Building the $37 million state-of-the-art Spirit Communications baseball park in one year is not an easy undertaking. But that is exactly what the City of Columbia and a consortium of developers using rented and owned equipment accomplished.
The new Spirit Communications Park, which is the home of the Columbia Fireflies minor league team, is the centerpiece of an expansive residential and commercial development in South Carolina’s capitol city. Formerly the site of a state-operated mental health hospital, the 181-acre area has been transformed into a new community, with the stadium being the pivotal development.
The proposed move of the New York Mets minor league team from Savannah to Columbia prompted the City of Columbia to use public and private financing to build a new home for the team.
Construction began on the 8,500-seat stadium in mid-2015 with the clearing of land and buildings. The project was under a tight deadline, with the first game of the season planned for April 14, 2016.
Rented equipment was used to build the stadium, including mini-excavators, which dug the foundations for the concrete pilings that supported the stadium; track skid steers, which cleared the area for the dugouts; and four-wheel drive forklifts to move pallets of wood, brick and framing material around the job. Scissor lifts were delivered to the project for interior finishing work and boom lifts for exterior finishing and light installations.
Severe weather delayed part of the construction and, as the deadline for completion approached light towers were rented to work in the early morning hours and into the evening.
Before the turf company rolled out the Tifway 419 Bermuda grass, mini-excavators were used to dig shallow trenches across the ball field for the irrigation system.
The stadium was completed in time for the Fireflies’ first game 4-1 win against the Greenville Drive, thanks to the efforts by the Neff Rental Columbia team who delivered quality and reliable equipment on time to the Spirit ballpark.
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