The Charleston RiverDogs (Low A; Sally League) will play their home finale on Thursday, which could mark the establishment of a new attendance record.
After 289,704 fans have passed through the turnstiles in the 20th season at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, the club is now just 2,957 shy of their franchise record set last season.
“This has already been a fantastic season for us,” said RiverDogs President and General Manager Dave Echols. “Eclipsing the record tonight would be an acknowledgment of all the hard work and dedication put in by the entire RiverDogs staff this year, and a great way to tie up a memorable regular season.”
With the record on the near horizon, the RiverDogs will end the season with a bang with a postgame fireworks show to follow the final Budweiser Thirsty Thursday featuring $1 beers and DJ Natty Heavy hosting the end of the season bash in the Ashley View Pub.
It’s also Fan Appreciation Night at Riley Park with prizes and drawings available for the record setting crowd in attendance. If the RiverDogs eclipse the record, fans will have the opportunity to walk away with their very own RiverDogs embroidered disc record commemorating the historic season. The club will also announce the “Top Dog” of the 2016 season as the RiverDogs’ fan voted player of the year is unveiled alongside past names in RiverDogs history including Josh Hamilton, Phil Hughes, Delmon Young, and Jorge Mateo.
Pregame, the club will present a check to Chris Singleton and Charleston Southern Coach Stuart Lake for the CSU complex being named in honor of Singleton’s mother, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, one of the nine victims of the Mother Emmanuel AME tragedy. Gus Holt will also be recognized as the recipient of the T Ashton Phillips Award recognizing an individual each a season that has had a positive community impact with the RiverDogs organization.