CHARLESTON, SC - Whether it's the emerald green
field, the smell of the aromatic fare, the crack of the wood bat or even the
sound of the crowd, all baseball fans have a reason why they love the game of
The Charleston RiverDogs have announced their 2011
promotional slate which begins on Opening Night April 15, when the club hosts
the Rome Braves at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park at 7:05 p.m.
"We have another lineup of outstanding promotions
that fans of all ages will enjoy," said General Manager Dave Echols. "Our
goal is to have a full evening of fun mixed with quality baseball. We
believe that when people come to Riley Park for RiverDogs games that they will
leave their troubles behind for several hours and enjoy themselves."
Through their "Be Your Own Fan" campaign, the
Charleston RiverDogs have also given fans plenty of reason to love the baseball
experience off the field with fun and innovative promotions that allow everyone
to discover what makes games special for them, regardless of wins and losses.
Because of the great response the RiverDogs received from the Charleston
faithful via social media last season, the team encourages fans to make their
own videos and submit them via Facebook and Twitter to let us know what the best
part about being a RiverDogs fan is.
An essential part of the "Be Your Own Fan" mission
involves reaching out to different parts of the community, and the RiverDogs
have stepped up their efforts in this department in 2011. One primary focus is
children, who will have The Joe at their discretion on Charleston County Parks & Recreation
Commission Family Sundays when they can eat for free, play catch on the
field before the game, and head back onto the field after the contest for a
post-game autograph session with the team, coaches and mascots. If the thrill of
seeing their children take in all that goes with a RiverDogs game wasn't enough,
mom and dad will also be treated to free parking at every Sunday
While each and every RiverDogs game is an event you
don't to miss, Go Local Lowcountry Local
First Saturdays figure to be particularly memorable in 2011. Thanks to the
RiverDogs partnership with
the organization, fans will be the beneficiaries of free giveaways at all eleven
Saturday home dates. In addition to typical ballpark freebies like t-shirts and
hats, the organization feeds off its "Be Your Own Fan" mantra to deliver unique
items like personal beach coolers, nite lites, and salt and pepper shakers to
Part of the RiverDogs' community outreach will also
be devoted to women's groups with Women's Wellness Night presented by Germain Dermatology on May 7 and Women
in Defense Night presented by SAIC
on July 9. And per the usual, the
RiverDogs will show their gratitude to area veterans serving our country with
three Force Protection Industries,
Inc. Military Appreciation Nights throughout the season.
NEW PROMO NIGHTS:
April 21: Halfway to Halloween Night is your chance to dress your
best - or worst - on another Budweiser Thirsty Thursday at The
May 18: Pirate Night comes on a Ballpark Buffet Wednesday,
giving fans the opportunity to aarrgh and eat to your heart's content in the
comforts of the Ashley View Pub.
June 23: Salute to "The Dude" - Lebowski Night
when the RiverDogs invite all Jeff
Bridges fans to show off their affinity for the cult
July 23: Roberto
Alomar Rainbows Jersey Giveaway Night allows RiverDogs fans to take home a
special limited edition jersey of the soon-to-be Hall of Famer who broke into
professional ball with Charleston in 1985.
August 6: Josh
Hamilton RiverDogs-Rangers Bobblehead Giveaway Night gives fans the best of both
worlds. The bobblehead honors the 2010 American League MVP and pays tribute to
his Charleston roots.
August 16: Dirty Jobs Night gives RiverDogs fans the chance to do their
best Mike Rowe impersonation and get a feel for some of the most unconventional
STANDARD NIGHTLY PROMOS:
Mondays: Dogs With a
Cause Night: The RiverDogs partner with a local non-profit organization to
generate exposure and funds for a specific cause that is presented by 98X &
105.5 FM The Bridge. Back by popular demand in 2011 is also our Hair of
the Dog Mondays, which allow fans to enjoy $1 beers in the Ashley View Pub to
kick back and relax after the start of the work week.
