Columbia's newest pro baseball team will be the Fireflies

    COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - The new minor league baseball team that are currently the Savannah Sand Gnats will be known as the Columbia Fireflies starting in 2016.

    The announcement took place at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands Norman Arnold Campus in Columbia.

    During the press conference, team owner Jason Freier announced the name to the crowd at the Columbia Boys and Girls Club.

    â??The â??Firefliesâ?? identity fits perfectly with what we are looking to accomplish in Columbia,â?? said Freier, â??The firefly will become a symbol of the unity of the Capital City and Spirit Communications Park will be a year-round gathering pace for families, friends and co-workers to create lasting memories together and a place where major community events and milestones are celebrated.â??

    The name was selected from over 2,300 entries the franchise received during it's "name the team" contest.

    Other names that were considered were the Bulls, Wren, Heat and Capitals.

    Freier also revealed that the new logo can also glow in the dark.

    The other major revelation was the team's opening day will be April 14, 2016.

    Season ticket packages were also revealed, with a 12-game package being $99.

    Columbia Mayor Steven Benjamin was on-hand, along with John Katz, the President of the Fireflies.

    The first pieces of vertical steel were erected, Tuesday, along the first base line of the new ballpark.

    On May 21, it was officially announced that the Single-A affiliate of the New York Mets, the Savannah Sand Gnats, would be moving to Columbia for the 2016 season.

    For the latest information on the Columbia Fireflies or for ticket information, you can visit or follow the team on Twitter @ColaFireflies.

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