FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Roughly 1,500 Soldiers in Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson received a special treat Saturday. Instead of spending the evening in their barracks, the Soldiers attended the Columbia Blowfish game against the High Point Thomasville HiToms.

The event marked the Blowfish annual military appreciation night, which included the cutting of the Army birthday cake and a fireworks show after the game.

Before the game, musician Eric Horner entertained the crowd with patriotic music.

The Soldiers were treated to complimentary tickets, hot dogs and soda.

The Blowfish beat the HiTomes, 8-1.