Charleston, S.C. – Although 12 home games remain in the 2015 season, the Charleston RiverDogs, in conjunction with the South Atlantic League, have released the schedule for the 2016 season. The 20th season of RiverDogs baseball at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park will see the standard lot of 70 home games and the addition of a new in-state rivalry with the Columbia Fireflies.
Of course, the excitement and fanfare of Opening Night (April 7) and an Independence Day celebration (July 3) are annual top dates and great opportunities to enjoy the fun-filled experience that is widely known as RiverDogs Baseball. The schedule keeps the RiverDogs at home for 10 Saturdays and 10 Sundays throughout the season. Fans will be happy to see 12 home games on Thursdays and eight on Mondays as both nights feature $1 beers in the Ashley View Pub.
The Subway Series in the South will have a new home in 2016 as the Savannah Sand Gnats (Mets affiliate) become the Fireflies. The move puts the affiliates of the New York Yankees’ two natural rivals (both the Mets and Red Sox) within the state lines of South Carolina. The RiverDogs will play the Fireflies and Greenville Drive 21 times each throughout the season. With the 70 home games and 20 road games against Greenville and Columbia combined, the RiverDogs will play 90 of their 140 games within the state of South Carolina.
“We have a great schedule for ’16, which includes a new in-state rival in the Fireflies,” said General Manager Dave Echols. “That coupled with the promotions, food, and fun and the fact that it is the 20th season of baseball at The Joe is going to make it one of the most special seasons in franchise history.”
The RiverDogs will open the ’16 campaign and welcome the Fireflies into the league on April 7 with the first game of a four-game series. The opening seven-game stretch concludes with a three-game series against the Asheville Tourists. The first road trip of the season will take the RiverDogs to Lake Olmstead Stadium for four games against the Augusta GreenJackets and then to the new Spirit Communications Park in Columbia, home of the Fireflies, for the first time in franchise history.
The final road trip of April will see the RiverDogs head to Lakewood, NJ where they will take on the BlueClaws for the first time in two years. On the back of that road trip the R’Dogs will swing through Salisbury, Maryland and square off against the Delmarva Shorebirds. The end of July will also feature a trip to Maryland as Charleston will embark on a seven-game road trip to West Virginia for three games and Hagerstown for four.
Other road trips will take the RiverDogs to Greenville, Rome, Lexington, Asheville, Kannapolis, and Hickory.
Five Northern Division foes will embark on trips to The Joe next season: West Virginia, Hickory, Kannapolis, Lakewood, and Hagerstown.
August will be the busiest month of the season at home for the second year in a row, as the RiverDogs will play 16 games at home during the month. May, June and July will all feature 14 contests in the Lowcountry.
To view the entire schedule, please refer to http://atmilb.com/1UKBSN9
Individual game tickets will go on sale in March, while deposits for season tickets for all 70 home games and other ticket plans may be placed now by calling 843/577-DOGS (3647) or online atwww.riverdogs.com.