Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park

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Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park
The Joe
Location 360 Fishburne Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Coordinates 32°47′25″N 79°57′40″W / 32.79028°N 79.96111°W / 32.79028; -79.96111Coordinates: 32°47′25″N 79°57′40″W / 32.79028°N 79.96111°W / 32.79028; -79.96111
Broke ground June 7, 1996[1]
Opened April 6, 1997[2]
Owner City of Charleston
Operator City of Charleston/
Charleston Baseball, Inc.
Surface Bermuda Grass
Construction cost $19.5 million
($28.6 million in 2014 dollars[3])
Architect Hok Sport
Goff D'Antonio Associates
Structural engineer Kerr, Conrad & Graham[2]
Services engineer Bredson & Associates, Inc.[4]
General contractor McDevitt Street Bovis[5]
Capacity 6,000
Field size Left Field: 305 feet (93 m)
Left Center: 356 feet (109 m)
Center Field: 398 feet (121 m)
Right Center: 366 feet (112 m)
Right Field: 337 feet (103 m)
Tenants
Charleston RiverDogs (SAL) (1997–present)
The Citadel Bulldogs baseball

Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park is a stadium located in Charleston, South Carolina. The stadium is named after Charleston's longest serving (and current) mayor, Joseph P. Riley, Jr.. The stadium replaced College Park. It was built in 1997 and seats 6,000 people.

Nicknamed "The Joe" by locals, Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park is primarily used for baseball and is the home field of the Charleston RiverDogs baseball team of the Single A South Atlantic League and The Citadel Bulldogs baseball team, whose campus is located nearby.

History[edit]

The park has hosted 15 Southern Conference baseball tournaments through the 2014 season. On March 2, 2012, the venue hosted the neutral-site game of the Clemson-South Carolina baseball series. The game, which South Carolina won 3–2 in 11 innings, was attended by 5,851 spectators.[6] The Citadel defeated the Gamecocks 10–8 on April 16, 2014 before 6,500 fans, setting a new record for a college baseball crowd in Charleston.[7]

Plaque honoring Citadel coach Chal Port outside the Bulldogs clubhouse

The Citadel holds lifetime playing rights at the ballpark and has its own clubhouse in the stadium. The land that the stadium is built on once belonged to the school, and was a part of the land-swap negotiations that resulted in the City of Charleston taking over the land and giving The Citadel title to College Park.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Burger, Ken (June 8, 1996). "Riley's Vision of a Ballpark Slowly Rises". The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC). Retrieved March 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Miller, Andrew (April 6, 1997). "New Baseball Park a Recruiting Magnet". The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC). Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  4. ^ "Pro Baseball Sports Facilities". Bredson & Associates, Inc. Archived from the original on April 10, 2002. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ballpark Figures Rise in Minors". The State (Columbia, SC). July 7, 1997. Retrieved November 8, 2011. 
  6. ^ "#2 Gamecocks Edge #15 Clemson 3-2 in 11 Innings Friday". Clemson Athletics. March 2, 2012. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2012. "... in front of 5,851 fans at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park on Friday night." 
  7. ^ Jeff Hartsell (April 16, 2014). "Citadel baseball hands No. 11 South Carolina fourth straight loss before record crowd". Post and Courier (Charleston, SC). Retrieved June 30, 2014. 

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