Playing at The Joe
Opened in time for the 1997 season, Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park remains one of the premier atmospheres in all of minor league baseball after two decades of service. Named after the city's longest-serving mayor, "The Joe" is the home of the RiverDogs and The Citadel baseball team. Riley Park hosted the 2014 Southern Conference Baseball Championship and previously hosted the South Atlantic League All-Star Game in 1998, 2000, 2004 and 2012.
The facility is unique in several ways - visually, of course - however, its uniqueness stems from the relationships fostered by the City of Charleston, the state of South Carolina (The Citadel) and a private enterprise (RiverDogs).
In the first season at The Joe, the RiverDogs set a new single season attendance of 234,840 - a record that would be eclipsed almost annually. The record was even broken in 2002 despite the outlandish game night promotion of "Nobody Night," when no fans were allowed in to the ballpark until the game became official thus allowing the RiverDogs to set the record for lowest official single game attendance: zero.
Most recently, the RiverDogs set a single season franchise attendance record in 2017 when 305,622 fans passed through the turnstiles at the Joe.
The facility is named after the long-time former mayor of Charleston, Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Mayor Riley, an avid baseball fan who is often in attendance having escaped the pressures of directing one of America's most historic cities. He is one of the city's great promoters of the game of baseball, and despite his objections, city council voted unanimously to name the facility in his honor.
Riley Park was designed by Populous of Kansas City, MO., known primarily for their work at Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore), Jacobs Field (Cleveland) and Coors Field (Denver), among many others.
Under the direction of former head groundskeeper Mike Williams, Riley Park earned South Atlantic League Playing Surface of the Year awards in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2017.
Riley Park has been rated among the best playing facilities on the collegiate and minor league levels, and once you've visited The Joe, you will concur.
360 Fishburne St.
Charleston, SC 29403