WATCH: Officials confident in parking for sold-out Fireflies’ home opener
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – If you’ve got tickets to the Columbia Fireflies home opener Thursday night, you’re not alone.
Team President John Katz said they’re sold-out of tickets, and expect to push the facility’s maximum capacity of 10,000 people. Even so, Katz said there’s more than enough parking to go around. In total, there are more than 3,400 spaces to choose from. Some of those are marked ADA-only, or are specific to suite and permit holders.
“It’ll be a learning experience not only for us, but obviously for our fans as well.”
They’ve laid it all out on a color-coded map. The green parts marked with a “G” are for general parking. Get to them off Bull or Harden, onto Colonial Drive. Those lots to the right of Colonial will open at 4:30 Thursday. Those to the left are owned by the state. They’ll open up between five and six. It will cost you three bucks, but you get a free trolley ride to the stadium. ADA and permit marking is marked in blue. For a bigger image of the map, click here.
“If people are coming like they are to a normal baseball, game I think they’ll be some traffic, but it’ll be manageable,” Katz said. His advice? Get there early, be patient and let the Fireflies’ staff take care of the rest.
“We’ll get people parked and into the ballpark in plenty of time for a cold drink and a hot dog before first pitch.”
The crew did get a dress rehearsal of sorts Sunday night, for the free Night of Joy concert. A couple thousand people attended. The week before, 3,000 people were in attendance for the free Fan Fest.
Thursday’s game against the Greenville Drive starts at 7:05 p.m.