Fireflies 2022 season not affected by MLB lockout 

February 23, 2022

Fireflies Season Kicks-Off on April 8 at Segra Park 

Amid the current lockout between Major League Baseball owners and the Major League Players Association, the Columbia Fireflies today confirmed that their 2022 season will begin on time as scheduled on April 8 at Segra Park, regardless of the status of the Major League labor dispute.

Some Kansas City Royals minor league players have already reported to Surprise, Arizona to begin their spring training exercises to prepare for the upcoming season. The remainder of the Royals minor leaguers will report for Spring Training by March 2.

“Like all baseball fans, we are rooting hard for common ground, and we are hopeful that an agreement can be reached in a timely fashion,” said Fireflies Team President, Brad Shank. “For us though, the 2022 Minor League season and our team’s business operations will be unaffected by this lockout. The Fireflies will continue planning for Opening Day and the rest of the 2022 season.”

The work stoppage does not affect players who are not on the 40-man roster of their Major League club and players who are not signed to a Major League contract are expected to be in uniform at the start of spring training.

Fireflies Chief Revenue Officer Kevin Duplaga added, “We cannot wait to welcome our great fans back in 2022 and, of course, hope that they can enjoy a full Major League season as well.”

Opening Day is right around the corner in Columbia. First pitch for the 2022 campaign is April 8 at 7:05 pm at Segra Park where the Fireflies will match-up with the Augusta GreenJackets, Class-A Affiliate of the World Series Champion Atlanta Braves. Individual game tickets go on sale to the public Thursday, February 24 at 10 am.


About the Columbia Fireflies

The Columbia Fireflies are the Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. Winners of Ballpark Digest’s Best New Branding and Logo Award in 2016, the Fireflies play in the newly formed Class A East League and feature games against teams across the south including in-state rivals in Charleston and Myrtle Beach. The team partnered with the city of Columbia and Hughes Development to construct Segra Park, a multiuse outdoor sports and entertainment venue at the center of the BullStreet District. The Columbia Fireflies are owned by Hardball Capital, owners of the Fort Wayne TinCaps of the High-A Central League and the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Double-A South League. For more information, visit, or follow the Fireflies on Twitter (@ColaFireflies), Facebook ( and all popular social media platforms.


About Segra Park

Segra Park, named the Ballpark Digest Ballpark of the Decade, the 2018 South Atlantic League’s Best Playing Surface, and the 2016 Ballpark Digest Ballpark of the Year, is a 365-day per year multi-use sports and entertainment venue located in the heart of downtown Columbia, South Carolina. Segra Park is the home ballpark for the Columbia Fireflies, the Low-A East League affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. Designed for baseball, concerts, football, soccer and a host of other activities, the venue seats approximately 9,000 for sporting events and up to 15,000 for major outdoor concerts. With 16 luxury suites and a 7,000 square-foot Club Level Lounge, Segra Park also hosts everything from business meetings to wedding receptions, and everything in between. For more information, visit