Fifth Third Park

Fifth Third Bank Signs Naming Rights Deal for Future Home of Spartanburg’s Professional Baseball Club.

Diamond Baseball Holdings Breaks Ground at Fifth Third Park, Targeting First Pitch in 2025

Spartanburg, SC – Nov. 1, 2023 – Fifth Third Bank has agreed to a multi-year agreement with Diamond Baseball Holdings, an organization that owns and operates select Minor League clubs affiliated with Major League Baseball, to become the official bank and naming rights sponsor for Spartanburg’s new state-of-the-art ballpark, the future home of the city’s professional baseball team.

Unveiled at a groundbreaking ceremony today at what will be the site of the highly anticipated stadium, the relationship marks the beginning of a new era in Spartanburg’s professional baseball history. Spartanburg Mayor Jerome Rice, South Carolina Speaker of the House Representative Murrell Smith, Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, Bruce Bannister, and Peter Woodfork, senior vice president of baseball operations at MLB attended the event and underscored the shared commitment of Fifth Third Bank and Diamond Baseball Holdings to foster deep connections within the Spartanburg community and create exciting fan experiences and family memories at the ballpark for generations to come.

“Serving our communities is the focus of our business and we are confident this ballpark will enhance the lives of the Spartanburg community,” said Charlie Arndt, South Carolina market president for Fifth Third Bank. “Fifth Third Bank is proud to extend our long-term commitment to Spartanburg and the Upstate through this partnership and our continued retail expansion.”

Fifth Third Park will be part of a multi-use project led by local development company, The Johnson Group, and is set to be completed before the 2025 season. The ballpark will feature modern amenities, cutting-edge technology and a seating capacity that ensures an intimate and electrifying atmosphere for fans. In addition to serving as the home turf for the club, the stadium will host a variety of marquis events, making it a hub of activity and excitement for residents of Spartanburg and beyond.

“We are incredibly proud to partner with Fifth Third Bank to bring this remarkable ballpark to life,” said Andrew Judelson, Chief Commercial Officer of Diamond Baseball Holdings. “Their dedication to the community and shared vision for a vibrant Spartanburg align perfectly with our goals at Diamond Baseball Holdings. We are confident this venue will not only be a premier destination but also a source of pride for everyone in Spartanburg.”

“Breaking ground on Fifth Third Park marks a significant milestone in Spartanburg’s economic future, bringing new opportunities that will have a tremendous positive impact on the community,” said Mayor Jerome Rice.

“In partnership with Fifth Third Bank and the Johnson Group, we are going to build one of the most beautiful facilities in minor league baseball,” said Tyson Jeffers, general manager for the Spartanburg Professional Baseball Club. “Our goal is to establish a community-first culture here that harnesses the unique personality of the Upstate and creates nationwide attention for Spartanburg. But most importantly, Fifth Third Park will be a community destination for fun any night of the week.”

The Spartanburg Professional Baseball Club will be a minor league affiliate of the Texas Rangers. The SPBC name is currently a placeholder until a new Club name, logo and mascot are unveiled to the public at a later date.

About Fifth Third Bank
Fifth Third is a bank that’s as long on innovation as it is on history. Since 1858, we’ve been helping individuals, families, businesses and communities grow through smart financial services that improve lives. Our list of firsts is extensive, and it’s one that continues to expand as we explore the intersection of tech-driven innovation, dedicated people and focused community impact. Fifth Third is one of the few U.S.-based banks to have been named among Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies® for several years. With a commitment to taking care of our customers, employees, communities and shareholders, our goal is not only to be the nation’s highest performing regional bank, but to be the bank people most value and trust. Fifth Third Bank, National Association is a federally chartered institution. Fifth Third Bancorp is the indirect parent company of Fifth Third Bank, and its common stock is traded on the NASDAQ® Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.” Investor information and press releases can be viewed at www.53.com. 

About Diamond Baseball Holdings
Diamond Baseball Holdings was formed in 2021 to support, promote and enhance Minor League Baseball Clubs affiliated with Major League Baseball through professional management, best practices, innovation and investment.

Cooper Gaskins

Account Executive, Ticket Sales

Cooper Gaskins joins Hub City Spartanbugers as a recent graduate of Clemson University, where he graduated with an English degree. Before transferring to Clemson, Cooper played two years of baseball at Limestone University.  During his time at Clemson, Cooper worked in the Clemson Athletic Department, the IPTAY donor dept., and interned with the Atlanta Braves Premium Dept. Outside of work Cooper enjoys golfing, fishing, and any sport with a ball. 

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Luke Feisal

Assistant General Manager

Luke Feisal joins Hub City Spartanburgers as the Assistant General Manager from Wofford College, where he spent the past four years as the Associate Athletic Director for Development.

Luke has lived most of his life in the Upstate South Carolina. He attended Greenville Senior High School, Wofford College for his undergraduate degree and Clemson University for his graduate degree. His professional career has included stops as an employee in the Athletic Departments at both of his college alma maters.

Luke and his wife, Alex, have one daughter, Mabry. Besides being a huge sports fan, Luke enjoys spending time with his family and friends, traveling, reading, and supporting the Wofford Terriers.

Devon Gerber

Merchandise Manager

Devon was born in Minnesota but grew up in a variety of places as his father was in the military. These places include California, Arizona, and even Germany in high school. He got undergraduate degrees in sports management and mathematics and his master’s is in sports management as well while playing tennis for the University of Dubuque.

In his free time, Devon enjoys traveling, playing and watching sports, playing video games, and spending time with his girlfriend Kaylynn.

Ian Dyer

Director, Stadium Operations

Ian Dyer joins Hub City Spartanburgers as the Director, Stadium Operations from the Colorado Rockies, where he spent 5 seasons within the Operations Department with his most recent role being Facility Manager of Coors Field.

Ian is a proud graduate of THE Ohio State University with a degree in Sports Management. He has worked in all levels of sports including time with his alma mater, Ohio State, the Nashville Sounds Baseball Club (Triple-A Affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers) and, most recently, the Colorado Rockies.

Outside of work, Ian enjoys exploring the country with his fiancé, Danielle, and his two dogs, Jax and Thor.

Tyson Jeffers

General Manager

Tyson Jeffers joins Hub City Spartanburgers as the General Manager from the Hudson Valley Renegades (High-A Affiliate of the New York Yankees), where he spent 3 seasons and represented the organization as the Assistant General Manager and then General Manager.

Tyson was born and raised in Mississippi. He attended Mississippi State University for his undergraduate and graduate degrees before moving to St. Paul, Minnesota to start his career in baseball with the St. Paul Saints (Triple-A Affiliate of the Minnesota Twins). He spent 8 seasons with the Saints before moving to New York to join the Renegades.

In his free time, Tyson likes to stay active, watching & playing sports, working on home projects, hanging out with his Chocolate Lab, Griffin, spending time with family and traveling.

Estee Hemphill

Director, Ticket Sales

Estee Hemphill joins Hub City Spartanburgers as the Director, Ticket Sales from the Cleveland Guardians, where she spent 10 seasons within the Ticket Sales and Service Department with her most recent role being the Director of Service. Estee is returning to Spartanburg after spending the 2013 -2014 academic year at Wofford College in their Athletic Department.  

Estee and her husband, Michael, who grew up in Spartanburg, will reside in Roebuck. Besides being a huge baseball fan, Estee enjoys traveling with her husband and spending time with her niece and nephews.  

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