Harley Park Featured on StadiumJourney.com
Courtesy: Brian Wilmer, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
Originally Published: April 9, 2012
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – USC Upstate's Cleveland S. Harley Park was recently featured by StadiumJourney.com.
When approaching the University of South Carolina Upstate via Interstate 85, the billboards let you know about the sleeping giant living in the city of Spartanburg. Though Cleveland S. Harley Baseball Park and the university's time in Division I baseball are still in their infancy, this hidden gem will not stay hidden for long.
The park opened in 2004, while the university's program only joined college baseball's highest level in 2008. Formerly known as USC Spartanburg, this university has gained acclaim from many national publications for its academics. The athletic programs are starting to make their demands for attention, though, and the team that makes this facility their home is making a loud statement.
You will not find a goofy mascot wandering around, a bunch of on-field promotions, or anything silly at Harley Park. For fans of the game and not the between-innings trappings, this is just fine. Most of the intrusions are left to the PA announcer providing occasional updates on other Upstate sporting events, the occasional announcement and a classic rock soundtrack between innings.
Another welcome change here is that people at the park are really nice. Going to a game at Harley Park gives you a feeling of being among friends. The informal nature even extends to the ticketing process, as Upstate does not even hand out paper tickets. The attendant simply stamps your hand, letting you come and go as you please. This is a nice change from the usual concerns at the gate.
This is still a program on the rise, but those who filled the park on the day I attended were involved, wearing Upstate gear and excited for their home team. I also noticed some members of the Upstate softball team making their way over after their game finished to support their fellow Spartans. It's always good to see different teams supporting each other, and this is definitely the case on the campus.
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