CHARLESTON, SC - "Disco Demolition Night" at Comiskey Park on July 12, 1979 remains one of the most well-known promotions in sports history. The original promotion was organized by current Charleston RiverDogs President Mike Veeck, but 35 years and one week later, this classic promotion will feature a 21st Century spin arranged by the RiverDogs.
On Saturday, July 19, the Charleston RiverDogs will host "Disco Demolition 2: You Better Belieb It," a modern sequel featuring the destruction of Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus music and paraphernalia. The RiverDogs will play the Augusta GreenJackets at 6:05 pm at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, and a postgame Bieber/Cyrus demolition on the field will follow the contest.
"Like so many, we have taken special exception to Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus's music along with his numerous run-ins with the law and her controversial performances," said RiverDogs General Manager Dave Echols. "'Disco Demolition 2' is dedicated to the eradication of their dread musical disease, like the original Disco Demolition attempted to do. We are going to take Bieber and Cyrus's merchandise and memorabilia, put it in a giant box, and blow it to smithereens. It is all in good fun, and we guarantee there won't be a forfeit of a game."
Fans that bring Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus items to the game will receive a $1 ticket. Video montages throughout the game will pump up the fans prior to the dramatic postgame demolition. In addition, the RiverDogs will no longer play Bieber and Cyrus music at Riley Park.
In 1979, Veeck created "Disco Demolition Night," which occurred in a twi-night doubleheader between the White Sox and the Detroit Tigers. Disco records were blown up after the first game, but fans stormed the field and the nightcap was declared a forfeit due to unplayable conditions. This is still the last American League game to be forfeited, and it remains an iconic event in music history and pop culture as a whole.
"Disco Demolition 2: You Better Belieb It" is just one of the many attractions for Saturday, July 19. The RiverDogs also have a Bill Veeck Bobble-Leg Giveaway, courtesy of WCBD Channel 2, for the first 1,000 fans through the gates along with Military Appreciation Night from ISHPI and Social Media Saturday. This game is also part of a seven-game Charleston homestand. For more information or to order tickets to any RiverDogs game, visit the Riley Park Box Office, call (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or head on-line to www.riverdogs.com. If fans cannot make it to the ballpark, they are encouraged to tune in to all the action this year both home and away worldwide on www.riverdogs.com and locally on 1250 WTMA, the new radio home for RiverDogs baseball.