COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Columbia Fireflies are looking for active duty military members, reservists and military veterans to honor in their Inaugural Military Baseball Card Set, presented by AllSouth Federal Credit Union. The baseball card set will feature 30 cards and will be given to the first 1,000 fans in attendance on Memorial Day (Monday, May 29).
"Columbia is considered by many to be one of the most military-friendly cities in America," said Fireflies team President John Katz. "We have three members of our full-time staff who served in the US Navy for a combined 48 years, and many members of our gameday staff are veterans. It's an honor to share a home city with Fort Jackson, the US Army's largest Basic Training installation. The Fireflies are grateful for the service and sacrifices made by brave men and women - and their families - in defense of our great nation."
"We have served Fort Jackson since 1960 and consider it a privilege to be able to sponsor this first set of cards honoring those who serve and have served our country," said Audrey Brown, vice president of marketing for AllSouth Federal Credit Union.
The Fireflies hope to make this an annual tradition in which several veterans and active / reserve members of the military from the Midlands can be saluted. The Fireflies are currently taking nominations for the card set here:
Tickets for the 2017 season are on sale now. Visit ColumbiaFireflies.com, the Spirit Communications Park ticket office or call (803) 726-4487 for more information.
About the Columbia Fireflies
The Columbia Fireflies are the South Atlantic League affiliate of the New York Mets. Winners of Ballpark Digest's Best New Branding and Logo Award in 2016, the Fireflies play games across the southeast and mid-Atlantic regions, including against in-state rivals in Charleston and Greenville. The team partnered with the city of Columbia and Hughes Development to construct Spirit Communications Park, a multi-use outdoor sports and entertainment venue at the center of the BullStreet development. The Columbia Fireflies are owned by Hardball Capital, owners of the Fort Wayne TinCaps of the Midwest League and the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern League. For more information, visit ColumbiaFireflies.com, or follow the Fireflies on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
About Spirit Communications Park
Spirit Communications Park, the 2016 Ballpark Digest Ballpark of the Year, is a 365-day per year multi-use sports and entertainment venue located in the heart of downtown Columbia, SC. Spirit Communications Park is the home ballpark for the Columbia Fireflies, the South Atlantic League affiliate of the New York Mets. Designed for baseball, concerts, football, soccer and a host of other activities, the venue seats approximately 9,000 for sporting events and up to 15,000 for major outdoor concerts. With 16 luxury suites and a 7,000 square-foot Club Level Lounge, Spirit Communications Park can also host everything from business meetings to wedding receptions, and everything in between. The venue is open 365 days a year and serves as a public park with the wrap-around concourse representing 1/3 of a mile for walkers and joggers. For more information, visit www.SpiritCommunicationsPark.com.
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