Written by Press Release
Tuesday, 31 October 2006 17:01
South Coast League Finalizes 6th Inaugural Franchise
ANDERSON, S.C. — The South Coast League is proud to announce that an agreement has been reached to bring professional baseball to Anderson, South Carolina.
The Anderson club will play a 45-game home schedule beginning in May of 2007. League officials have reached an agreement with the City of Anderson for the lease of Anderson Memorial Stadium, located on White Street, just south of Shockley Ferry Rd. The lease carries a two-year term beginning with the 2007 Inaugural Season of South Coast League play.
“We project Anderson to be a tremendous market for independent professional baseball,” stated SCL Chief Executive Officer Jamie Toole. “We have enjoyed working with Mayor Terence Roberts, City Manager John Moore, Anderson University Athletic Director Bobby Beville, and Anderson University Head Baseball Coach Joe Miller to bring this agreement together.”
Anderson becomes the second SCL South Carolina market, joining the nearby Aiken franchise. The two South Carolina clubs will join Albany, Ga., and Macon, Ga., as well as Charlotte County, Fla., and Bradenton, Fla., to compete in the 2007 Inaugural Season of South Coast League play.
“Baseball has the highest participation of any youth sport in our recreation program,” said Anderson City Councilman Tony Stewart. “Having a professional baseball team in Anderson will generate a great deal of excitement for people of all ages.”
The Anderson club will call Anderson Memorial Stadium home. Legion Field, which was later to become known as Anderson Memorial Stadium, was built in 1970 to replace Nardin Field. With a seating capacity of 2,500, Anderson Memorial has been home to various teams including major league affiliates of the Braves, Mets, Senators, and Tigers. After the Braves left following the 1985 season, the stadium continued to host many amateur baseball leagues as well as the Anderson University Trojans (NCAA Division II) baseball team.
“The city’s agreement with the South Coast League complements the existing recreation partnership with Anderson University and allows flexibility for future use by the University, the City and the South Coast League. We welcome this new entertainment option for our community,” said Mayor Roberts.
“Anderson University is excited to be a part of bringing professional baseball back to the City of Anderson," said AU athletic director Bobby Beville. "The Anderson franchise and the South Coast League will bring some improvements to Anderson Memorial Stadium, which will be a positive for our baseball program."
Anderson becomes the sixth and final charter SCL club. The South Coast League is a six-team based independent professional baseball league located in the Southeastern U.S. First pitch is scheduled for May of 2007.