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 baseball.
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 contest.
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 patrons.
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 Joe
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 classic.
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 occupations around.
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 Wiggly.
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 free!
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 September 1.
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 gospel concert.
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 25.
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 Group.
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 Institute.
July 4: Independence Day Fireworks Celebration...simply the largest fireworks show in downtown Charleston.
Aug. 5: Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame Night where we welcome the newest members into the hallowed halls of Lowcountry baseball's elite.
Sept. 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.