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USC baseball’s Founders Park rated top college stadium experience

South Carolina begins its new season at Founders Park on Feb. 19.
South Carolina begins its new season at Founders Park on Feb. 19. gmelendez@thestate.com

South Carolina’s baseball stadium has a new name but still holds a familiar spot in an annual national ranking.

Founders Park, formerly known as Carolina Stadium, is No. 1 again among college baseball venues in Stadium Journey’s Top 100 Stadium Experiences of 2015.

“Some places just do college baseball better,” the publication said of USC’s stadium. “Before you walk through the gates and are greeted by two national championship trophies, you’ll be greeted by tailgaters, boiled peanuts, cold beer and general excitement.”

The facility opened Feb. 21, 2009. The 2016 season, which begins Feb. 19, will be the eighth there for USC.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, where the Baltimore Orioles play, ranks No. 1 overall on the list, which includes venues of all sports across college athletics and the pros.

Four SEC baseball stadiums made the list:

▪  No. 7. USC’s Founders Park

▪  No. 12: LSU’s Alex Box Stadium at Skip Bertman Field

▪  No. 51: Mississippi State’s Dudy Noble Field

▪  No. 55: Arkansas’ Baum Stadium at George Cole Field

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