflies are in the lead, 5 innings if the Fireflies are losing at the time of the delay. (See also RAIN CHECKS, RAIN DELAYS)


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PARKING
There are numerous parking options available when attending a Fireflies home game or special event at Spirit Communications Park. There are more than a dozen different access points to parking lots reachable via seven different streets around the in and around the development. The complete parking plan is available on the Spirit Communications Park Parking Information Page.


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RADIO BROADCASTS
Listen to Kevin Fitzgerald, the Voice of the Fireflies, broadcast all Fireflies games on the Fireflies flagship station, WGCV 620 AM, 105.1 & 96.3 FM. Game broadcasts are also available via the TuneIn Radio app or over the Internet at columbiafireflies.com.

RAIN CHECKS
Rainout and unplayed games due to inclement weather are an inevitable part of outdoor baseball. Valid rain checks may be exchanged for a ticket of equal or lesser value to any regular season Fireflies home game (subject to availability and group ticket policies). Specific information regarding any canceled game is available by calling the Fireflies office at (803) 726-HITS, or by visiting ColumbiaFireflies.com.

In the event an official game is not played, the following rain check policy will apply:

Valid rain checks may be exchanged in person at the Columbia Fireflies Ticket Office and are subject to availability.

RAIN DELAYS
According to the rules of Minor League Baseball; the home team is the sole judge as to conditions of the playing field, prior to the start of the game. The umpire-in-chief shall be the sole judge as to whether and when play shall be suspended during a game because of unsuitable weather conditions or the unfit condition of the playing field; as to whether and when play shall be resumed after such suspension; and as to whether and when a game shall be terminated after such suspension. The umpire-in-chief shall not call the game until at least 30 minutes after he has suspended play, and may continue the suspension as long as he believes there is a chance to resume play. The umpire-in-chief shall at all times try to complete a game. The umpire-in-chief's authority to resume play following one or more suspensions of as much as 30 minutes each shall be absolute, and the umpire-in-chief shall terminate a game only when there appears to be no reasonable possibility of completing the ballgame. If a game is postponed or not played because of inclement weather or other reason, rain checks may be exchanged for any regular season game (subject to availability) in person at the Spirit Communications Park Ticket Office. (See also OFFICIAL GAME, RAIN CHECKS)


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SEASON TICKETS
The Fireflies offer a full menu of ticket packages, including full season (70 games), half season (35 games), quarter season (17 games), mini season packages (12 games), and a You Pick 7 game package. For more information on season tickets and to reserve your seats for the inaugural season of Columbia Fireflies baseball, visit columbiafireflies.com, or call 803-726-HITS.

SMOKE-FREE FACILITY
Spirit Communications Park is a smoke-free venue. Smoking of any kind, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, e-cigarettes and vaporizers, is strictly prohibited.

SPECIAL EVENTS
Spirit Communications Park is designed for not only baseball, but concerts, soccer, football, as well as anything from business meetings to wedding receptions and everything in between. Spirit Communications will be open year round and features 16 luxury suites and a 7,000 square-foot Club Lounge. For more information on booking your next event at Spirit Communications park, please contact the Jaime Tamsin at 803.726.4487. 

SPRING TRAINING
The Fireflies major league affiliate, the New York Mets, conducts spring training in Port St. Lucie, FL. For more information, visit www.newyork.mets.mlb.com/spring_training.

STATE CREDIT UNION KIDS ZONE

The Fireflies Kid Zone, located behind the left field foul pole on the concourse, is sponsored by State Credit Union. Run the obstacle course, jump in the bounce house or slide down the big slide! There's plenty more. Each ticket for the Kids Zone is $1. One ticket gets you one the following:

1 run through obstacle course

2 minutes on jump houses

1 slide on big slide

5 baseball throws

3 baseball swings

3 soccer kicks

STROLLERS/BABY CARRIERS
Strollers and baby/infant carriers are permitted at Spirit Communications Park. Strollers are permitted along the concourse of Spirit Communications Park, but not in the seating bowl. If you wish, you may store your stroller during the game near Guest Services.


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TICKET OFFICE

The ticket box office is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5 PM on non-game days and 9:00 AM until the end of games on all game days. For tickets, please visit FirefliesTickets.com or call (803) 726-HITS!

THIRSTY THURSDAY

All Thursday Fireflies home games feature Thirsty Thursdays where you can purchase half-priced draft beer and fountain sodas at Spirit Communications Park.

TWO DOLLAR TUESDAY

At all Tuesday Fireflies home games, you can be part of Two Dollar Tuesdays! Enjoy $2 popcorn, hot dogs, and fountain sodas throughout the game.

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UMBRELLAS
Umbrellas are allowed in Spirit Communications Park. For the comfort and clear viewing of all guests, it is requested that those using umbrellas be considerate of those around them.


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VENDING/LEAFLETING
Vending, product sampling and campaigning is prohibited on Spirit Communications Park property.