The Charleston Riverdogs play at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park 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.
It was built in 1997 for the current equivalent of $28.2m (1997 dollars - $19.5m).
The Charleston Riverdogs have at times boosted attendance by giving spectators bobbleheads of such political luminaries as George W. Bush, John Kerry, Barack Obama, John McCain and Alvin Greene.
Charleston has a population roughly 50% larger than Wilmington's at 351,482 according to the 2010 census. Will be tough to get numbers even close to Charlestons which are not consistently high.
On April 11th, they only had 2,682 fans on hand, they did get over 6,000 on April 7th, but that was the exception rather than the rule and have gone downhill since.
When built in 1996, citizens were told that eventually it would probably be Double-A ball and it has never come to pass.
According to the Post & Courier, "To secure this idyllic spot along the river for this ballpark took monumental wheeling and dealing. It involved land swaps and tax manipulations and all the other tricks of the trade that (Mayor) Riley has learned along the way." Sounds familiar. . . .
All that glitters is not gold and I am yet hopeful that we'll have some fact driven conversations instead of vague half answers.
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