The South Commons Softball Complex and Stadium truly brings the value of sports entertainment and recreation home for the people. The softball facilities at the South Commons are unparalleled in the softball universe. The seven fields and stadium field host hundreds of local league competitions. In its short history, the complex has also hosted dozens of local, state, regional, national and even international softball competitions. As home to the Superball Classic, the complex was well prepared to host the 1996 Olympic Women's Fast-pitch Softball practice sessions prior to the medal games at Columbus Golden Park. Superball itself has gained recognition as the premier amateur women's softball event hosting international teams such as Japan, China, Australia, Brazil and of course the USA and many others.
SOUTH COMMONS PARKS POLICY
- Alcohol is prohibited
- Glass containers are prohibited in all areas
- No individual coolers are allowed in complex
- No pepper games between dugouts
- No ball-toss or hitting drills of any kind are allowed against the fences or backstops. Players in violation of this rule shall be removed from the complex immediately.
- Animals are prohibited in all areas (except seeing-eye dogs).
- Teams are prohibited from warming up inside the confines (between fields) of the South Commons Complex. Teams must go outside of outfield fences to warm up.
- On nights when the Civic Center is acting as Host to a special event that has parking charges, players and spectators are urged to utilize Lumpkin Boulevard and to access the first parking entrance on the right. Failure to do so shall result in drivers paying parking fees. It is the responsibility of players and coaches to educate the general softball public about this matter.
- Skates/skateborads and bicycles are prohibited.
Smoking is Prohibited at all City Parks and Recreational Facilities
- On Playing Fields
- In Dugouts
- Within 25 feet of bleachers or permanently affixed spectator seats
- Ordinance no. 02-14
No Pets Allowed in South Commons
Golden Park is itself a historic landmark. Originally constructed in 1906, the baseball park was completely renovated in 1996 just in time to host the first ever Olympic Women's Fast-pitch Softball event during the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta and throughout Georgia, USA. The ballpark also hosts such events as the Southeastern Conference college baseball championship and other regional tournaments.
Minor League Baseball prohibits outside food, beverages, bottles, cans and coolers from entering the ball park.
|Columbus Civic Center
The Columbus Civic Center is a multipurpose public assembly facility with 10,000 arena seats, 23,000 square feet of flat floor space and 5,000 square feet of hospitality suites. The Civic Center is the premiere venue in a large sports and entertainment complex, commonly known as "The South Commons Sports and Entertainment Complex." Since 1996, the Civic Center has played host to a myriad of concerts, sporting events and family shows including the Original Harlem Globetrotters, the "World Famous" Lipizzaner Stallions, World Wrestling Entertainment, Alan Jackson, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, BB King, Patti LaBell, Reba McIntyre, Lynard Skynyrd, Disney on Ice, Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus, LeAnne Rhimes, Lord of the Dance, Bob Dylan, 3 Doors Down and many more. In addition the Civic Center is also home to three professional sports franchises; the East Coast Hockey League's Columbus Cottonmouths, the Arena Football2 League's Wardogs, and the National Basketball Development League's Columbus Riverdragons.
|A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium
The original front of the Memorial Stadium is reminiscent of a Greek/Roman gladiator's coliseum. The design hints to its history of gridiron battles that have taken place on its fields. Once home to the Georgia-Auburn football contest from 1916 - 1958, the stadium now hosts local youth football and soccer, high school football and decades-old annual college football events - the Fort Valley State-Albany State and the Tuskegee-Morehouse game.
|Jonathan Hatcher Skateboard Park
The Jonathan Hatcher Skateboard Park opened April 11, 2009. The 32,000-square-foot facility is open seven days a week from 5:00am to 11:00pm. Please check the park's website for Rules and Safety recommendations. The park is named in honor of Jonathan Hatcher, a graduate of Hardaway High School and student at Columbus State University when he died in 2005. Jonathan and the Columbus Youth Advisory Council were instrumental in making the park a reality.