Minor League Baseball plans to come to Spartanburg as part of proposed downtown development project

May 23, 2023

New stadium in downtown Spartanburg would be the future home of a Texas Rangers-affiliated club

A consortium of public and private sector partners announced that a new baseball stadium is planned for construction in downtown Spartanburg and would be the future home of a Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Texas Rangers, currently playing as the Down East Wood Ducks in Kinston, N.C.

This project results from a partnership between the City of Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, the State of South Carolina, OneSpartanburg, Inc., The Johnson Group, and Diamond Baseball Holdings (DBH), an organization that owns and operates select minor league clubs affiliated with Major League Baseball (MLB), and which recently announced the acquisition of the Down East Wood Ducks.

“This is a great day for Spartanburg. My colleagues on City Council and I are excited to work with The Johnson Group and Diamond Baseball Holdings to bring this transformative vision to fruition.  It will be terrific to bring affiliated professional baseball back to Spartanburg. Additional affordable family entertainment coupled with needed white collar office space and other world class amenities will ensure Downtown Spartanburg is an increasingly impactful economic engine for this region. That benefits all residents of our City and County,” said Jerome Rice, Mayor of the City of Spartanburg.

The proposed state-of-the-art stadium, developed by The Johnson Group, would be owned by the City of Spartanburg. Diamond Baseball Holdings is the club’s new majority owner and would lease the stadium from the City of Spartanburg. Robins & Morton would serve as the general contractor for construction of the stadium. The team could begin playing in Spartanburg as soon as the 2025 Minor League Baseball season.

With 3,500 fixed seats and a 5,000+ square foot Club Room, the new stadium would also serve as a year-round venue for public and private events. In addition to the stadium, the 16-acre mixed-use site in downtown Spartanburg would include multifamily housing units, office space, and entertainment options as part of a $250M+ development project.