Two opening nights are better than one. At least for the Charleston RiverDogs baseball team.
The team's original home opener, scheduled for this past Monday at Riley Park, was cancelled because of rain. The RiverDogs played their home opener Tuesday against the Greenville Drive, but without all of the usual opening night festivities.
So Charleston has announced it will hold 'Re-Opening Night' on May 27 against Greenville with a doubleheader. The opening night activities will begin at 5:15 p.m. and the first game will start at 6:05.
"We had so many exciting things planned for Opening Night that we don't want to discard them," said General Manager Dave Echols. "Therefore, we'll simply have a second Opening Night and we'll call it 'Re-Opening Night' on May 27."
The pregame fun includes a parade around the outfield warning track that will include the College of Charleston cheerleaders, the North Charleston High School marching band, the South Carolina Stingrays' mascot Cool Ray, the Citadel Bulldogs' mascot Spike, the lads from the Holy City Beard and Moustache Society, and a quite few others one wouldn't expect to see on a baseball field.
Santa is expected to join in on the fun as well. As the parade concludes, the 2014 RiverDogs will be introduced to the home crowd when they enter the stadium on horse-drawn carriages.
On-hand to perform the Star Spangled Banner will be national recording artist and local star Elise Testone.
But the pregame highlight will be the arrival and introduction of mascot Charlie T. RiverDog, who will have a welcoming like none other. Fans will want to keep an eye on the sky for this one.
Fans who show their Harris Teeter VIC Card at the box office can purchase a special deal that includes two tickets to the game, two tacos, two fountain drinks, and one nacho tray for $20.
Those holding tickets from the April 7 Opening Night rainout may use those for the May 27 game or for any home game for the remainder of the season.
For tickets or more information, call (843) 577-3647 or go to www.riverdogs.com.