Tuesdays: KRAFT Singles Two-for-Tuesdays: Two-for-one ticket discounts are
available on lower and upper reserve seats and general admission, while reaping
those same benefits with your favorite concessions presented by 98.9 Chick FM. Fans will also
have the opportunity aid the needy and catch the ballgame at half-price by
donating a canned food item that will be sent directly to the LowCountry Food Bank courtesy of the
RiverDogs' alliance with Piggly
Wednesdays: Ballpark Buffet Wednesdays: A tasty,
face-stuffing, rib-sticking buffet is available for just $20 in the Ashley View
Pub, presented by WSPO. NEW in 2011, the RiverDogs pay tribute
to their longest tenured fans as seniors 65 and older will eat for
Thursdays: Budweiser Thirsty Thursdays: Get an early start on the weekend
with $1 food and beverage specials in the Ashley View Pub presented by 95 SX.
Fridays: Piggly Wiggly Fireworks & Force
Protection Industries, Inc. Red Shirt Fridays: This popular night makes a
return as fans that wear red to the ballpark receive $1 off their ticket and
then may donate those savings to a military family in need presented by 103.5 FM WEZL. Every Friday will
be punctuated with explosive post-game fireworks, presented by Piggly Wiggly.
Saturdays: Go Local Saturdays: Thanks to the
RiverDogs' partnership with Lowcountry
Local First, the first 1,000 fans at every Saturday game will be treated to
free giveaways. This year's freebies consist of personal beach coolers,
a Roberto Alomar Rainbows jersey, a
Josh Hamilton RiverDogs-Rangers bobblehead, and a tailgate chair, to name a
few. In addition, all kids 12-under will once again be able to run the
bases following the game.
Sundays: Charleston County Parks & Recreation
Commission Family Sundays:
Presented by Pepsi and 101.7 Chuck FM, Sundays at Riley Park
feature Free Parking and Kids Eat Free. But that's not all as the
RiverDogs pull out all the stops to cater to kids, offering a pregame
catch on the field, reading with the RiverDogs and the popular post-game
autograph session with the team and loveable mascots Charlie T. RiverDog,
Chelsea and Bark.
RETURNING THEME NIGHTS:
Dog Days: Presented by CCPRC; bring your pooch to the
park on April 17, May 22 and June 26.
Boy Scout Night: The devoted scouts of the Lowcountry
will receive their well-deserved recognition and be treated to an overnight
camp-out at the Joe following the May 20 game.
Girl Scout Night: On June 3, the RiverDogs will call all
Daisies, Brownies, and veteran girl scouts to Riley Park for a night of baseball
and a postgame sleep-over at the stadium.
Military Appreciation Nights: Presented by Force Protection Industries, Inc., we
salute our men and women who help protect our freedoms; May 19, June 25 and
Education Day: Have fun with the kids; May 23 with a
rare 11:05 a.m. scheduled start time.
Irish Night: A night, similar to March 17, when everyone
is Irish; May 11.
Firefighter Appreciation Night: We acknowledge the services provided by this
group of first responders; Presented by Service Master on June 2.
Look, My Hot Dog is GREEN! Night: Cash is hidden
inside wrapped hot dogs; May 10.
Salute to Negro League Baseball: This is our annual salute to some of the
game's great players; June 12. Fans will also be treated to a postgame
Big Splash Day: Be prepared to get wet, plain and
simple; July 26 with a 12:05 p.m. start time.
Go Back To Ohio Night: The RiverDogs poke fun at the
Buckeye state with this wacky and always popular promotion on August
May 20: The 4th Annual Professional Baseball Scouts Hall
of Fame Night, where the RiverDogs will enshrine Kansas City Royals scout Mike
Toomey as part of a season-long promotion with The Goldklang
May 21: 8th Annual Run, Forrest, Run 5K Race
presented by Clear Channel and Fox 24.
June 25: 12th Annual "Kindness Beats
Blindness" silent auction which benefits MUSC's Storm Eye
July 4: Independence Day Fireworks
Celebration...simply the largest fireworks show in downtown
Aug. 5: Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame Night where
we welcome the newest members into the hallowed halls of Lowcountry baseball's
5: Fan Appreciation Night... Conclude the 2011 regular season in style with
tremendous discounts all over the ballpark and a mesmerizing fireworks display
as a fitting swan song for the year that was.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.