Baseball in Columbia SC
There’s not just one way to experience America’s favorite pastime in Columbia SC — there’s three! University of South Carolina Gamecock Baseball coexists with the Columbia Fireflies, the city’s official minor league team, and the Lexington County Blowfish, a summer collegiate team.
Home Base: Segra Park
Mascot: Mason The Firefly
Team Colors: Navy, Neon Yellow, Neon Green, and Silver
The Columbia Fireflies — a Low-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals—are Columbia SC’s official Minor League Baseball team. The momentum started in April 2016 when the Fireflies won their first-ever home game, kicking off a banner season. The Fireflies' team name was inspired by the synchronous fireflies that congregate in Congaree National Park each spring, and as a nod to its namesake, portions of the player’s uniforms glow in the dark. Put on your navy, neon and silver, grab your peanuts and crackerjacks, and head to Segra Park from April through the beginning of September, to watch the Fireflies at bat. Tell Mason we sent ya!
Home Base: Founders Park
Mascot: Cocky the Gamecock
Team Colors: Garnet, Black, and White
Columbia locals don't come to Founders Park just for the ballpark experience (even though it is ranked one of the best in the country). They keep coming back because UofSC Baseball holds a special place in their hearts. With two national championships titles in 2010 and 2011, and many former Gamecock players reppin' the capital city in the big leagues—like Jackie Bradley Jr., who went on to play for the Boston Red Sox, it's easy to see why this team is a major source of pride for locals. We promise a day out at Founders Park is always a home run, and you can experience that Gamecock spirit for yourself each spring.
Home Base: Lexington County Baseball Stadium
Mascot: Blowie the Blowfish
Team Colors: Red, White, and Blue
The Lexington County Blowfish are a summer collegiate team that undoubtedly packs the house each season. For affordable tickets and a rollicking good time, head over to the Lexington County Baseball Stadium and watch these "Boys of Summer" step up to the plate. A part of the Coastal Plain League, the Blowfish were named in honor of one of Columbia SC’s greatest claims to fame: Hootie & the Blowfish. As a tribute to their namesake, the Blowfish play a Hootie song for you to jam out during each home game. A visit to the Blowfish's home base wouldn't be complete without a "Blowie Snowie" shaved iced (trust us, the adults will love them just as much as the kids do), and a picture with Blowie himself!
Whichever team you decide to go root for this season, be sure to check out our guide to baseball in Columbia SC so you're in the know before you go!