Founders Park, formerly Carolina Stadium, is a stadium located in Columbia, South Carolina, on the banks the Congaree River. It was built at a cost of $35.6million and is used as a college baseball stadium, home to the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.
The field's dimensions are 325 feet (99m) along the right- and left-field lines, and 390 feet (122 m) from the center. They match the dimensions of Sarge Frye Field which was the previous home stadium for the Gamecocks. The stadium has four indoor batting tunnels and a 3,900-square foot (360 m2) weight area. There is also a team clubhouse, coaches' offices, and an exercise room. There are five luxury suites, two club-level seating areas with lounges and a Gamecock store right outside the main entrance to the outfield plaza. A picnic terrace can accommodate around 120 people. The scoreboard is 86 feet (16 m) high and stretches over the left field wall. It also features a 28-by-16 foot video screen.
The main stadium entrance to Founders Park can be found in the northeast corner of the grounds, directly behind the center field wall. The mural was created by USC to celebrate the 2010 CWS Title. A showcase was also built at the base to display the 2010 CWS National Championship Trophy. Since then, the trophy case and mural have been updated to honor both 2010 and 2011 CWS Championship Teams.
Stadium Journey ranked Carolina Stadium second in Division I baseball venues in 2013, with an average rating of 4.6 stars across 7 categories.
Stadium Journey ranked Carolina Stadium the best Division I baseball venue in 2014 with an average rating of 4.7 stars across 7 categories.
The facility's name was changed from Carolina Stadium in 2015 to Founders Park. It is now the third American college baseball stadium to have a corporate sponsorship.
The stadium opened on February 21st 2009 with a 13-0 South Carolina win over Duquesne. 8,153 people attended, a record for a Gamecock home match. Former Gamecock baseball coaches Bobby Richardson, June Raines, and USC President Dr. Harris Pastides threw the ceremonial first pitches. Former lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish and USC alumni, Darius Rucker sang the National Anthem.
A stadium record crowd of 8,242 people attended a game against Florida on May 21, 2010. This record has been broken many times since. The highest attendance for a weekend series of three games (24,726) was recorded on April 15, 17, 2011, when the Gamecocks hosted #1 Vanderbilt. They won the series by two games to one.Springfield MO White Water
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