Local teams; Allen University logo; Allen University yellow jackets; Benedict College Benedict College Tigers logo; Columbia College Koalas; Columbia College Koalas; Columbia. Although no major league professional sports team is based in South Carolina, the Carolina Panthers have training facilities in the state and played their inaugural season home games at Clemson's Memorial Stadium. South Carolina is also home to one of NASCAR's first tracks and its first paved track, Darlington Raceway, northwest of Florence. The Columbia Fireflies, a Low-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, are the official minor league baseball team of Columbia SC.
The Panthers consider themselves the Carolinas team and refrained from naming themselves Charlotte or any of the Carolinas. University teams represent their particular institutions in South Carolina and are the state's top soccer, basketball and baseball assistance options.