The Blowfish Will Get a New Home
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — After nine seasons at Capital City Stadium, the Columbia Blowfish have found a new home. “You talk about a hotbed of baseball, this is the hottest of hotbeds,” says Bill Shanahan, Blowfish Owner The former Lexington High School football stadium will be the site of the new Lexington County Baseball Stadium, where the Blowfish will play. The ballpark is expected to have similar traits to famous diamonds. “We wanted people to say, you know, out at Lexington County Baseball Stadium right field, the distance of 312, is Fenway Park and center field is Wrigley Field and left field is Yankee Stadium and behind home plate to the backstop is Dodgers Stadium,” says Shanahan The architects for the project, Quackebush Architects and Planners, are no strangers to the Midlands. They also designed the University of South Carolina’s softball stadium. The new stadium will be smaller, seating 3,000 fans instead of 6,000 fans at Capital City Stadium. While the Blowfish call the move bittersweet, it’s one that will provide more than just a collegiate playing field. Once the stadium, estimated to cost $3 million, is built it will also be used for collegiate and high school baseball tournaments, championships, concerts and local events. The stadium will be paid for using the $23 million bond set for improvements to Lexington County sports facilities. Construction is expected to start this fall and be complete before the 2015 season. The Columbia Blowfish will play their last game at Capital City Stadium on Thursday.