G. B. Hodge Center – USC Upstate Spartans

G. B. Hodge Center – USC Upstate Spartans

The athletic teams at USC Upstate are known as the Spartans and they compete in the Big South Conference of Division I NCAA basketball. The Spartans have only been at the Division I level since 2007. Other schools in the Big South Conference include Charleston Southern, Liberty, Winthrop, Presbyterian, Garner Webb, Radford and High Point.

Sports Journey: The Birthplace of Spring Training

Sports Journey: The Birthplace of Spring Training

Most people assume that baseball spring training has always been held in Florida and Arizona. The truth is that back in the late 1800’s teams basically held a few practices in their home towns before commencing their seasons. That all changed in 1886, when the Chicago White Sox set up the first legitimate spring training practice in the small spa resort town of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park – The Citadel Bulldogs

Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park – The Citadel Bulldogs

Since 1997, the Bulldogs have called the off-campus Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park their home field. It is located just across a marsh from the main Citadel campus. The 6,000-seat stadium is also home to the Charleston Riverdogs, and is named for longtime mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Riley served as mayor for 10 terms, serving from 1975-2016 , and was best known for guiding the city through the recovery from Hurricane Hugo. Mayor Riley is a Citadel graduate.