The Columbia Fireflies today announced the updated plan for ballpark access and parking, along with a Clear Bag policy for Segra Park in advance of the team's home opener on Thursday, April 4, against the Charleston RiverDogs.
Following the exciting announcement this week that REI Co-op is coming to the Bull Street District, there are changes to the site parking and access plans for 2019.
Site Access and General Parking:
Site and parking access for General Parking lots and State lots are generally unchanged, with General Parking lots accessible from Colonial Drive. Gregg Street, which connects Calhoun Street to Colonial Drive, will be open for through traffic, making access to the field parking areas more convenient for our fans.
The State lots, located on the north side of Colonial Drive, will once again be a secondary General Parking Lot for Segra Park. Certain lots occupied during the day by the Department of Mental Health, Department of Health and Environmental Control and Department of Social Services will be accessible for Fireflies fans beginning at 5:30 p.m. and others will be open starting at 6:00 p.m. for weekday games. The are no time restrictions for Saturday and Sunday games.
Those who park in the General Parking lots and State lots will receive complimentary shuttle service to the main plaza outside of Segra Park. Cost for all General Parking will be $4.
As development in and around the Bull Street District continues, there is additional street parking along Gregg Street, Barnwell Street and Saunders Street for early-arriving fans. Street parking is free and is first come, first-served. A portion of the street parking on Gregg Street will be barricaded for all Fireworks nights to provide a safe zone for the pyrotechnical displays.
Permit Holders / Suite VIP Holders:
Permit holders will be able to park in specified lots accessible via the entrance to the site at the intersection of Bull Street and Elmwood Avenue. The lot is located adjacent to Pickens Street. Alternatively, Permit holders may enter at Calhoun and Talley Street to access the Permit lot.
ADA Parking will be located along the first-base side of the park and is accessible from the Calhoun Street entrance at Barnwell Street. The Fireflies will continue to offer complimentary ADA Valet parking service.
Both the team and the City of Columbia would also like to thank the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, DHEC and the Department of Administration for allowing the use of their lots.
"Segra Park has plenty of parking for the great crowds we expect on Opening Night and throughout the spring and summer," said Fireflies President John Katz. "The process of getting to the ballpark is simple and convenient. We will have attendants at and around each lot, as well as signage to direct fans to the best parking place at the time they arrive. Fans in both the General Parking lots and the State lots will be shuttled by complimentary trolley service to the front plaza of Segra Park."
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Catch the Comet for free transportation from Downtown:
The Soda Cap Connector operates for every Columbia Fireflies home game at Segra Park. Beginning one hour before first pitch, you can catch the Soda Cap Connector Route 3 from Main Street and Hampton Street for free. Busses run every 25 minutes and continue until one hour after the end of the game. The Soda Cap Connector network connects Segra Park to West Columbia and Cayce, The Vista and Main Street and Five Points / USC. See the link below to plan your free trip.
Click for Soda Cap Connector Map and Schedule
Clear Bag Policy:
The Columbia Fireflies and Segra Park are introducing a Clear Bag policy for all events beginning with Opening Night on April 4, 2019.
The new clear bag policy will provide a safer environment at events and should significantly expedite fan entry into Segra Park.
The new policy closely matches those already in place at all NFL stadiums and many NCAA sporting events. This policy also closely matches the policy in place for all Gamecock sporting events and concerts at Colonial Life Arena, with minor adjustments for families.
Under the new policy, each fan is allowed one clear bag (plus a clutch or small purse) into Segra Park that conform to the following restrictions:
- Clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags that do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12" -- A logo no larger than 4.5" x 3.4" can be displayed on one side of a permissible clear bag
- One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
- Small clutch bags no larger than 4.5" x 6.5" -- approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap
- Medically necessary items (after proper inspection and tagging)
- Diaper Bags (after proper inspection and tagging)
Prohibited Bags include, but are not limited to:
- Computer bags
- Binocular cases
- Luggage of any kind
- Camera bags
- Backpacks, cinch/drawstring bags, and fanny packs that are not clear and/or exceed the size restriction. Stadium Giveaways are permitted on the night of the Giveaway only.
All bags will be subject to search upon arrival and any bags that exceed the permitted size will not be allowed in.
"The safety of everyone attending events at Segra Park is paramount to us, and that's why we are implementing this new policy," said Katz. "These security measures have become standard fare at many sports and entertainment venues across the country and are quite comparable to policies already in place at venues in Columbia."
The Fireflies will have a clear bag giveaway on Opening Night for the first 2,000 fans in attendance, and they will be available for purchase at the Mason Jar Team Store for just $6.
Opening Day for the Columbia Fireflies is April 4 at 7:05p.m. against the Charleston RiverDogs (New York Yankees). Individual game tickets for the entire 2019 season are on sale now and can be purchased at the Fireflies box office, over the phone at 803-726-HITS, or online at FirefliesTickets.com.
Season ticket packages are available for the 2019 season. Reserve your seats by calling the Fireflies box office at 803-726-HITS or visiting ColumbiaFireflies.com for more information. Plans start as low as $70 and include guaranteed giveaways for season ticket members.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.