The home of the Columbia Fireflies has been named "Ballpark of the Year" by Ballpark Digest, an award that goes to the top minor league baseball facility in the country for 2016.

Representatives from Ballpark Digest will be on hand for Columbia's home game against the Greensboro Grasshoppers on Thursday, August 11, to present the award.

There will also be a chance for fans to take home a reminder of the award as commemorative, full-sized posters will be given out to the first 2,500 fans for that August 11th contest.

"Spirit Communications Park is not only our Ballpark of the Year, it's also one of the best ballparks opened in the last decade," said Ballpark Digest Publisher Kevin Reichard.

"The ballpark is the centerpiece of serious economic development in Columbia, and an already-great fan experience should only improve once the Bull Street development advances."

"We are honored that Spirit Communications Park was selected for this tremendous distinction," said Team President John Katz.

"We're delighted to share this award with our wonderful community who make the atmosphere at Spirit Communications Park one of the best in all of Minor League Baseball. With the imminent growth of the Commons at Bull Street, the ballpark will continue to be a true entertainment destination for our community and for out-of-town guests."

Earlier this year, Spirit Communications Park set an attendance record for minor league baseball in Columbia and currently, 181, 673 fans have come to the park this season to watch the inaugural season of the Fireflies.