CHARLESTON, S.C. - Looking to close out the season strong, the RiverDogs will open the gates down at The Joe for one final weekend. Over the course of their final four games, the Charleston club will mark the start of college football kickoff, ask "why not?" as they celebrate "No Rhyme or Reason Night," and entertain the masses with plenty of family fun as they wrap up the season over the Labor Day holiday.
With 285,512 already pouring through the turnstiles at Riley Park this year, Charleston is poised to eclipse the 300,000 mark in attendance for just the second time in franchise history. With a strong showing by the RiverDogs faithful, the club has a chance to surpass last year's record total of 305,622 as they welcome in the West Virginia Power, the Class A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, for a four-game stay to wrap up the 2018 campaign:
Friday, August 31, 7:05 p.m.: Friday Fireworks to the Music College Fight Songs: The RiverDogs kick off the highly anticipated college football season with a night celebrating some of the best traditions on the gridiron with classic college fight songs setting the backdrop for the final Home Telecom Fireworks show of the season presented by WEZL and Live 5 News. It's also a Red Shirt Friday at The Joe; fans that wear red to match the Dogs on the field can save a buck at the gate with the option to donate that dollar to the Palmetto Military Support Group. As part of the last Red Shirt Friday of the season, fans can bid on the game-worn red uniforms with the auction benefitting the PMSG.
Saturday, September 1, 6:05 p.m.: No Rhyme or Reason Night/Fly-In Helicopter Ball Drop with $10,000 Grand Prize: Don't ask them why; there's just no rhyme or reason about it as the RiverDogs celebrate the national holiday on an evening of complete nonsense down at The Joe. As part of the evening's festivities, the club will hold a Flamingo Emoji Awareness Drive, take part in the world's smallest game of PacMan, and decorate for the occasion with different themed restrooms at the ballpark. And most importantly, for one night only, ABSOLUTELY NO QUICHE WILL BE PERMITTED INSIDE THE BALLPARK. Don't forget to sign in at the guest book at the front gate; you won't want to miss out. As part of the Saturdays Live at The Joe presented by NASH FM and Fox 24, fans can stick around for monetary reasons after the game with a chance to win $10,000 as part of the final fly-in helicopter ball drop of the season.
Sunday, September 2, 5:05 p.m.: Holy City Sunday: Head to Riley Park for the final MUSC Health Family Sunday presented by CCPRC, Y102.5 and Lowcountry CW as the Dogs don the Holy City pinstripes one last time. Every Sunday, fans park for free and kids eat free, run the bases postgame, and play pregame catch on the field. Members of the MUSC Children's Health Club (12 and under) also get in free. For those that can't make it out to the park, Sunday contest will be broadcast on MyTV Charleston, Channel 36 over air in the Lowcountry, with Matt Dean and ABC News 4's Scott Eisberg on the call one last time this season.
Monday, September 3, 2:05 p.m.: Dog Day Afternoon/Fan Appreciation Game: Charleston closes out the 2018 season with a Monday Dog Day Afternoon presented by 98Rock. Bring your tail-wagging pal and enjoy dollar beers and hot dogs courtesy of Busch Light as the RiverDogs look back on another memorable season at The Joe. Charleston will unveil the banner of the fan-voted "Top Dog" of the season, honor their gameday employees of the year, and hand out the Ashton T. Phillips Award, recognizing an individual that has had a positive community impact with the RiverDogs organization.
Charleston fans can also bid on the RiverDogs home white jerseys featuring the commemorative "175 in dog years" patch celebrating the club's 25th season that will be auctioned off during the game, benefitting the Campaign for MUSC Shawn Jenkin's Children's Hospital. As part of "Dogs with a Cause," the RiverDogs and Blackbaud, the local software and services leader for the global philanthropic community, will share the spotlight with a local nonprofit. This week, the club spotlights Doors to Freedom.
RiverDogs single-game tickets, including options to the Riley Park Club, are available for the remainder of 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 www.riverdogs.com/tickets.
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