Columbia's Minor League Baseball team finally has a name. City leaders and the team ownership from Hardball Capital held a news conference to unveil the name of the city's Columbia team as the Columbia Fireflies.
Spirit Communications wants to do more than own the naming rights to the capital city’s new minor league baseball stadium being built on the old State Hospital grounds. It wants to turn the redeveloped Bull Street campus into a gigabit community.
More than $16.27 million has been subcontracted to local businesses for work on the Bull Street minor league baseball stadium, recently named Spirit Communication’s Park, part of a successful effort to hire out nearly half of the project through the city’s Subcontractor Outreach Program.
Though it may not look like much now, construction on the minor league baseball stadium at Columbia Common is still on schedule, with significant bids on portions of the project expected next week.
“We have a huge hole in the ground,” said Hardball Capital CEO Jason Freier, “and a big pile of dirt next to it.”
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Columbia Professional Baseball will start taking reservations next week for 16 luxury suites that are featured in the $37 million Spirit Communications Park, which is under construction at the Columbia Common development on Bull Street.
The City of Columbia and Columbia Professional Baseball, announced Wednesday that Spirit Communications will hold the rights to name the new, multi-use sports and entertainment venue at Columbia Common in downtown Columbia.