Russell C. King Field – Wofford Terriers
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Wofford is a small liberal arts college located in Spartanburg, SC. It was founded in 1854 and is one of the few pre-Civil War college campuses still operating in the same location. The Methodist Church-affiliated school has a student body of 1,650.
The Wofford athletic teams are known as the Terriers and they play in the Southern Conference of Division I Baseball. The school has fielded a baseball team since 1895 but has been playing on-campus only since 2004. The home field for the Terriers is Russell King Stadium, named for a prominent Wofford alumnus and former baseball star.
King Stadium has seating for 1000, with room for another 1,500 on the grass berms overlooking the field on both the first and third base lines.
Food & Beverage 3
Wofford utilizes a rotating set of food trucks at each game. The game we attended featured a Mexican food truck serving tacos ($3), burritos ($6.75) and nachos ($7.75). Standard items available at all game include cracker jacks ($2), candy ($2) and chips ($2). Beverages include Coca Cola brand sodas ($2) and water ($2).
King Stadium is a well-planned facility. The playing surface is at the base of a hill with the grandstands built into the hill overlooking it. This provides excellent sight lines no matter where you sit. The bleachers also feature a cantilevered roof providing shade from the sun for the fans. There are also natural berms along the baselines for those who prefer to sit on a beach towel. The landscaping around the field utilizes evergreens for the batter’s eye and shade tree plantings along the berms.
Wofford is located is located in Spartanburg, SC. Spartanburg is located midway between Greenville, SC and Charlotte, NC along I -85 and only 1 hour from Asheville, NC via I-26. It has often been known as “Hub City” due to its strategic location for commerce. It should come as no surprise that two of the city’s main attractions relate to transportation. Spartanburg is home to the only BMW Museum in the country, as well as the Hub City Railroad Museum. On the food front, you can’t come to the south and not eat BBQ, and we find the best in town at Pig Out BBQ. Spartanburg also has a wide variety of accommodations available due to its strategic location along two major interstates. The two we would recommend near Wofford College are the Comfort Inn on Candlenut Lane and the Holiday Inn Express on East Main Street.
The Terriers have a very loyal fan base who fill up a good percentage of the bleachers. It is heavily skewed towards student body members, but we did notice many local businessmen join the crowd after the work day concludes. Both the Wofford Alumni Association and the team parents group are also regulars at each game.
Because Wofford has such a small student body, nearly every player on the field is known by their first name. We find this to be a positive, as it is reminiscent of the youth baseball leagues we all grew up in.
Wofford University and King Stadium are easily reached via I-85. From I-85, take exit 69 towards Spartanburg. You will then take SC Hwy 56 / Asheville Highway via exit 4. Enter the next roundabout, taking the 2nd exit onto SC Highway 56. You will turn left into the campus at Wofford Campus Drive and follow the signs to Russell King Stadium. Parking is available in front of the Richardson Athletics Building. The stadium has plenty of seating on the plaza atop the seating bowl, with accessible restrooms and concessions.
Return on Investment 4
A day out at a Terriers game provides an excellent return on investment. There is no charge for admission or parking and the concessions are offered at a very reasonable price, Hotels in the Spartanburg area are typically under $100 per night.
The Carolina Panthers of the NFL have held their preseason camps at Wofford since the team’s inception. Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is a Wofford alumnus.
Wofford typically plays 2-3 of its home games at Fluor Field in Greenville. These games would include the rivalry games with Furman University and games with SEC / ACC opponents that would exceed the capacity of King Stadium.
The athletic department has done an excellent job of making sure that all the athletic facilities echo the architecture found throughout the academic campus
This stadium offers a very pleasant atmosphere to enjoy a baseball game on a spring afternoon.
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Comfort Inn and Suites
154 Candlenut Ln
Spartanburg, SC 29316
Holiday Inn Express
895 Spartan Blvd
Spartanburg, SC 29306
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