FLORENCE, S.C. – The City of Florence officially broke ground Monday on a $16 million sports complex that includes a new stadium for the Florence Flamingos.

The event was capped as Florence Mayor Teresa Myers Ervin led the first turning of the dirt in a ceremonial groundbreaking.

Flamingos President Cameron Kovach was one of six speakers during the ceremony.

“We are extremely thankful to be part of this great facility, this great sports complex,” Kovach said. “We are greatly appreciative and thankful to make this our home in 2022.”

In addition to the Flamingos’ future stadium, the new complex will feature a full-size track facility, a high school baseball field, five Little League baseball fields and a joint city-Florence One Schools farm.

Construction is expected to be completed in late spring 2022.