Monday letters: Columbia should have baseball

February 24, 2014 

— Here we go again. The Feb. 12 guest column by Columbia City Councilman Moe Baddourah (“We can’t OK stadium without listening to people”) made me cringe. Where is his head buried?

Has Councilman Baddourah gone to a Greenville Drive baseball game in downtown Greenville? Remember this team used to be in Columbia but City Council decided Columbia couldn’t afford a minor league team. So it went to Greenville and made that downtown even more exciting.

I have been to the Durham and Greenville baseball stadiums, and they are fantastic experiences that bring great energy to the downtown areas. And please don’t give me the “we have Gamecock baseball” excuse. I had season tickets last year, and it’s not the same, not even close. It’s a good college event, with very little fan entertainment.

I keep hearing from our non-business-minded City Council say that Columbia is the biggest city in South Carolina. And we don’t have a minor league team. Greenville does. Charleston does. Myrtle Beach does. But not the largest city in the state?

Please, folks, don’t make this another Costco. Wake up and make a decision that will help Columbia become a better city, rather than keep us as a small college town. All you have to do is check out Greenville and Durham. It will work.

John Livoti


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