Coulmbia, SC (WLTX) - More than 9,000 people flooded the new Spirit Communications Park on Thursday night in downtown Columbia to see the Fireflies in action for their first ever home game.
Fans of all ages were excited to make their way into the stadium.
"I like just being in the atmosphere of the people and I like coming to games," says Anna Logan Gillens.
This is exactly what Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin was looking forward to as the city began construction on the Bull Street project last year.
"This 165 acre Bull Street Development promises to bring $1.2 Billion in annual income to people in the midlands, 11,000 jobs and this is a chance to bring America's greatest past time here," says Mayor Benjamin.
Not only were people excited to watch the game, they were also looking forward to checking out the new stadium.
"It's unbelievable," says Nathan Mains, "it reminds me a lot of Coors Field in Denver."
However, many people weren't too thrilled about the long lines to get in and the parking.
"Traffic was a little bit challenging, and parking too, but it was expected," says Dalys Johnson, "I mean so many people."
"That is something that will be worked on I'm sure," says Catherine Martin, "it will get better as time goes along."
"Parking is not completed yet, but it looks like it's going to be beautiful after it's completed," says Eddie Jacobs.
Thursday night was the first of 70 home games for the Fireflies.
They will continue their series at home against the Greenville Drive on Friday night at 7:05.