2017 Fireflies Opening Week Schedule


2017 Fireflies Opening Week Schedule

Please note the following schedule is subject to change. Contact Fireflies Broadcasting & Media Relations Director Kevin Fitzgerald with any questions by email, kfitzgerald@columbiafireflies.com, or by phone at (803) 888-3040. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to confirm details. If needed, media can pick up their credentials at Spirit Communications Park on Saturday in advance of Sunday’s Fan Fest.

Sunday, April 2
  • Team arrives at Spirit Communications Park between 10:30-11:00 a.m. (approximately). Media are invited to film and take photos of team’s arrival, but no interviews will be permitted.
  • Fireflies Fan Fest begins at 1:00 p.m.
  • Team works out on field from approximately 1:30-3:45 p.m. Media are welcome to film and take photos; players and coaches will not be available for interviews.
  • Team autograph session for fans on the concourse from approximately 4:00-5:00 p.m. (again, media welcome to film, but players and coaches will not be available for interviews).
  • At 4:30 p.m.Manager Jose Leger and Tim Tebow will be available to media for roughly 20 minutes in the auxiliary locker room (located between the Fireflies and visitors' clubhouses on the field level).
  • At 4:50 p.m., former University of South Carolina / All-SEC outfielder Gene Cone and 2016 Coastal Carolina College World Series Champion Michael Paez will be available to media for roughly 10 minutes also in the auxiliary locker room.
Monday, April 3
  • Team works out on field from approximately 4:00-6:00 p.m., with batting practice scheduled for approximately 5:15 p.m. (media are welcome to film and take photos of practice, but players and coaches will not be available for interviews).
Tuesday, April 4
  • Media Day held from approximately 1:15-2:30 p.m. at Spirit Communications Park. Manager Jose Leger will be available from 1:15-1:30 p.m. Players will be available from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Team works out on field from approximately 2:45-4:45 p.m. (media are welcome to film and take photos of practice).
Wednesday, April 5
  • Team works out on field from approximately 3:15-5:15 p.m., with batting practice scheduled for approximately 4:45 p.m. (media are welcome to film and take photos of practice, but players and coaches will not be available for interviews).
Thursday, April 6
  • 2016 season opener against the Augusta GreenJackets (San Francisco Giants), 7:05 p.m. at Spirit Communications Park. Gates open to the public at 5:30 p.m.
  • Team takes batting practice from approximately 4:15-5:00 p.m.
  • Player’s and coach’s availability will be limited; contact Kevin Fitzgerald for scheduling inquiries. 
  • Manager Jose Leger, Tim Tebow and a player(s) of the game will be available to the media 20 minutes after the conclusion of the game in the auxiliary locker room.
*TV outlets that need parking for their station trucks on opening day can park in Suite Parking at the end of Freed Drive, as indicated on the attached Spirit Communications Park parking map.

*Media should also contact Kevin Fitzgerald to request headshots of Fireflies players and coaches.

The Fireflies open the 2017 season with seven games at Spirit Communications Park – four against Augusta (4/6-4/9) and three against the Hickory Crawdads (4/10-4/12).

The 2017 Spirit Communications Park Media Information Guide is also attached for your reference.

Opening Night 2017
Opening Night at Spirit Communications Park is April 6 at 7:05 p.m. against the Augusta GreenJackets (San Francisco Giants). Individual game tickets for the 2017 season, including the 2017 South Atlantic League All-Star Game on June 20 and the Total Eclipse of the Park onAugust 21, are on sale now and begin at $5 for the Bojangles’ Berm, $9 for reserved seats, and $10 for Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union All-Star seats. The Fireflies are currently taking reservations for season ticket packages, including full-season (70 games), half-season (35 games), quarter-season (17 games) and mini-season packages (12 games). For more information on season tickets and to reserve your seats for the 2017 season, visit ColumbiaFireflies.com, or call 803-726-4487.


About the Columbia Fireflies
The Columbia Fireflies are the South Atlantic League affiliate of the New York Mets. Winners of Ballpark Digest’s Best New Branding and Logo Award in 2016, the Fireflies play games across the southeast and mid-Atlantic regions, including against in-state rivals in Charleston and Greenville. The team partnered with the city of Columbia and Hughes Development to construct Spirit Communications Park, a multi-use outdoor sports and entertainment venue at the center of the BullStreet development. The Columbia Fireflies are owned by Hardball Capital, owners of the Fort Wayne TinCaps of the Midwest League and the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern League. For more information, visit ColumbiaFireflies.com, or follow the Fireflies on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

About Spirit Communications Park
Spirit Communications Park, the 2016 Ballpark Digest Ballpark of the Year, is a 365-day per year multi-use sports and entertainment venue located in the heart of downtown Columbia, SC. Spirit Communications Park is the home ballpark for the Columbia Fireflies, the South Atlantic League affiliate of the New York Mets. Designed for baseball, concerts, football, soccer and a host of other activities, the venue seats approximately 9,000 for sporting events and up to 15,000 for major outdoor concerts. With 16 luxury suites and a 7,000 square-foot Club Level Lounge, Spirit Communications Park can also host everything from business meetings to wedding receptions, and everything in between. The venue is open 365 days a year and serves as a public park with the wrap-around concourse representing 1/3 of a mile for walkers and joggers. For more information, visit SpiritCommunicationsPark.com.


Thomas Brennan said...

Be there Sunday at 4:30, Mack!

Alan Y said...

Tbow time!


Hobie said...

No roster yet? Or just T-ball & some other guys?

Lindsay? Woody?

Mack Ade said...

Hobie -

No... they hold the official announcement back until the last minute.

I'll post it as soon as I get it.

Mack's Mets © 2012