The new home of the Lexington County Blowfish baseball club continues to grow as the team prepares for the first game of their inaugural season in late May.
Members of the media and invited guests were given a sneak peek of that progress Wednesday afternoon as they took a tour of what will be called the new Lexington County Baseball Stadium.
The team also announced a new partnership Wednesday that will be recognized during their May 30 game against the Martinsville Mustangs.
Lake Murray Country Tourism and the Blowfish are teaming together for the first themed jersey night of the season, and players and coaches will sport custom Lake Murray Blowfish uniforms as part of Lake Murray Night, according to Blowfish owner Bill Shanahan.
“Our mission is to help promote all of the cities, towns and wonderful attractions of Lexington County for seasons to come,” Shanahan said. “This is the first of five themed jersey nights planned. Each of these nights will help benefit a highlighted non-profit organization.”
Shanahan said the jerseys will showcase the “Jewel of South Carolina,” referencing Lake Murray and the Lake Murray Dam.
Fans will have a chance to bid on their favorite player’s jersey during the Jersey Off Their Back silent auction during the May 30 game. The highest bids will be announced after the game, and the winner will meet their favorite player on the field to receive their jersey in person.
All revenue generated during the auction will go towards the fourth annual Lake Murray 4th of July Independence fireworks show.
“We are so proud to see the Blowfish working with their community partners and specifically helping our regional tourism organization in the promotion of Lake Murray while offering a way to give back to Lake Murray,” said Lake Murray Country President Miriam Atria. “This jersey will bring awareness to the Jewel of South Carolina while assisting our organization in generating revenues for the July 4th Celebration of Lake Murray.”
The recent winter weather hitting much of the east coast also has provided an opportunity for the Lexington Sports Complex to host several collegiate baseball games.
The Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission will host 6 Division I baseball teams and 11 games Friday through Sunday for games that could not be played in the past several weeks.
The teams include Morehead State University, Canisius University, George Mason University, UNC Ashville and New Jersey Institute of Technology.
No admission will be charged for these games and the commission members say they hope the games will showcase future opportunities the Lexington County Stadium can provide.