clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Mets minor league Savannah Sand Gnats set to relocate, become the Columbia Fireflies

The Savannah Sand Gnats are set to move to Columbia, South Carolina in 2016 and the Mets' Single-A affiliate will rebrand after the season ends.

Mets prospects in A-ball have made their home in Savannah, Georgia playing at Historic Grayson Stadium for the Savannah Sand Gnats since 2007, but that is set to come to an end after this season. The minor league franchise, who announced they would be relocating to Columbia, South Carolina earlier this year, unveiled their brand new logo this morning and announced they will be known as the Columbia Fireflies beginning with the 2016 season. Just like their predecessors in Savannah, the Fireflies will be a member of the Southern Division of the South Atlantic League.

The Fireflies will be Columbia's first professional baseball team since the Capital City Bombers moved away after the 2004 season to become the Greenville Drive. Capital City, also of the South Atlantic League, was the Mets' A-ball affiliate from 1981-2004 and has been affiliated with the Boston Red Sox since making the move in 2005.

Historic Grayson Stadium, the Sand Gnats' home in Savannah since 1996, was built in 1927 and the city has no plans to build a new ballpark with modern facilities and fan amenities. The newly renamed Fireflies will move into a brand new facility in Columbia called Spirit Communications Park, which should be ready for Opening Day 2016.