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Columbia approves new ballpark

It went down exactly as Mayor Steve Benjamin promised: the Columbia (S.C.) City Council voted to move forward with a funding plan for a new ballpark on a 4-3 vote. The deal with Hardball Capital’s Jason Freier commits the city to borrowing $29 million for the ballpark construction and infrastructure costs. Hardball Capital will pay […]

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New ballpark feasible for Columbia: study

Columbia (S.C.) is the second-largest U.S. market without pro sports and could support a return of Minor League Baseball, but questions remain about a funding source for a proposed $41.8-million ballpark. A report prepared by Brailsford & Dunlavey indicates the market is robust enough to support minor-league baseball, despite some potential competition with the USC […]

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Sand Gnats exploring Columbia move?

Columbia (S.C.) Mayor Steve Benjamin wasn’t too subtle in describing a potential baseball partner for his city, leaving little doubt he was talking with Savannah Sand Gnats (Low Class A; Sally League) ownership about a new facility. In a newspaper interview, Benjamin talked about the existing owner also owning a new team in the Midwest […]

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New use for Knights Stadium: Racetrack?

A group is proposing a renovation of Knights Stadium, in its last season as home of the Charlotte Knights (Class AAA; International League), to a racetrack. The group foresees the transformation of the ballpark to a racetrack, releasing some renderings of a converted ballpark (like the ones above) and setting up Web and Facebook pages. […]

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