Capitol City Stadium

Also known as: The Cap
301 S Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201

Historic baseball stadium to see one more year of the national past time before getting the wrecking ball

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Capital City Stadium

The infield during the off season

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-- Sits on Assembly Road near the stop sign of Dreyfuss Road. Landmarks nearby include Williams-Brice Stadium, football home to the South Carolina Gamecocks, as well as Olympia and Granby Mills

-- Built in 1927 by Hall of Famer Barney Dreyfuss as a home for one of his Pittsburgh Pirates farm teams. (One version has the stadium built in 1945 and another says 1991; all others list 1927 which I believe to be correct.)

-- In 1959, baseball Hall of Famer (and Homerun King) Hank Aaron played his last minor league game here for the Jackosnville Braves against the Columbia Reds. He will throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the first game in the 2013 season.

-- In 1991, the stadium either got rebuilt or renovated. (Still researcing that part.)

-- 1993/94 sees Ron Washington managing the Bombers. Washington was a former player but would be better known as the colorful manager of the Texas Rangers who would lead that team to two straight World Series in 2010 and 2011.

-- The 1998 Capitol City Bombers are the South Atlantic League Champions and fields a team with future MLB star Alex Escobar.

-- In 2004, Edwin McCain headlined a concert at the Cap.

-- In 2004/2005, attendance is low at The Cap. City leaders suggest a joint ballpark between the Bombers and the University of South Carolina as the Gamecocks' Sarge Frye Field also needs to be replaced. Instead, the university moves ahead with plans for their own ballpark. The Bombers, once an affiliate of the New York Mets but now of the Boston Red Sox, weigh their options and then move to Greenville (SC) Municipal Stadium.

-- In 2006, the stadium became home to the Columbia Blowfish of Coastal Plain League. (Yes, they are named for the band Hootie and the Blowfish, who got their start a few blocks away at the University of South Carolina)

-- 2007 saw The Cap hosting Columbia's 13th Annual Oyster Festival which also featured the band Villanova performing. Villanova changed their name to Weaving The Fate (yeah, WTF) when they signed a major label deal. Danielle Howle and Everything After also played.

-- 2009 saw the new Carolina Stadium open just a few blocks over from Capitol City Stadium. The new home to the Gameocks is a state of the art facility which seats more than 8,000.

-- 2013 will be the last season baseball is played at this location. The city has sold the land to a developer who plans to build retail here. Wal Mart was widely believed to be the anchor tentant, though they have said they will not build at this location.

There does not seem to be a lot of concern by residents regarding the loss of the stadium. A lot of people protested the rumored Wal Mart, but not the demolition of the ballpark. Some residents of the nearby area say they would like to see the area made into a city park.

-- In his January 23, 2013 State of the City speech, Columbia mayor Steve Benjamin said one of his goals is to bring a minor leaque baseball back to the Capital City, possibly on Bull Street. Meanwhile, baseball has been played since 1927 at the Assembly Road location, but he voted to sell that land to a private developer who plans tear down the stadium there.

The Columbia Blowfish are looking for a new site to play. They are reportedly looking at a site that not only is not in Columbia, but is actually across the Congaree River in Lexington.

Update Log 

  • February 28, 2013: Added by Joseph Hinson

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