COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - Any athlete wants to go out on top and the Columbia Blowfish did just that Thursday night winning what was likely the final game ever at historic Capital City Stadium.
Built in 1927, the stadium has been home to the Columbia Mets, Capital City Bombers, and the Columbia Blowfish, among others, over the decades. Thursday's 4-2 win over the Hi Point Thomasville HiToms was the final regular season home game to be played at a building affectionately known as "The Cap."
Earlier this week, Blowfish president Bill Shanahan, in a long anticipated move, announced the team would be relocating to Lexington County starting in the 2015 season.
"This is a significant day in the history of baseball in the Midlands," said Shanahan earlier this week. "We are grateful to Lexington County, who have been tirelessly working with us to bring these plans to fruition. The community of Lexington County is beautiful, itâ??s growing and itâ??s a baseball hotbed. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of it."
The Lexington County Baseball Stadium will be located off of Highway 1, at the site of the old Lexington High School football field on Ball Park Road across the street from the Lexington Dixie Youth Sports Complex.
The estimated cost of the stadium is $3 million, which is a part of a $23 million bond for improvements in sports facilities across Lexington County. Construction is set to begin this fall and the stadium is expected to be ready for the team's 2015 Coastal Plain League home opener.