CHARLESTON, SC – The Charleston RiverDogs have served up 19 years of fun at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, and as fans join in “With the Crowd” once again, the RiverDogs will celebrate two delightful decades at The Joe with a pair of dazzling postgame fireworks displays and the first renditions of their two newest weekly promotions: Saturdays Live at The Joe and Holy City Sundays.
The RiverDogs will host an exhibition against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans to open the season on Wednesday, April 6 at 7:05pm before beginning the regular season with a seven-game homestand against the Columbia Fireflies (April 7-10) and the Asheville Tourists (April 11-13).
Wednesday, April 6, 7:05pm: “Battle of the Beaches” Exhibition Game Opener: The RiverDogs clash with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in the battle for coastal supremacy as Charleston hosts a non-traditional in-state rival. The exhibition opener against the High-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs will be the first of two contests between the clubs, with another game slated for next season at TicketReturn.com Field. Fans will have plenty of opportunities to donate to a great cause as a portion of the night’s ticket proceeds benefit the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital. Fans in attendance will have the opportunities to “text to give” along with donation jars at each concession stand. As Charleston battles it out with the Cubbie affiliate, only one question remains: Who will Bill Murray cheer for?
Thursday, April 7, 7:05pm: Opening Night: Always THE place to be in Charleston, Opening Night features a RiverDogs magnet schedule giveaway to the first 5,000 fans in attendance and will be the first of 12 Budweiser Thirsty Thursdays as the RiverDogs play hosts to the newest members of the South Atlantic League, the Columbia Fireflies (formerly the Savannah Sand Gnats). Get to the ballpark early (gates open at 6pm) to enjoy the pregame festivities including a unique rendition of the National Anthem featuring a piano provided by Fox Music and a special to be announced guest performer. DJ Natty Heavy will be shredding tunes all night long at the Ashley View Pub featuring $1 draft beers. The first of 15 postgame fireworks extravaganzas will follow as we open the 20th season at The Joe with a bang.
Friday, April 8, 7:05pm: Friday Night Fireworks: A pair of RiverDogs classics highlight the docket as fans conclude the work week with more combustion with an extravagantly explosive postgame fireworks show presented by Home Telecom and Mix96. The first of 11 Friday Night Fireworks shows will feature the fantastic fiddling skills with live music provided by Seth G. The RiverDogs will wear specialty red uniforms to honor our military as part of Red Shirt Fridays in association with ISHPI. Fans that wear red to the game get $1 off their ticket purchase at the gate with the option to donate that dollar to the Wounded Warrior Corps.
Saturday, April 9, 6:05pm: Saturdays Live at The Joe Presents “The Human Cannonball”: Fans can continue to expect the unexpected as they join in “With the Crowd” in a summer series of postgame shows. Come early for a pregame karate show and player autographs on the concourse. Stay late for the first “Saturdays Live at The Joe” presented by Kickin’ 92.5 and Star 99.7 that will quickly become a staple in Charleston. The RiverDogs start off the Saturday series with a bang when David “The Bullet” Smith brings his Human Cannonball Show to the Lowcountry following the opening series’ penultimate contest against the Fireflies.
Sunday, April 10, 5:05pm: Holy City Sunday / Kids Opening Day: As Charleston takes on Columbia in the series finale, the RiverDogs embrace Charleston’s “Holy City” moniker that has defined the community as a place of unity for centuries. The club will wear specialty uniforms that proudly display the “Holy City” namesake across their pinstriped tops with a new HC emblem on the caps. It’s also Kids Opening Day where Lowcountry youth take over the ballpark including taking tickets, throwing on a headset in the radio booth, and even becoming GM for a day. The first 1,000 kids 12 and under through the gates will also receive a RiverDogs t-shirt courtesy of Vapor Apparel. In association with Charleston County Parks & Recreation and Y102.5, every Sunday is a Kids Club Sunday where fans enjoy free parking and Lowcountry youth eat free, enjoy pregame catch on the field, and run the bases postgame presented by CPI Security.
Monday, April 11, 7:05pm: Dog Day presented by Z93/ “Dogs With A Cause”: The RiverDogs fittingly put the “Dog” in RiverDogs on National Pet Day, the first Monday Dog Day of the season in conjunction with Camp Bow Wow and Z93. Bring your pup to cheer on the RiverDogs as you enjoy $1 beers and $1 hot dogs presented by Miller Lite. “Dogs with a Cause” also returns on Monday nights, and for the first time in association with Blackbaud, Inc. The RiverDogs and Blackbaud, the local software and services leader for the global philanthropic community, will share the spotlight with a different local nonprofit each Monday. Blackbaud and the RiverDogs will host the Greater Charleston Civitan Club as the first Dogs with a Cause featured nonprofit.
Tuesday, April 12, 7:05pm: Miller Lite “Take Me Out Tuesday” presented by Harris Teeter and NASH FM: Take advantage of another great night to get out “With the Crowd” on the first Miller Lite “Take Me Out Tuesday” presented by Harris Teeter and NASH FM. Special ticket packages include a 2-for-$20 deal that includes two tickets and two meals for just $20 (box office purchase only). In-game promotions are certain to be full of tandem fun for all the duos in attendance. The RiverDogs also welcome College of Charleston Greek Life members as part of Greek Night.
Wednesday, April 13, 11:05am: Education Day: It’s Education Day; be here as The Joe welcomes students from the Lowcountry. 5,000 local students and their teachers will play hooky for the day as the RiverDogs finish the series with the Tourists and as the first homestand of the season comes to an end. The RiverDogs also tip their caps to seniors with another great opportunity to enjoy a day at the ballpark. Seniors 65+ that enter the gates by 11am get a free hot dog, chips and a drink.
Ticket information for the RiverDogs first homestand and any of the 70 home games can be secured by contacting the box office at (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or online at www.riverdogs.com. Those that can’t make it out the park can follow every pitch of the RiverDogs season on WTMA 1250 AM and streaming online at riverdogs.com. The exhibition opener on April 6 and the 11:05am contest against Asheville on Wednesday, April 13 will be streamed exclusively on riverdogs.com, with all remaining games of the opening homestand also available on WTMA 1250 AM in the tri-county area.