Clemson & South Carolina Neutral Site Baseball Games To Be Moved To Spirit Communications Park
Perhaps one of the best non-conference college baseball matchups each spring is the Clemson-South Carolina series. This series is unique since one game is played at Clemson, one is played at South Carolina, and one game is played at a neutral site. Since 2010, all but one of these neutral site games has been played at Greenville’s Fluor Field. In 2012, the neutral site game was played a Joe Riley Park in Charleston.
Last week, the schools announced that the 2020 and 2022 neutral site games will be played at Spirit Communications Park in Columbia, while the 2019 and 2021 games will continue to be played at Flour Field. Spirit Communications Park is the 9,077 seat home of the Columbia Fireflies, which opened in 2016. “Each year, the greatest college baseball rivalry in the nation is played in three different stadiums around the state of South Carolina,” said South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner. “One of these games each year is at a neutral site, and Fluor Field and Spirit Communications Park are among the finest stadiums in minor league baseball. Their staffs are committed to making a first-class environment for our student-athletes.” http://clemsontigers.com/clemson-south-carolina-announce-2019-22-series-schedule/
Why would Clemson agree to a neutral site game only a few miles for the USC campus that could turn into a de-facto home game for USC? Clemson AD Dan Radakovich is not worried since tickets will be distributed evenly between the two schools. “With the tickets at Spirit Communications Park distributed equally, we hope to see our loyal fans from the Midlands area for the 2020 and 2022 games.”
“The two schools worked together in the process of determining the format and the site selections in this contractual cycle,” added Radakovich and Tanner. “Bids were taken from venues throughout the state of South Carolina and Charlotte. In the end, after careful consideration and discussions, the schools decided to host the neutral-site games of this great rivalry during the next four seasons at Fluor Field in Greenville and Spirit Communications Park in Columbia. We appreciate the bids we received from all of the venues and thank them for their interest in hosting a game in this great rivalry.”
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