Ranking the Ballpark Experiences of South Carolina
Minor League Baseball can be seen from coast to coast. We’ve chronicled the best ballpark experiences in California and Texas, and now it is time to talk about the ballparks of South Carolina. The state may be home to only 5 minor league teams, but it has some of the highest rated stadiums in the sport. From Myrtle Beach to Greenville there are some excellent ballparks to see. South Carolina is a place you should stop if you’re looking for beautiful scenery while taking in a minor league baseball game. Here is our ranking of the Minor League Ballparks in South Carolina.
1. TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark – Myrtle Beach Pelicans 4.67
Myrtle Beach is known by many in the southeast as a popular summer destination. The city is home to many beach resorts, tons of shopping, and famous golfing. A close neighbor to the outdoor mall, Broadway at the Beach, is TicketReturn.com Field. The field opened in 1999 and has been the only home the Pelicans have ever known. Since moving here from Danville, VA (and before that, Durham, NC), the Pelicans have done an amazing job of catering to both local die-hards and casual tourists. With the massive variety of food options and many entertainment options, TicketReturn.com Field is easily a premier minor league venue.
2. Spirit Communications Park – Columbia Fireflies 4.29
Spirit Communications paid for the naming rights, and on April 14, 2016, the beautiful new Spirit Communications Park opened its gates for the first home game of the Fireflies. At a capacity of 9,000 for sporting events, the park is built to accommodate much more than just baseball. Spirit Communications Park can host sports from football to soccer, concerts, and other events, and is open to the public to serve as a jogging and walking track. Built as the centerpiece of an anticipated new shopping, dining, and nightlife district, there is true potential here in the Palmetto State’s capital.
3. SRP Park – Augusta GreenJackets 4.14
The Augusta GreenJackets have flown across the Savannah River and are settled into the brand new SRP Park. The team moved shortly before the 2018 season from their former home of 22 years, Lake Olmstead Stadium. SRP Park is in North Augusta, SC and offers a riverfront view just over its right field wall. The 5,000 seat stadium offers a 360 degree concourse, numerous special seating options and a much wider selection of concession offerings.
4. Joseph P. Riley. Jr. Park – Charleston RiverDogs 4.14
The city of Charleston is an overall fun city and a great place to visit. The same can be said about their baseball stadium, Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park. The organization really understands what a minor league team needs to do to succeed. They combine unique and quality food with a laid-back atmosphere. Altogether, it turns out to be a fun night. When you visit the city of Charleston, you definitely need to add in a trip to see the RiverDogs.
5. Fluor Field at the West End – Greenville Drive 3.71
The Greenville Drive is the A-level affiliate of the Boston Red Sox and are members of the South Atlantic League. They have played in Greenville since 2005 and opened their present home at Fluor Field in 2006. Fluor Field is located in the West End neighborhood of Greenville, now one of the trendiest areas of the city. In the early 1900s, it was a very different place, as it was dotted with textile mills and the homes of the mill workers. Fluor Field is actually constructed from bricks salvaged from these mills and has a Heritage Plaza inside the stadium to tell the story of these mills and the many mill-sponsored baseball teams provided for their workers.
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