CHARLESTON, SC - Leave it to the Charleston RiverDogs to have not one but two Opening Nights.
The original home opener was set for Monday, April 7, at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park against the rival Greenville Drive but rain in the Lowcountry forced it to be postponed until Tuesday, May 27. Re-Opening Night festivities will begin at 5:15 pm with the first pitch of that doubleheader being thrown at 6:05 pm.
"We had so many exciting things planned for Opening Night that we don't want to discard them," said General Manager Dave Echols. "Therefore, we'll simply have a second Opening Night and we'll call it 'Re-Opening Night' on May 27."
Fans, whether local or visiting from out of town, will enjoy the Re-Opening Night festivities as the club features the city of Charleston and its charm.
Re-Opening Night will have a grand pregame parade that wraps around the outfield warning track that will highlight many staples of Charleston including the College of Charleston cheerleaders, the North Charleston High School marching band, the South Carolina Stingrays' mascot Cool Ray, The Citadel Bulldogs' mascot Spike, the lads from the Holy City Beard and Moustache Society, and a quite few others one wouldn't expect to see on a baseball field. Santa is expected to join in on the fun as well. As the parade concludes, the 2014 RiverDogs will be introduced to the home crowd when they enter the stadium on horse-drawn carriages.
On-hand to perform the Star Spangled Banner will be national recording artist and local star Elise Testone.
But the pregame highlight will be the arrival and introduction of loveable mascot Charlie T. RiverDog, who will have a welcoming like none other. Fans will want to keep an eye on the sky for this one.
Since the Greenville Drive will be our Re-Opening Night guests, it continues the "Battle of the Palmetto State" rivalry series presented by Spinx. The winner of the season-long battle will receive the Rivalry Championship Trophy, and with it goes the bragging rights as the state's best Sally League representative.
Harris Teeter also presents 2-for-$20 Date Night Tuesday presented by NASH FM 96.9. Show your Harris Teeter VIC Card at the box office for a deal that includes two tickets to the game, two tacos, two fountain drinks, and one nacho tray, all for $20!
Those holding tickets from the April 7 Opening Night rainout may use those for theMay 27 game or for any home game for the remainder of the season. For tickets or more information, please contact the Riley Park Box Office at (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or online at 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.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.