In addition to a lot of new faces among the players, five new things to look for at Founders Park on Friday as South Carolina opens the 2018 baseball season:
1. New coach
Mark Kingston, who came from South Florida, replaces Chad Holbrook as head coach. Holbrook is now coaching at College of Charleston.
2. New technology
Kingston and his Gamecocks assistants will be using Trackman and Hit Trax. The technology will give the USC staff more data for each pitch and each swing.
3. New party perch
The perch party deck (150 seats on the first-base side in front of the coaches offices) is the newest premium offering at Founders Park. Amenities include access to the deck to view the game in a social atmosphere, inclusive snacks and refreshments, and a cash bar.
4. New concessions
USC has a new concession partner – Aramark – and new concession deals, such as $2 Tuesday when select concession items will cost $2. There also will be Dollar Dog Nights when hot dogs will sell for $1 at games against Furman on Feb. 27 and Presbyterian on April 17.
5. New promotions
They include: Silver Slugger Saturdays (admission is $5 for fans 55 and older); Family Funday Sundays (4 tickets and 4 food vouchers for $40); and Kids Run the Bases after the game on Sundays.