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Bill and Vicki, who own Shanahan & Company Sports Management, parent company for the Blowfish, are thankful and excited to be back living in Lexington, and just celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary August 9th. They have have four children, and six grandchildren.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Bill and Vicki Shanahan Voted 2015 CPL Executives of the Year.
Bill Shanahan and his wife Vicki own and operate the Lexington County Blowfish Baseball Club. Bill began his career in baseball in 1984 and has over thirty years of professional sports ownership, management, sales and operations experience. The Shanahans moved back to Lexington, SC to focus on their Coastal Plain League franchise, the Blowfish, and the building and marketing of the new Lexington County Stadium.
It was quite a season for the Blowfish as they crossed the river from Columbia to Lexington County (a hotbed for youth baseball), and to their new home- the Lexington County Baseball Stadium. In just a twelve month span Shanahan worked out an agreement to have the County provide funding, negotiated a stadium lease, created the rendering for the new facility, and worked with the County, Architects, Engineers and Construction company to break ground in September, construct in eight months, and open the new ballpark in May to a sellout crowd to the new hometown crowd.
Lexington County Baseball Stadium was built for just $3 million dollars and has an intimate, warm and friendly feel. The stadium itself has a seating capacity of 2,573 and of the 28 home games it was sold out 11 times and averaged over 2,000 per game.
Over the last three decades, Bill has had the opportunity to help design and build a number of stadiums.The new ballpark has some unique amenities which allows for an intimate baseball viewing experience. Features of the stadium include an expanded concrete concourse, lower bowl “Wrigley Field Style” box seating, a vintage grandstand with a roof canopy, an air conditioned stadium club overlooking the field from the first base side, that can be used for special events, administrative offices, and concessions.
The dimensions used in the design of the field were taken from some of the country’s most iconic Major League Stadiums, including Fenway Park (302ft Right Field Foul Pole) Wrigley Field (394ft Straight Away Center-field), Yankee Stadium (318ft Left Field Foul Pole) and Dodger stadium (55ft Home plate to Backstop).
In their first season in Lexington County the Shanahans traveled to each and every town and city to meet community leaders to share the Lexington County Blowfish story. This county and all the citizens had now their own hometown team and new hometown stadium to enjoy great nights out with their families.
Some of the unique promotions in their first season included where on Saturday nights kids could play catch on the field with their favorite Blowfish players before the game, and every Friday and Saturday night fans could enjoy fireworks shows that lit up the outfield sky! Each home game the Blowfish honored a local military family where they threw out a ceremonial first pitch, got the best seats in the house plus complimentary hot dogs, popcorn and ice cold Coca Cola-just so we could all say thank you. A number of theme nights highlighted the schedule with Dog Day Tuesday’s where fans could bring their dogs to the ballpark and be a part of the “Pooches Parade” on field during the third inning.
“Princess Nights” also were common as well as hundreds of little girls would dress up as their favorite Disney princess and have the opportunity to parade on field as well during the games and always looked forward to “Disney Themed” Concert in the Sky Fireworks
The new team was well received as Lexington County embraced the Blowfish and consistently showed their enthusiasm with large crowds not just weekends but weeknights as well with total attendance of over 60,000. The Blowfish rewarded the loyal fans by reaching the playoffs and to getting to just one game away from reaching the CPL Championship series.
Bill and Vicki just recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. Their approach: to constantly to look to make new friends, provide cost affordable family fun, and continuously reach out and assist the families and communities of Lexington County!