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
Owner City of Charleston
Operator City of Charleston/
Charleston Baseball, Inc.
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)
Surface Bermuda Grass
Broke ground June 7, 1996[1]
Opened April 6, 1997[3]
Construction cost US$19.5 million
($29.1 million in 2017 dollars[2])
Architect Populous
Goff D'Antonio Associates
Structural engineer Kerr, Conrad & Graham[3]
Services engineer Bredson & Associates, Inc.[4]
General contractor McDevitt Street Bovis[5]
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 mayor, Joseph P. Riley Jr., who was instrumental in its construction.[1] 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.


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 ClemsonSouth 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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  1. ^ a b Burger, Ken (June 8, 1996). "Riley's Vision of a Ballpark Slowly Rises". The Post and Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. Retrieved March 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Miller, Andrew (April 6, 1997). "New Baseball Park a Recruiting Magnet". The Post and Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  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, South Carolina. 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, South Carolina. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 

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