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RiverDogs Return This Week to Open 25th Season at The Joe



After a week on the road to start the season, the Charleston RiverDogs are finally back in town and they’re ready to open their 25th season at Joe Riley Park. As usual, the team has plenty of promotions and celebrations planned for their first homestretch of 2018.

Charleston’s week at The Joe will feature a grand opening act on Thursday, April 12th against Kannapolis, a Saturday contest that promises to be “the most colorful night of the season,” and plenty more. Here’s a look at the schedule:

  • Thursday, April 12th, 7:05 pm: Opening Night at The Joe
    • The RiverDogs kick off their “175th season in dog years”
    • The honorable Mayor Tecklenburg has been invited
    • It’s also a Budweiser Thirsty Thursday presented by 95SX, featuring dollar beers and tunes from DJ Natty Heavy in the Budweiser Ashley View Pub
    • Fans can win access to the new Club Budweiser lounge at The Joe by following 95SX and DJ Natty Heavy on social media and have a chance to win tickets to the May 25th Salute to Service Concert featuring Brothers Osborne at The Joe
    • Get to the ballpark early for the extended pregame introductions
    • Fans will receive a RiverDogs 2018 schedule magnet while supplies last
  • Friday, April 13th, 7:05 pm: Friday Fireworks to “the Music of Musicals”
    • A night celebrating the music of musicals
      • Sing along to your favorite showtunes all night long
    • First Home Telecom Fireworks extravaganza of the season
    • Red Shirt Friday honoring the military
      • Fans that wear red save a buck at the gate with the option to donate that dollar to the Palmetto Military Support Group
  • Saturday, April 14th, 6:05 pm: Joseph P. Riley, Jr. and the Amazing Technicolor Ballpark
    • The most colorful night of the season
      • Fans can enjoy a specialty tie-dye grilled cheese and a rainbow sugar funnel cake
      • Kkids coloring station and painting area
      • Fox Music will be providing a piano to be painted that night by Kris Manning, Co-Owner of Black Tie Music Academy and Co-Founder of The Music Battery
      • It’s all leading up to the seventh-inning stretch when each fan will be given a packet of color powder that will transform The Joe into the most colorful ballpark in the country on a “Saturday Live at The Joe”
    • RiverDogs fans can also get to The Joe early for pregame player autographs.
  • Sunday, April 15th, 5:05 pm: Holy City Sunday/Kids Opening Day
    • The RiverDogs don the pinstripes and proudly display the city of Charleston’s famous moniker on the first Holy City Sunday of the season
    • Kids take center stage on Kids Opening Day as youth from the MUSC Children’s Hospital run the show, trying their hand at everything from ticket taking to PA announcing, concession staffing to operating cameras, and more
    • As part of an MUSC Health Family Sunday, families can enjoy free parking and play pregame catch on the field
    • Members of the MUSC Health Kid’s Club receive free admission, eat free, and run the bases postgame
  • Monday, April 16, 7:05 pm: Dog Day
    • Its man’s best friend’s night to shine on the first Monday Dog Day of the season
      • Charleston’s four-legged fans are allowed at the park
      • First of eight canine-friendly games at Riley Park this year
      • Doggie bowls and pools keep your pup cool throughout an evening
    • Dollar beers and hot dogs
    • As part of “Dogs with a Cause,” the RiverDogs and Blackbaud will share the spotlight with local nonprofit Positive Strides, an advocate, education, and support organization for injured athletes
  • Tuesday, April 17th, 7:05 pm: Live and Local Tuesday
    • Celebrate Charleston’s local scene every “Live and Local Tuesday at The Joe.”
      • The RiverDogs welcome Chef Jeffrey Stoneberger of 2Nixons to host a local restaurant pop-up meal in Murray’s Mezzanine. Tickets to the pop-up are available to fans with a limited supply of specialty tickets for $40
      • The popular blogger and social media personality Christian Senger, AKA the “Holy City Sinner,” (hey! That’s me!) will be the first featured celebrity guest PA announcer
      • Fans can also sample local fare at the local farmer’s market on the concourse
      • Live music in partnership with 105.5 The Bridge all night long
      • Check out the Landshark Shack for weekly drink specials
  • Wednesday, April 18th, 11:00 am: Education Day
    • It’s Education Day at The Joe as the RiverDogs welcome students from around the Lowcountry
      • Approximately 5,000 local students and their teachers will play hooky for the day as the RiverDogs take on West Virginia
      • The Dogs will also break out their ’94 purple and teal throwbacks to celebrate the club’s inaugural season as part of “Way Back Wednesdays”

RiverDogs single-game tickets, including options to the Riley Park Club, are now available for the 2018 campaign, the club’s 25th season as the RiverDogs and their “175th season in dog years.” Ticket information can be secured by contacting the box office at (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or online at

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